04/29/2012 5:18PM

Woodbine: Northern Passion leads one-two finish for Casse fillies in Fury

Michael Burns
Northern Passion, under Luis Contreras, defeats stablemate Dene Court by 1 3/4 lengths in the Fury.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — The Mark Casse-trained stablemates Northern Passion and Dene Court ran one-two Sunday at Woodbine in the $150,000 Fury Stakes, a stepping-stone towards the June 3 Woodbine Oaks. 

The favored Northern Passion ($3.90) rallied along the rail under Luis Contreras to prevail by 1 3/4 lengths over second choice Dene Court, who was returning from a long layoff. Casa Loma was a stalking third in the seven-furlong sprint for Ontario-bred 3-year-old fillies.

It was the second stakes score for Northern Passion, who won the Grade 3 Natalma on the grass here in September.

“I think she’s better than last year,” said Contreras. “She’s got a big, big heart.”

Northern Passion completed the distance in 1:22.78, and collected $90,000 for owner John Oxley.