07/28/2007 12:00AM

Sealy Hill takes to the turf


Favored Sealy Hill made her turf debut a winning one, taking the $251,600 Wonder Where Stakes at Woodbine by a comfortable margin under Patrick Husbands.

The 1 1/4-mile Wonder Where is the final race of the Canadian triple tiara series for 3-year-old fillies. Sealy Hill finished first in the first two legs, the Woodbine Oaks and Bison City Stakes, but was disqualified and placed third in the latter for drifting into the path of a rival, a decision which is under appeal.

Sealy Hill raced far off a lively pace on the backstretch before looming into contention on the far turn, along with Saskawea and Maryland shipper Street Sounds. Sealy Hill overtook those two at the eighth pole, and then began to drift out to the middle of the course en route to a 2 1/4-length score. Saskawea edged Street Sounds by a half-length for second in the nine-horse field of Canadian-breds.

“She’s a really talented filly,” said Mark Casse, who trains Sealy Hill for Melnyk Racing Stable. “If we could just get her to run straight, it would make me a lot happier.”

Sealy Hill ($5.80) covered the distance in 2:02.17. She has now earned $733,122.