Etoile, runner-up as the favourite when invading from New York for coach Chad Brown within the Aug. 15 Dance Neatly, made amends at Woodbine on Sunday by taking the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes by a neck beneath rider Rafael Hernandez.
Court docket Return, an bettering half-sister to a number of Grade 1 winners Channel Maker and Johnny Bear, closed resolutely on the far exterior to complete second within the subject of seven for the $600,000 race over 1 ¼ miles of the famend E.P Taylor turf course.
“It was a superb journey,” mentioned Hernandez, who was using his meet-leading twelfth stakes winner. “I known as Chad this morning and he informed me, ‘Raffi, attempt to get a superb journey like final time. Simply be sure you clear down the stretch.’
“He informed me he’d been working the horse just a few instances and he put her exterior of different horses, and he or she’d be ending nice.”
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Theodora B., who had defeated Etoile by three-quarters of a size within the Dance Neatly over the identical course and distance, assumed her most popular place on the entrance finish whereas carving out fractions of :26.44, :51:03 and 1:15.50 over the ‘good’ course.
Elizabeth Means prompted the tempo from second on the surface with Etoile sitting fairly whereas in simple hanging distance in third on the within.
Turning for dwelling, Hernandez swung Etoile off the rail and was attending to Theodora B. because the mile went in 1:38.68.
Two lengths in entrance with a furlong to go, Etoile had sufficient left to prevail with Court docket Return ending two lengths to the great of third-place Secret Message.
“I heard that different horse coming late however I want she was coming nearer,” mentioned Hernandez. “It was too far out so my horse could not see. That is why I switched the whip to the left, to attempt to get her out and get her consideration. However we did it.”
Rideforthecause, coming off her first stakes win within the 1 1/8 mile Canadian, was unable to mount a severe problem whereas one other half-length again in fourth.
Theodora B., Fairly Level and Elizabeth Means accomplished the order of end. The ultimate time was a strong 2:03.12.
The E.P. Taylor additionally was the ultimate leg of Woodbine’s “Girls of the Garden,” a four-race turf stakes collection for fillies of mares consisting of the Nassau, Dance Neatly, Canadian and E.P. Taylor Stakes.
Elizabeth Means, the Nassau winner, ended third and fourth within the ensuing legs and completed with 19 factors for the highest bonus prize of $50,000. Second cash of $15,000 went to Etoile with 17 factors, and $10,000 for third, to Canadian winner Rideforthecause with 13. Factors had been awarded on a 10-7-5-3-2 foundation for the highest 5 finishers in every stakes with one level earmarked for different additionally rans.
Starship Jubilee captured the E.P. Taylor whereas prevailing because the inaugural “Girls of the Garden” champion and went on to be voted Canada’s Horse of the 12 months.
Etoile, a French-bred four-year-old owned by Peter Brant, Mrs. M. V. Magnier, and Mrs. Paul Shanahan, was recording her first Grade 1 win and first victory of any stripe in simply her third begin this aspect of the pond.
Within the E.P. Taylor, Etoile returned $7, $3.60 and $3.40 because the co-5-2 second selection with Theodora B.