07/01/2012 4:37PM

Woodbine: Dominion Day second straight stakes win for Hunters Bay

Michael Burns
Emma Wilson guides Hunters Bay to a one-length victory in the Dominion Day.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario—Hunters Bay  outran a determined Pender Harbour en route to his second consecutive stakes win Sunday at Woodbine in the $208,000 Dominion Day.

Hunters Bay ($3.40) prevailed by a length in the Grade 3 fixture, while covering the 1 1/4-mile distance in 2:04.11. Pender Harbour finished a clear second after putting some mid-race pressure on pacemaker Straight Story, who set slow fractions before fading. Straight Story pulled up lame near the finish, and was vanned off.

Stately Victor, the 2010 Ontario Derby winner, checked in third in a field reduced to five with the scratch of Newsdad. There was no show wagering.

Emma Wilson, who rode Hunters Bay, gave kudos to Pender Harbour, last year’s Canadian champion 3-year-old. 

“Pender Harbour has done a lot in his career,” said Wilson. “He’s shown that he can play with the big boys. My horse is a good horse, and he was playing with him a little bit. Inside the eighth pole, he really started to stride on and ease away from him. I was pretty confident in my horse.  He’s so easy to handle. Having that tactical ability makes him easy to ride in these kind of races.”

Hunters Bay, who notched his previous start in the Grade 3 Eclipse, banked $126,000 for Stronach Stable and trainer Reade Baker.