10/02/2017 4:49PM

Wonderment edges Bee Noteworthy in Arctic Queen

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Wonderment paid $3.80 in winning the Arctic Queen Stakes on Monday.

It looked as though Bee Noteworthy was going to roll by favored Wonderment in deep stretch of the $50,000 Arctic Queen Stakes at Finger Lakes on Monday. But Wonderment dug in, the two finished side by side, and Wonderment won the head bob.

Wonderment was ridden by jockey Dylan Davis and is trained by Ken McPeek, both of whom have done well at the upstate New York track the past two seasons. Davis is now 6 for 15 at Finger Lakes in 2016-17, with five stakes wins. McPeek is 3 for six, with all his wins coming in stakes.

Victoria's Fire shot to the lead and set fractions of 22.20 and 45.61 from post 1 in the Arctic Queen, a six-furlong sprint for statebred fillies and mares.

Wonderment advanced three wide nearing the stretch and took the lead soon after straightening out for the drive.

Bee Noteworthy rallied after Wonderment from the outside, reached equal terms with her in the final sixteenth, and then dropped a heartbreaker of a nose decision. Wonderment and Bee Noteworthy finished close to each other and may have even brushed at the wire.

Wonderment paid $3.80 in the eight-horse field and was timed in 1:11.46. She is now 5 for 17 in her career with earnings of $364,120. It was 7 3/4 lengths back from Bee Noteworthy to She's All Ready in third. Tough Temper finished a nose farther back in fourth.