Caren uncatchable in Wonder Where

ETOBICOKE, Ontario—Caren went straight to the front under Jesse Campbell and never looked back to capture Sunday’s $251,600 Wonder Where Stakes, the final leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara at Woodbine

Trained by Mike DePaulo for owner Robert Marzilli, Caren ($12.70) set a moderate pace while being pressed by Conquest Dynasty. Caren, a daughter of Society’s Chairman, opened up a clear lead at the head of the stretch, and went on to score by three lengths over Conquest Dynasty, completing the about 10-furlong distance in a time of 2:03.10 over firm turf. There was a long-run-up to the pole after the start.

“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 trucking.”

Swoop and Strike rallied for third, and Zermatta finished a surprising fourth at 122-1. After bumping with Wonderland shortly after the start, the favored Gamble’s Ghost trailed the strung-out 13-horse field on the backstretch, before mounting a belated wide bid for seventh.

Wonderland dumped jockey Jim McAleney during the aforementioned incident, but both horse and rider avoided serious injury.

After fading to third in the fast-paced Woodbine Oaks, Caren won the second Tiara leg, the Bison City Stakes. Off her decisive Wonder Where victory, she is the pro-tem leader of the 3-year-old filly division in Canada. First money of $150,000 boosted her bankroll to $854,550

Tom Franklin is a senior contributor at US Racing.
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