07/30/2010 1:29PM

Somme has the turf expertise in Wonder Where


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Somme’s positive turf experience makes her the one to fear most in Sunday’s $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes at Woodbine.

The Wonder Where is the final leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara, a lucrative series for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies. Free Fee Lady and Moment of Majesty are the two contenders who are trying the turf for the first time in 1 1/4-mile fixture.

Somme went directly from her maiden triumph to the June 13 Alywow Stakes, a turf sprint that she won from off a lively pace. Three weeks ago, she was second behind front-runner Barracks Road as the 2-5 choice in another grass stakes, the Ontario Damsel.

Trainer Josie Carroll said things didn’t go Somme’s way in the one-mile Ontario Damsel.

“I thought the short field, with the way the race set up, hurt her,” said Carroll. “By the time she got running it was too late.”

Carroll said she is optimistic that Somme, a daughter of stamina sire Theatrical, will stay the Wonder Where distance.

Carroll also entered the improving maiden Cindy’s Joy, who earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 83 when she ran second to the upwardly mobile Perfect Shirl in a nine-furlong maiden special on the lawn June 13. Perfect Shirl subsequently won the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes at Saratoga.

Free Fee Lady romped in the second Tiara race, the 1 1/16-mile Bison City Stakes, while beating the 1-10 favorite, Embur’s Song. She registered a big 92 Beyer Figure then, in her first appearance since her second-out maiden victory.

“That was a huge race the other day,” said trainer Reade Baker. “Her first win was good, and the second one was a monster. She was just galloping away from the field.”

Baker said minor problems delayed Free Fee Lady’s racing career.

“She had a bunch of little things,” Baker recalled. “Thank God, I had an owner who let me go at whatever speed that she allowed us to go at. One wrong turn, and she might have turned into a claimer.”

Moment of Majesty, like Free Free Lady, is bred for the grass on the dam’s side of her pedigree.

Moment of Majesty suffered a heartbreaking loss to Roan Inish in the first leg of the Triple Tiara, the nine-furlong Woodbine Oaks, losing by a head while running the race of her life. She was a nonthreatening eighth last time out against the boys in the Queen’s Plate.