09/01/2007 12:00AM

Speak Wisely takes Ontario Colleen


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Speak Wisely notched her first stakes win in her turf debut Saturday at Woodbine in the $128,600 Ontario Colleen, a one-mile event for 3-year-old fillies.

Todd Kabel had Speak Wisely stalking in second on the backstretch as outsider Northern City set a fast pace until the top of the stretch. Speak Wisely hit the front exiting the turn, and then held off both favored Audacious Chloe and Sprung in the stretch to prevail by 2o3/4 lengths in a time of 1:34.71.

Sprung edged Audacious Chloe by a head for second in a field reduced to 14 with the scratch of Saskawea.

"She was very sharp in the post parade, and I expected her to show speed," said Kabel of Speak Wisely. "I was able to settle her off the pace, and when I asked her to run, she dug down deep and gave me a big effort."

Speak Wisely returned $14.70 and banked $75,000 for Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad.