Favoured Forte Dei Marmi, ridden by Joel Rosario, exploded to the front in mid-stretch to win the $159,100 Singspiel Stakes by a going away six and one-quarter lengths over stablemate Perfect Timber Sunday at Woodbine.
It marked the fifth year in a row that Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield had won the Singspiel, three times with veteran Musketier (2009, 2011 and 2012), in 2007 with Pellegrino and in 2010 with Spice Route.
One of four stakes on the Queen's Plate undercard, the mile and one-half endurance contest was run in a driving rainstorm over a yielding E.P. Taylor Turf Course. Serious Indeed cut out most of the pace after an opening quarter by Ardara in 26.05 and a half by Fifty Proof in 51.82, getting three-quarters in 1:18.34 and the mile in 1.45.74. He was still in front after a mile and a quarter was reached in 2:14.53 but gave way after that.
Forte Dei Marmi, positioned in sixth early on, arrived on the scene in early stretch, blew by the pacesetters and went on to a facile triumph in a final time of 2:41.85. Perfect Timber wound up three and three-quarter lengths in front of third place finisher Patrioticandproud.
It was the first win for the seven-year-old British-bred gelded son of Selkirk since last August, when he won the Sky Classic Stakes here. But he had enjoyed an excellent fall campaign, finishing third in both the Grade 1 Northern Dancer (to Wigmore Hall) and Pattison Canadian International (to Joshua Tree).
The victory was his eighth in 30 starts and the $90,000 first place prize pushed his career bankroll to $741,061 for owner Stella Perdomo.
Sent postward the 6-5 choice, Forte Dei Marmi paid $4.70, $3.30 and $2.70, combining with Perfect Timber ($4.60, $2.90) for a $31 (2-6) exactor. A 2-6-1 (Patrioticandproud, $4.20) triactor returned $115.50 while a $1 Superfecta [2-6-1-10 (Serious Indeed)] rewarded backers with a $588.05 payout.
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