10/23/2016 2:18PM

Will She romps in Fanfreluche Stakes

Michael Burns
Will She, ridden by Jesse Campbell, wins the Fanfreluche for 2-year-old fillies by 8 3/4 lengths.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario— Will She ran away and hid from her rivals in the stretch en route to notching her first stakes in the $150,000 Fanfreluche at Woodbine on Sunday.

The heavily favored Heard That and Sassy Ombre linked up through a sizzling opening quarter-mile in 21.23 seconds, before Sassy Ombre opened up a clear lead approaching the turn in the six-furlong sprint.

Will She ($16.30), who was taken out of the early duel, stalked three-wide on the turn before going in for the kill. She prevailed easily by 8 3/4 lengths, in a final time of 1:10.06.

Green Freedom rallied belatedly on the outside to nose out Heard That for second in the five-horse field of Ontario-bred 2-year-old fillies. 

Jesse Campbell rode Will She, a daughter of the late Wando who earned $90,000 for owner Gustav Schickedanz and trainer Mike Keogh. She finished far up the turf course after setting the pace in her previous race going a mile in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes.

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“Cutting back to six furlongs really helped,” said Keogh, who gave Campbell carte blanche in the race.

“We discussed this morning, and the first thing Mike said was to ride the race the way you need to ride,” said Campbell. “He’s got a lot of confidence in me.”