10/13/2002 11:00PM

Woodbine: First Quarter dividends

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Late-blooming First Quarter ($14.10) pulled off an upset in Monday's $161,250 Carotene Stakes, winning her first stakes by a length over front-running Atlantic Fury.

Hot Talent, the more fancied half of the heavily favored entry with sixth-place finisher Winning Chance, was fourth in the turf event for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies. That result created large show payoffs of $17.40 for First Quarter, $27.90 for Atlantic Fury, and $18.40 for Silver Nithi.

First Quarter trailed in the six-horse field early after breaking slowly, but ended up stalking the pace heading into the turn. She made a three-wide bid exiting the turn, and hit the front nearing the eighth pole before edging away to cover the about 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.75 seconds.

Jockey Robert Landry said First Quarter's miscue at the start didn't hinder her chances any.

"She was a little antsy in the gate, but it ended up working out," said Landry. "She settled easily for me, stalked the speed, and did her running when it counted."

First Quarter, trained and bred by Jim Day, earned $96,750 for the Come by Chance Stable and Robert Schaedle.