10/30/2011 4:01PM

Woodbine: Atlantic Hurricane strengthens Sovereign credentials by taking Ontario Fashion

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Michael Burns
Atlantic Hurricane puts herself in position for for the Sovereign Award as Canadian champion female sprinter by winning Sunday's Ontario Fashion.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Atlantic Hurricane  wore down the 16-1 shipper Waccamaw in deep stretch to capture the $151,500 Ontario Fashion Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.

Waccamaw set fractions of 22.44 and 45.01 seconds in the six-furlong  sprint, while being tracked by Atlantic Hurricane, who’s normally on the early lead. Waccamaw began to weaken inside the sixteenth pole, where her rider dropped his whip, and Atlantic Hurricane ($8) went on to prevail by a half-length, in a time of 1:09.23.

Ariana D, the 3-5 favorite, emerged from traffic in the stretch to finish three lengths back in third in the six-horse field. 

Atlantic Hurricane collected $90,000 in her second stakes victory of the meet. Trainer Stuart Simon said she will make her next start Nov. 20 in the Grade 3 Bessarabian Stakes. If she were to win that seven-furlong event, she would become the top candidate for the Sovereign Award as Canadian champion female sprinter.

* Stormy Lord ($9.40) held off 3-1 favorite Hollinger in the final furlong to take the $116,800 Labeeb Stakes. With Justin Stein up, the Ian Black-trained Stormy Lord covered about a mile over yielding turf in 1:39.94.