06/05/2011 2:24PM

Woodbine: New Normal rallies late to win Alywow


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Getting back to Woodbine obviously agreed with New Normal as the turf-loving filly rallied from just off the pace to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths in Sunday’s 6 1/2-furlong Alywow Stakes.

With rider Patrick Husbands in the irons, New Normal tracked the pace of front-running Speightstown Lady and the pressing Classy Zip as those two appeared to have gotten away on her in midstretch.

But New Normal, under persistent urging, caught the faltering leaders late to take down the top prize of $60,000 in the $100,000 overnight stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Speightstown Lady held for second, three-quarters of a length before Classy Zip in the field of eight.

“I thought at one point she wasn’t going to get there,” said Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, racing manager for New Normal’s owner, Robert S. Evans.

“She’s got a super, super turn of foot and obviously she showed it today. And, she’s got a lot of class.”

Bred in Kentucky by her owner, New Normal captured the Grade 3 Natalma over one mile of turf here last year and now has won three of her six starts and $218,020 for trainer Mark Frostad.

In her only previous start this year, New Normal had set the pace but weakened to finish eighth in the Grade 3 Appalachian over one mile of turf at Keeneland. She returned $6.40 as the favorite in the Alywow.