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Jamie Spencer and Just the Judge head to the winner's circle after the E.P. Taylor Stakes
The Canadian International was one of three graded stakes run on the Woodbine turf on Sunday. The distaff counterpart to the International is the $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes (G1) for older fillies and mares going 1 1/4 miles over the good-to-firm (GoingStick 9.6) course. Just the Judge was sent off as the 8-5 favorite in the field of 8, exiting third place finishes in the Princess Elizabeth (G3) at Epsom, the Pretty Polly (G1) at Curragh, and the Beverly D (G1) at Arlington. In to challenge her included 5-2 second choice Deceptive Vision, winner of the Canadian (G2), the major local prep for this race, and 4-1 third choice Odeliz, third in the Lavarack (G3) at Gowran Park after finishing second in the Atalanta (G3) at Sandown.
Just the Judge takes the lead in the stretch
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 3 Just the Judge Spencer 5.20 3.30 2.30 4 Odeliz Moore 4.20 2.60 6 Deceptive Vision Da Silva 2.40 Winning Time: 2:03.47 $2 Exacta 3-4 16.50 $2 Trifecta 3-4-6 47.80 $1 Superfecta 3-4-6-7 69.85Results chart
Left: Just the Judge in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Jamie Spencer said, “I was trying not to give her too hard a race, because obviously, it’s a stepping-stone towards the Breeders’ Cup. The plan was just to win here, and ship on down. She won, but I would have preferred for it to have gone a little smoother. The main thing is that she won, which is great for Qatar Racing and the Sangster family. She won a classic last year (Irish 1000 Guineas), and now she’s won a Grade 1 over 10f as a 4-year-old.”
Right: The trophy presentation for the E.P. Taylor Stakes.
Left: Just the Judge in the post parade. Spencer added, “Obviously the race was very unsatisfactory because I had to go to Plan B from the start because she kind of jumped awkwardly from the gate. You can’t panic then, you have to take a different route. I was in amongst horses from probably 5f out to about the 3/8 pole and it was very, very tight where I was. Then she had to make a little bit of room for herself early in the stretch."
Right: Just the Judge heads back to the barn after the race. She is a possible starter in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf before returning home to be sold.
Left: Second place finisher Odeliz returns after the race. The 4-1 third choice raced in last 6 lengths off the pace under jockey Ryan Moore then rallied to get second. The Karl Burke trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 5 seconds, and 3 thirds in 15 starts, earning $271,365 for owner Barbara Keller.
Right: Third place finisher Deceptive Vision in the post parade. The 5-2 second choice stalked the pace in second under Eurico Rosa da Silva but could not hold off the first two. The Malcolm Pierce trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 8 starts, earning $402,355 for owner-breeder Sam-Son Farm.
Caspar Netscher wins the Nearctic Stakes (G2)
Jockey Justin Stein sent 9-1 Black Hornet loose on the lead through fractions of 22.12 and 44.52 while about 3 lengths in front of 7-1 Dreamsgonewild, in turn 4 lengths ahead of Excaper. Through the lane, Black Hornet appeared homefree with a 3 1/2 length lead in midstretch through 5/8 in 56.43. However, Caspar Netscher, sixth early, made steady progress on the outside and rallied to get up by 3/4 length in 1:08.97. It was a neck back to favorite Calgary Cat third.
Left: Caspar Netscher in the winner's circle. Winning owner Charles Wentworth said, “My hands were absolutely dripping sweat and I actually felt physically sick before the race I was so nervous. It was a long way to come and it’s a relief to have him back. I sold him to stud at the end of his three-year-old season (2012) and he covered 54 mares and only got three in foal. So the insurers paid out the infertility insurance and I bought him back in a sale bid, which was a gamble but it’s paid off. That was reminiscent of how he was at his best as a two-year-old. It’s great to have him back. It really is.”
Right: Caspar Netscher heads back to the barn after the race. Winning jockey Andrew Mullen said, “He was on his toes good at the start, but Mr. Simcock has done a brilliant job with him, primed him perfect and he’s come here the best he’s felt,” said Mullen. “I rode him in a work about three weeks ago and I knew he would need the run at Ascot so coming here he was 100%. I jumped well and they were going hard in front so I just slotted him in. I gave myself an option to go in or out and when I switched him in, I got a nice run and he picked up well all the way to the line.”
Left: Second place finisher Black Hornet returns after the race. The 9-1 shot set the pace under Justin Stein but failed to hold off the winner. The Pat Parente trainee improved his record to 4 wins, 4 seconds, and 3 thirds in 15 starts, earning $460,482 for owner Winview Racing Stable.
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Calgary Cat in the paddock before the race. The 3-1 choice raced 4th under Eurico Rosa da Silva then put in a rally but was outfinished by the first two. The Kevin Attard trainee improved his record to 6 wins, 3 seconds, and 1 third in 14 starts, earning $315,180 for owner Steve Chesney and Cory Hoffman.
The undercard feature on Sunday was the $150,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes (G3) for older fillies and mares sprinting 6 furlongs on the Polytrack. 21-1 Cryptic Message set fractions of 22.00 and 44.41 under Eurico da Silva while stalked by 7-2 Goldstryke Glory and 81-1 Casablanca Kiss. Entering the lane, Cryptic Message continued to lead through 5/8 in 56.58 but 3-1 second choice Native Bombshell and 9-5 favorite Disco Barbie rallied past her at the 1/16 pole. Native Bombshell outfinished the favorite by a neck in 1:09.48. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Cryptic Message third.
Winning jockey Patrick Husbands said, "She gave me everything I asked her for. The race had a lot of speed. She broke on top, but she relaxed good so I had a good trip. When I let her out, she gave me everything."
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