07/01/2011 6:21PM

Woodbine: Don Cavallo romps in Dominion Day

Michael Burns
Don Cavallo, with Luis Contreras up, wins the Dominion Day.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Favored Don Cavallo blew away a diverse field under Luis Contreras in the Grade 3, $201,600 Dominion Day Stakes, the feature on Canada Day at Woodbine on Friday.

Don Cavallo tracked the leading Longboarder early, before dragging Contreras to the front on the backstretch of the 1 1/4-mile event. The middle fractions, over a Polytrack that was yielding slow times, were 49.32 seconds and 1:13.11.

Don Cavallo took control on the far turn, and was five lengths clear at the eighth pole before coasting home on top by 3 3/4 lengths over a closing James Street. Kentucky shipper Stately Victor, last year's Ontario Derby winner, outran Center Divider for third in the 11-horse field.

Don Cavallo ($7.20) collected $120,000 in his first stakes triumph for Stronach Stable and trainer Roger Attfield.

"The boy did a great job riding him," said Attfield. "He was so strong the whole trip. I could tell down the backside how easy he was going. I was hoping that [Longboarder] would carry him a little farther than he did, in case he got to looking around in the lane, but he ran very professionally. He's a very nice horse in the making"