Robert Marzilli’s Caren, patiently handled by Jesse Campbell, made the lead and never looked back en route to a comfortable score in Sunday’s $ 251,600 Wonder Where Stakes, third leg of the filly Triple Tiara, at Woodbine.
Trained by Mike DePaulo, the Society’s Chairman bay competed in all three legs of the Triple Tiara finishing third in the Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, before taking the second leg, the Bison City Stakes, in her familiar front-running fashion.
The start of the 1 1/4-mile turf event was eventful as Wonderland, after being forced inward and bumping with favoured Gamble’s Ghost, dismounted jockey Jim McAleney. Caren, sent to post at odds of 5-1 in the field of 13, was away quickly and set a moderate pace with Conquest Dynasty and Neshama, the Oaks winner, tracking her early foot.
Caren led the field to the top of the lane with a 3 ½-length advantage and had plenty left in the tank to secure a three-length score. Conquest Dynasty carried on for place, a neck the better of Swoop and Strike. Zermatta, at odds of 122-1, rallied to complete the superfecta. Caren covered 1 1/4-miles over a firm E.P. Taylor Turf Course in 2:03.10. An inquiry into the start of the race resulted in no changes.
Campbell was thrilled with the effort of Caren who he has now partnered to six added-money wins, including victories in the Shady Well, Nandi, Victorian Queen and Princess Elizabeth Stakes in an electric juvenile campaign.
“She was comfortable out there,” said Campbell. “The filly learned how to rate herself nice. She’s just a pro. She’s just gotten to where she doesn’t want me to be real aggressive any more. She’s given me everything she has to begin with. We let her do her thing, and she just keeps on truckin’.”
The versatile Caren has now won at distances ranging from 4 1/2-furlongs to 1 1/4-miles, while competing in stakes company in all but her debut, in which she graduated, while competing in a maiden allowance sprint.
Caren, bred in Ontario by James A. Everatt, Janeane A. Everatt and J. Arika Everatt-Meeuse, banked $ 150,000 in victory while improving her record to 7-2-2 from 12 starts.
She paid $ 12.70, $ 7 and $ 5, combining with Conquest Dynasty ($ 11.30, $ 7.70) for a $ 104.90 (6-8) exactor. A 6-8-9 triactor (Swoop and Strike, $ 11.40 to show) was worth $ 1122.20, while a $ 1 Superfecta [6-8-9-13 (Zermatta)] came back $ 30,697.60.
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