06/05/2011 6:59PM

Woodbine: Inglorious runs down pacesetter to win Woodbine Oaks

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Michael Burns
Inglorious runs by pacesetter Spooky Kitten to win the Woodbine Oaks.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Favored Inglorious collared 10-1 shot Spooky Kitten in deep stretch to capture Sunday’s $500,400 Woodbine Oaks under leading rider Luis Contreras.

Inglorious ($5.20) rated kindly in the nine-furlong test for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies and raced in midpack on the outside on the backstretch. Spooky Kitten, who was supplemented for $12,500, set slow fractions of 24.89 seconds, 50.57, and 1:15.31 under Edgar Prado, with Bear It’s Time and Marketing Mix in close proximity.

Inglorious loomed into serious contention on the far turn and then awaited room at the quarter pole before being angled wide for the drive. She took dead aim at Spooky Kitten in the final furlong and hit the front at the 70-yard pole en route to a three-quarter-length tally, in a time of 1:51.77.

“I wasn’t really worried,” Contreras said. “I was behind the horses, waiting [to make my move]. What can I say? She’s amazing. I think she can run on anything – do whatever you want. It doesn’t matter.”

Marketing Mix, the 7-2 second choice, wound up two lengths behind the winner in third, in her first start around two turns. She was followed by Roxy Gap, Silver Ami, Bear It’s Time, Grand Style, Charismatically, and Abrianna.

Inglorious earned $300,000 for Donver Stable, which boosted her bankroll to $650,000.

The Oaks has been a successful prep for the Queen’s Plate, but trainer Josie Carroll was noncommittal about going to that $1 million Canadian classic on June 26 with Inglorious.

“There are a lot of options that we’re going to toss around, but right now, we’re going to enjoy the moment,” Carroll said.

Carroll said Inglorious has been the consummate professional.

“She does what you ask her to do,” Carroll explained. “The only thing I said to Luis before the race is to just ride her with patience and confidence, and she’ll do the rest, and that’s what he did. She jumped out early, and he eased her back and some horses came around her. She didn’t panic. He didn’t panic. They relaxed and did their thing.”