09/25/2011 4:48PM

Woodbine: Smart Sting draws away in stretch to win Selene Stakes

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Michael Burns
Smart Sting scores a front-running 3 1/2-length victory in the Grade 3 Selene Stakes at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Roger Attfield and jockey Eurico Da Silva combined to sweep both stakes at Woodbine on Sunday, most notably the Grade 3, $255,500 Selene for 3-year-old fillies with Smart Sting.

Smart Sting ($13.70) led most of the way through slow fractions in the Selene, before drawing off in the stretch to score by 3 1/2 lengths, in a time of 1:43.73 for the 1 1/16 miles. Left in her wake were the two favorites, Anne’s Beauty and Inglorious, who fought for second, which Anne’s Beauty secured by a neck. Inglorious’s rider claimed foul on Anne’s Beauty for interference in the stretch, but the result stood.

Smart Sting, owned by Stronach Stable, had competed exclusively on turf prior to the Grade 3 Selene.

“She’d been working great on the Polytrack,” Attfield said. “She’s very, very well right now. I told Eurico in the paddock to just let her run her race, and he gave her a great ride. The filly has a big future.”

* Attfield sent out the first-, second-, and fourth-place finishers in Sunday’s $103,400 Flaming Page, which was taken off the grass and run on the Polytrack.

Honimiere ($4.90) led throughout the 12-furlong marathon to prevail by 7 1/2 lengths over Oregon Lady, covering the distance in 2:31.25. Happy Clapper finished third, and Thislilsoulofmine was fourth in the five-horse field.