06/19/2009 11:00PM

Smart Surprise all the way in Hill 'n' Dale


Smart Surprise ($5.10), trained by Josie Carroll for Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, won the $105,500 Hill 'n' Dale Stakes at Woodbine.

Smart Surprise led throughout the 1 1/16-mile route, setting slow fractions of 24.66 and 49.44 seconds under Patrick Husbands. Favored Serenading, another Hill 'n' Dale runner, rallied along the rail into contention on the far turn before fading to fourth. Roses 'n' Wine finished second, and Arden Belle closed for third in the six-horse field of fillies and mares.

Smart Surprise prevailed by 2 3/4 lengths, completing the distance in 1:43.68. In winning her second consecutive stakes, she has firmly established herself as Woodbine's leading older filly or mare.

In addition to their share of the purse, the first three finishers received a free season to a stallion at Hill 'n' Dale Farm Stallion in Kentucky.

* Stylish Citizen ($37.40) mowed down the three favorites in deep stretch to notch his first stakes in the $101,250 Charlie Barley, which was taken off the grass and run at a mile and 70 yards on the Polytrack.

With Jim McAleney riding for John Ross, Stylish Citizen won by a half-length over Crown Isle. Bear's Prospector was a close third, and the front-running favorite, Congor Bay, faded to fourth in the seven-horse field of 3-year-olds.

* Jockey Justin Stein was okay after being taken to the hospital after Saturday's third race, according to his agent, Al Raymond. Stein's mount, Kinshasa's Paradis, jumped the portable rail shortly after breaking from post 1, unseating Stein. Kinshasa's Paradis ran the wrong way around the track near the outer rail during the race, with the outrider in close pursuit, but did not interfere with the running of the race.