10/19/2008 11:00PM

Third straight Maple Leaf for Wilson


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Jockey Emma Wilson won the $180,350 Maple Leaf Stakes for the third year in a row Sunday at Woodbine aboard Tell It As It Is.

Whitepark Bay set slow fractions while being pressed by Russian Rosie and It’s True Love in the 1 1/4-mile event. Tell It As It Is rated kindly at the back of the pack until the far turn, where she began to mount a wide rally.

Tell It as It Is caught favored Arden Belle on wire, winning by a nose in a time of 2:04.99. Born to Be finished third in the seven-horse field of fillies and mares.

“I was trying to hold my position between two horses going down the backside,” said Wilson. “When the horse in front of me started backing up, I squeezed her back and got her to the outside. As soon as I tapped her on the shoulder once, she got back on the bridle, and I figured she was gonna run big.”

Tell It As It Is ($9.20) banked $105,000 for the Cinnamont Stable and trainer Jim Smith.