07/24/2010 7:47PM

Windward Islands beats stablemate in Nijinsky


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad ran one-two in Saturday's Grade 2, $312,400 Nijinsky Stakes at Woodbine, with Windward Islands and Grand Adventure. Grand Adventure, the 6-5 favorite in the nine-furlong turf route, dueled with Southdale through honest fractions, over a course labeled yielding. Grand Adventure took control early in the stretch, but was overhauled in the final sixteenth by Windward Islands, who went on to prevail by 3 1/2 lengths. Southdale faded to finish third, in a field reduced to six with the scratches of Spice Route and Utterly Cool.

Windward Islands ($16.30) covered the distance in 1:53.58 under Chantal Sutherland, in his first outing in over a year.

"He's had some nagging problems all his life," said Frostad. "He's a little fragile, and we don't get too many races out of him, but he's a real high-quality horse."

Toronto Cup: Stormy Lord gets stakes win

Stormy Lord ($7) notched his first stakes in Saturday's supporting feature, the $174,800 Toronto Cup, a race that Windward Islands won in 2007.

With Jim McAleney aboard, Stormy Lord covered nine furlongs over good turf in 1:49.62, while scoring by a half-length over 15-1 outsider Kara's Orientation.

Favored Dark Cloud Dancer, who was cross-entered in Sunday's Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie, finished sixth in the seven-horse field of 3-year-olds.

Stormy Lord collected $108,000 for Hat Trick Stable and Kinghaven Farm.

Trainer Ian Black said Stormy Lord could run back Aug. 15 in the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes.