Mark Dedomenico's WONDERLANDBYNIGHT (Sky Mesa) rallied into contention off the far turn and drew clear in the final furlong for a 2 1/2-length score in Saturday's $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie S. (G3). Trained by Michael Reavis and ridden by E.T. Baird, the chestnut juvenile filly survived a claim of foul by the jockey of runner-up Jordy Y (Congrats) to capture her graded debut, completing a mile over Polytrack in 1:36 3/5.
Wonderlandbynight is now perfect from four career starts. She finished second when making her career bow versus state-breds at Arlington on June 27, but was later elevated to first via disqualification. However, that elevation didn't occur until after she captured another state-bred maiden special weight test by 4 3/4 lengths on June 27. She shipped to Woodbine for the August 14 Ontario Debutante S. and recorded a 1 3/4-length decision. With Saturday's $55,200 payday, she's now earned $176,418.
Wonderlandbynight appeared to come in slightly when passing Jordy Y in midstretch, but she was clearly much the best and the incident didn't cost her rival a placing.
"I don't have much excuse, she (Wonderlandbynight) did come over just in front of me, but (Baird) had a lot more horse," said Junior Alvarado, who piloted Jordy Y.
Wonderlandbynight was making her first start past 6 1/2 furlongs in the Lassie.
"I was not at all concerned (about stretching her out)," Baird said. "Mike has brought her along real well. She's a real versatile filly. She can go to the lead if you want her to or she could come from just about anywhere you want her to. It's what makes her a good horse that's she's so versatile."
The near 7-2 second choice in the 13-horse field, Wonderlandbynight totaled $8.80, $4.80 and $3.60 to her supporters. Jordy Y edged Third Chance (Kafwain) by a neck gave back $5.60 and $4.20 at 4-1. Third Chance was good for $4.20 at 9-2, and it was another 2 1/2 lengths back to 3-1 favorite Honey Chile (Invisible Ink) in fourth. Miss Inclined (Pulpit), Crepe Myrtle (Purge), Summer Savory (Horse Chestnut [SAf]), Edie (Eddington), Tellme All Aboutit (Exchange Rate), One Star (Include), Larue Lovelake (Friends Lake), Image of Grace (Roar of the Tiger) and Songofthecity (Songandaprayer) completed the order of finish.
The exotics returned $41.80 (exacta), $144.60 (trifecta) and $403.80 (9-6-5-11 superfecta).
Bred in Illinois by Reavis, Wonderlandbynight is out of the winning Onemiracleatatime (Gulch), who is also the dam of an unnamed yearling filly by Cat Thief. She is a half-sister to stakes winner Timeless Love (Gilded Time) and is closely related to stakes hero and Grade 1 runner-up Lookinforthebigone (State Dinner); Grade 3 queen Savorthetime (Gilded Time); and stakes winner and Grade 2-placed The Key Rainbow (Ire) (Rainbow Quest).