07/25/2003 11:00PM

Woodbine: 'Mamma' dominates


La Grande Mamma ($3.30) seized command on the turn before coasting to an easy victory in the $137,375 Nandi Stakes at Woodbine in Etobicoke, Ontario.

La Grande Mamma stalked longshot Always Hope through an opening quarter of 22.66 seconds in the six-furlong sprint for Ontario-sired juvenile fillies. She assumed the lead before getting the half-mile split in 46.34, and then drew off in the stretch to prevail by four lengths.

Boozin Blonde finished a clear second, while My Vintage Port ended up third in the 10-horse field. The final time, over a muddy track, was 1:12.73.

"I had a perfect trip," said Patrick Husbands, who rode the winner. "Everything I asked her to do, she did."

La Grande Mamma earned $82,425 for owner Great Plyer and trainer Steve Owens, who claimed her for $25,000 from her winning debut on July 4.