Grade I EP Taylor Turf at Woodbine
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Sat 26/10/2013 - 11:12 EDT
Two Grade I turf stakes featuring an international cast of runners are on tap for Woodbine on Sunday afternoon, beginning with the $500,000 EP Taylor Stakes for fillies and mares aged three-years-old and up going 1 1/4 miles. The race has drawn a field of 10, including five Irish-breds, one from Germany and one from France, as well as two home-growns in the form of Irish Mission and Moment of Majesty. All will carry 124 pounds except for the three-year-old filly Nancy O, who will carry 119.
Tannery always a contender in upper levels
Tannery has been made the morning line favorite for the race at 2-1. A four-year-old Irish daughter of Dylan Thomas, she began her career across the pond, debuting stateside last fall when she ran third in the Grade I Garden City Stakes at Belmont Park. Since then she’s made an appearance in six graded-stakes races in the US, winning the Grade II Sheepshead Bay at Belmont last May, and most recently ran second to stable mate Laughing in the Grade I Flower Bowl Invitational. Joel Rosario will be in the tack.
Connections hoping Fitful Skies takes to travel
Second choice at 3-1 is the French invader Minakshi, third behind Tannery in the Sheepshead, and the recent winner of the Grade II Canadian Stakes, where she got the lead a furlong out and won driving at 1 1/8 miles on the Woodbine Turf. She’s been in the money in four of five starts this year. Making her first start on this side of the Atlantic will be the Irish-bred Fitful Skies (15-1), who has been first or second in six of seven starts this year, with a win and a second-place finish in her last two Group 3 events in Germany.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.