11/27/2010 8:15PM

Pender Harbour gets stakes win in Kingarvie

Michael Burns
Pender Harbour, Slade Callaghan up, wins the Kingarvie.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Pender Harbour ($21.30) took the long way home en route to his first stakes score in the $128,200 Kingarvie at Woodbine Racetrack Saturday.

Pender Harbour went four wide on the first turn in the 1 1/16-mile test for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds, and eventually commenced a five-wide rally on the far turn under Slade Callaghan. He took dead aim at pacemaker Altius in the stretch, and made the lead nearing the sixteenth pole before drawing clear for a 2 1/4-length tally in 1:45.60.

Hippolytus, who, like Pender Harbour is a son of sire freshman sire Philanthropist, finished second. Ojibway Signal closed on the outside for third, and favored Invitation Only faded to seventh after a stalking trip in the 13-horse field.

Pender Harbour collected $75,000 for the partnership of Denny Andrews and Robert Griffin. It was the third Kingarvie victory for trainer Mike DePaulo.

"You hate to give up ground, but he's a strong horse," said DePaulo. "His mother went two turns. It's a good thing he dragged Slade along, and we got the cash."