12/06/2008 1:00AM

Woodbine: Patena hangs on


Patena ($10.50) wore down a game Hooh Why in the final furlong to take the $152,000 Display Stakes at Woodbine.

Hooh Why, the lone filly in the 11-horse field, set honest fractions on an uncontested lead in the 1 1/16-mile route for 2-year-olds. Patena raced in the first flight on the backstretch and came three wide on the far turn before taking a slim lead at the eighth pole. Hooh Why dug in through the last eighth, but Patena prevailed by a head, in a time of 1:44.72.

Robert Landry rode Patena for trainer Josie Carroll.

"I had a great trip," Landry said. "I was worried that I was going to be on the lead, but he relaxed nicely, and I put him in behind horses. He pulled up a little when he made the lead. Him being a colt and [Hooh Why] being a filly might have had something to do with that."

Patena, a well-bred son of Seeking the Gold, banked $90,000 in his first stakes score for owners John and Glen Sikura and Dominic Dilalla.

Red Leader rallied for third, and 7-2 favorite Bear's Rocket wound up fourth. Vaquero was scratched. All wagers were refunded on Flying Brigade, who was deemed to have had an unfair start.