Frank DiGuilio Jr.'s Sweater Weather rallied from well off the pace to capture Sunday's $171,750 La Lorgnette Stakes, at Woodbine.
Trained by Bob Tiller and patiently handled by Patrick Husbands, Sweater Weather settled into sixth position in the 1 1/16-miles 'Poly' stake as Paradise Alley set splits of :23.94, :48.09 and 1:11.45 under pressure from Unspurned.
Unspurned took command at the top of the stretch, but Sweater Weather, tipped off the rail by Husbands, kicked on strong down the lane to win going away by 1 ½-lengths. Llanarmon closed to be third. Sweater Weather covered 1 1/16-miles in 1:43.70.
Last time out, Sweater Weather finished a determined third in the Algoma Stakes after sitting closer to the pace.
"I didn't get any turn of foot (in the Algoma)," said Husbands. "When I went back and watched the race, I realized we were too close.
"Today, she broke sharp, I took her out of the race and she relaxed. I made sure I spotted them six or seven lengths. Last time, I spotted them four lengths and had no turn of foot. Today she gave me all the turn of foot I wanted."
It was the first stakes win for the bay daughter of Milwaukee Brew-Susur, eclipsing her previous best outing when second, by a nose to On Rainbow Bridge, in the Lady Angela Stakes on June 7.
Sweater Weather, bred in Ontario by Osprey Stable, banked $114,000 in victory, while improving her record to 4-3-2 from nine career starts.
She paid $5.80, $3.20 and $2.30, combining with Unspurned ($4.30, $2.90) for a $22.70 (2-5) exactor. A 2-5-6 (Llanarmon, $3.50) triactor was worth $64.40, while a $1 Superfecta [2-5-6-1 (Paradise Alley)] came back $92.40.
Source: Woodbine Entertainment Group