09/01/2013 2:08PM

Woodbine: Part the Seas gets first stakes win in Avowal

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Michael Burns
Part the Seas (No. 3), ridden by Justin Stein, wins the Avowal Stakes by three-quarters of a length Sunday at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Part the Seas, making her first start since being claimed for $62,500 here Aug. 3, rallied from seventh place to assume command in midstretch and went on to score by three-quarters of a length in Sunday’s $104,800 Avowal Stakes over seven furlongs on a firm turf course.

Justin Stein was aboard Part the Seas, who became a stakes winner in the Avowal for her new trainer, Mike De Paulo, and the Bear Stables of Danny Dion.

“To be honest, I thought I’d be sitting a little more forwardly,” Stein said. “She settled into the race. She was really relaxed. I was a little bit concerned, but I just let her do her thing. When I asked her to punch, she kicked hard. She ran them down and just kept on going.”

Dene Court, making her first appearance in more than 13 months, set the pace and gave way grudgingly to finish second, a neck before third-place Sca Doodle, who also is owned by Dion but trained by Reade Baker.

Swift Artist, Queen of the Waves, Evil Kitten, 2-1 favorite Why Katherine, and Actionontwo completed the order of finish in the field of eight fillies and mares.

Part the Seas was clocked in 1:22.41 and returned $18.70 as the sixth choice while keying a $133.80 exacta, a $1,710.10 trifecta, and a $4,454.95 superfecta.