08/01/2013 1:42PM

Woodbine notes: Smartyfly to complete series in Wonder Where

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Michael Burns
Smartyfly finished fourth in the Woodbine Oaks and third in the Bison City.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Smartyfly, who ended fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks and third in the 1 1/16-mile Bison City, will complete a perfect attendance record in the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies when she goes postward in Sunday’s $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes.

The Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile turf race, attracted a field of eight headed by Woodbine Oaks 1-2 finishers Nipissing and Spring in the Air.

“The filly’s in good order, so we’ll finish out the series,” said Malcolm Pierce, who conditions the homebred Smartfly for Sam-Son Farm. “I don’t know about the mile and a quarter, but I think she’ll like the turf.”

Smartyfly has raced on grass just once, finishing 11th of 12 in a first-level allowance over 1 1/16 miles at Keeneland in her seasonal bow on April 7.

“I think you can throw that race out,” said Pierce. “She got knocked around so many times that she pretty much gave it up going into the first turn, and she’s worked well on the grass here.”

Smartyfly has worked twice on the turf training course this summer, breezing four furlongs in 48.80 on July 14 and getting five furlongs in 1:00 one week later.

Rounding out the Wonder Where field are As If I Care, Bold Birdie, Carmelita, Surtsey and Tonight We Dance, who is trained by Pierce for Greg Lang, Rick Pettifer, and Mike Ambler.

Tonight We Dance was entered in a first-level allowance race last Saturday but was scratched when the race was switched to the main track at the 11th hour.

“I think she’ll like the distance, but I don’t know if she’s good enough,” said Pierce. “I would have preferred to run her in the nonwinners of two; this was Plan B.”

In Tonight to Dance’s last start on turf, which came here June 21, she finished a closing third while competing under first-level allowance terms at one mile.

Big day for Barnett

Trainer Earl Barnett was the man of the hour here Wednesday night, sending out Hobnobsnob to win the $127,000 Victoriana Stakes and saddling two other winners on the eight-race card for his first career triple.

“Last night was kind of special,” said Barnett here Thursday morning. “The owners of all three horses were here. They’re lovely, lovely people. I’ve had some unproductive years, and they’ve stuck with me. They’ve given me the support you need raising young horses. They’re the small owners who are the key to survival in this industry.”

Barnett, who has 10 horses here, sent out the 4-year-old Hobnobsnob to win for the third time in as many starts this season in the Victoriana, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

“She looks like the real deal on the grass for an Ontario-sired filly,” said Barnett, who trains Hobnobsnob for owner/breeder Susan Rasmussen. “She’s been super-lucky to get three starts on turf; Polytrack is not her thing.”

With no more Ontario-sired turf stakes opportunities remaining, Barnett will be looking to open allowance or stakes company for Hobnobsnob’s next appearance.

“I don’t know where we’re going to go with her now,” said Barnett. “She came back good and healthy. That’s the main thing.”

Barnett was saddling his 19th career stakes winner and boosting his career win total to 200 on Wednesday, with Faith in Phoebe and Slew of Envy both capturing maiden claiming races to complete his triple.

He also saddled the 1-2 finishers in the 2009 Victoriana, with San Nicola Whiskey defeated You Will Love Me.

Less than a half-hour earlier that day, the Barnett-trained Anne’s Purse had captured the Rainbow Connection for Ontario-sired fillies and mares at Fort Erie.