Updated on 09/17/2011 6:33PM

Soaring Free conquers Atto Mile

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Soaring Free scores a three-quarter length win over Perfect Soul in the $1 million Atto Mile on Sunday at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Soaring Free conquered a distance which had previously eluded him on Sunday at the Woodbine, with a front-running score over Perfect Soul in the $1 million .

Soaring Free, the 2-1 favorite in the Grade 1 event, broke on top from the outside under Todd Kabel, and benefited from a slow pace in the one-turn event. He got the opening quarter in :23.48 seconds, while dueling with Royal Regalia, who set the half-mile split of :46.01.

Soaring Free assumed command after three-quarters in 1:09.19, as Perfect Soul commenced a strong rally, which saw him fanned eight-wide at the top of the stretch. Perfect Soul took dead aim at Soaring Free in the final furlong, but his bid fell three-quarters of a length short.

Royal Regalia finished a head behind Perfect Soul in third in the 11-horse field. Surging River, Mobil, Kathir, Slew Valley, Dumaani Star, Millennium Dragon, Christine's Outlaw and My Lucky Strike completed the order of finish.

The final time over a firm course was 1:32.72 seconds.

Kabel, who was second aboard Soaring Free in last year's Atto, said he anticipated a faster pace in the race.

"Nobody wanted the lead, and I was able to dictate everything from the outside," Kabel said. "I let him settle into his own stride down the backside, and when (Royal Regalia) took the lead on the turn, I was content to sit off him, and give Soaring Free something to run at. The horse I was worried about was (Perfect Soul), and when I heard him coming, I was begging for the wire."

Corey Nakatani, who rode Perfect Soul, was unhappy with the pace scenario. "I thought there was going to be a little more pace in there, to set it up for me," Nakatani explained. "I just sat on him, and he made his run."

Soaring Free returned $6.30, and headed an exactor worth $27.20. First prize of $600,000 boosted his bankroll to $1,821,784.

It was the second Atto triumph for Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad, who won the 2001 running by disqualification with Quiet Resolve.

Frostad said Soaring Free would make his next start in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Mile at Lone Star Oct. 30.

* Dubleo ($6.50), the favored New Jersey shipper, led throughout the Grade 2 Summer for 2-year-olds, one of two supporting stakes on the Atto Mile card.

It was the fourth consecutive victory for Dubleo, who ran a mile on the turf in 1:34.69 seconds under Nakatani. Dance With Ravens, a well-regarded Sam-Son maiden, finished two and a quarter lengths back in second.

Dubleo, trained by Todd Pletcher, earned $166,650 of the $277,750 purse.

* Classic Stamp ($23.90) overhauled 9-5 favorite Inish Glora in deep stretch to capture the Grade 2, $327,500 Canadian Handicap for fillies and mares.

Patrick Husbands rode Classic Stamp, who covered nine furlongs on the grass in 1:43.59 seconds. Trained by Cliff Hopmans, she banked $198,300.