04/19/2002 11:00PM

Wild Whiskey wires Woodstock


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Wild Whiskey outsprinted favored Rare Friends for the early lead and made all the running in an 8 3/4-length score in Saturday's $136,750 Woodstock Stakes at Woodbine.

Wild Whiskey set fractions of 22.05 and 44.91 seconds in the six-furlong dash for 3-year-olds. With Ray Sabourin aboard, Wild Whiskey opened up a six-length cushion at the eighth pole, and coasted home on top in 1:10.62.

"He broke well, as usual, and just went on with it," said Sabourin. "I was basically just hanging on. I kept him busy down the lane, and he had lots left."

Wild Whiskey ($7.20) earned $82,050 in his first stakes victory for John Ross, who trains the colt for the partnership of Gary Wellwood and Larry Titchner.

Anglian Prince, at 64-1, rallied inside to finish second, a nose in front of Rare Friends.