Free Vacation Wins at Woodbine
TORONTO (AP) _ Free Vacation, who won the Breeders’ Stakes, the third leg of Canada’s thoroughbred triple crown last August, returned to racing Saturday with a victory in the $183,925 Wonder Where Stakes, the third leg in the Canadian filly triple tiara, at Woodbine Race Track.
Free Vacation, ridden by Laurie Gulas, placed herself at the top of the 3-year-old filly class with the five-length win over Synchronized. Twinkle Creek finished third.
The bay daughter of Fly So Free _ owned by Roger Attfield, Bill Werner and Mickey and Phyllis Canino _ had a dream trip over the 1 1/4 miles on the turf.
Gulas sent Free Vacation to the front early and held a two-length lead before Synchronized, ridden by Tyrone Harding, made a bid for the lead on the final turn.
But Free Vacation drew away in the stretch to win in 2:08.78 over a course listed as yielding.
``She broke really well today and that’s what put me on the lead,″ Gulas said. ``She has natural speed and we didn’t get to show last time (in the Breeders’).
``This time, it was a clean break and she just galloped around. She’s an awesome filly.″
The win, worth $115,873, increased Free Vacation’s career earnings to $452,694.