Updated on 09/17/2011 12:15PM

Woodbine: Forever Grand rallies


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Forever Grand ($12.40) rallied strongly from last under Patrick Husbands to take the $132,375 Shepperton Stakes by a neck over 13-1 shot Dillinger.

Forever Grand raced about five lengths behind on the backstretch of the 6 1/2-furlong dash, as favorite Wild Whiskey and Krz Ruckus dueled through lively fractions of 21.97 and 44.48 seconds. Forever Grand was angled wide for the drive and began to kick in at the three-sixteenths pole.

All seven runners in the field appeared to have a chance at the eighth pole before Forever Grand came widest to overhaul Dillinger in the final strides. Krz Ruckus finished another neck back in third, a head in front of Mister Coop. The final time was 1:17.10.

It was the second victory in an Ontario-sired stakes this year for Forever Grand, who banked $79,425. He is owned by Frank DiGiulio Jr. and trainer Bob Tiller.