07/14/2013 4:12PM

Woodbine: Surtsey wins Ontario Damsel at 41-1

Michael Burns
Surtsey, ridden by Jermaine Bridgmohan, won the Ontario Damsel Stakes in her turf debut Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Surtsey, a 41-1 outsider ridden by Jermaine Bridgmohan, rallied strongly to take the $150,000 Ontario Damsel Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.

Surtsey ($84.10) stalked in third on the backstretch, then dropped to fourth on the turn, while Akron Moon set quick fractions in the one-mile turf route. Surtsey commenced a wide rally exiting the turn, then mowed down the leaders nearing the eighth pole before drawing clear for a 2 1/4-length tally in 1:33.80 over firm ground.

“She was coming out of sprints and broke real sharp,” Bridgmohan said. “It was her first time on the turf, and I just wanted her to relax and finish up, and boy did she ever.”

Trained by Kevin Attard, Surtsey earned $90,000 for owner Yvonne Schwabe, who bred the winner of last Sunday’s Queen’s Plate, Midnight Aria.

Adventure At Sea finished second at 11-1, and the favored Dance Again was a prominent third in the field of seven Ontario-breds.