08/20/2011 4:54PM

Woodbine: Niigon's Touch collects first stakes win in Eternal Search

Michael Burns
Tyler Pizarro guides Niigon's Touch to victory in the Eternal Search.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Niigon’s Touch closed stoutly under Tyler Pizarro to capture her first stakes convincingly in the $125,000 Eternal Search at Woodbine on Saturday.

Niigon’s Touch ($5.40) bided her time in fifth on the backstretch, as Isabella Bay set honest fractions in the 1 1/16-mile route. Niigon’s Touch commenced a five-wide rally heading into the far turn, and then swept by the leaders nearing the eighth pole before drawing clear to prevail by 3 1/4 lengths, in a time of 1:44.86. Lucky Be Me, at 27-1, outran favored Bear It’s Time for third, and Isabella Bay faded to fourth in the six-horse field of Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies. 

Niigon’s Touch is the first stakes winner for her sire, Niigon, the 2004 Queen’s Plate winner. Both are owned by Chiefswood Stable. Niigon’s Touch is trained by Paul Attard.

“We’re going to give her a little break after this race,” said Attard. “That was the plan, win or lose. She definitely deserves it now.”

Stars to Shine ($4.80) came wide from a stalking position to notch her first stakes in Saturday’s supporting feature, the $100,000 Belle Mahone. Ariana D closed five-wide for second in the 1 1/16-mile route for fillies and mares, which was run in a time of 1:43.77.

It was the fourth of five winners on the card for Patrick Husbands, who rode the Stars to Shine for trainer Mark Frostad.