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2014 Nassau Stakes

Owner Susan Hill leads Solid Appeal to the winner's cricle after the 2014 Nassau Stakes.
Date: 5/25/2014

The $200,000 Nassau Stakes (G2) is the first stakes race on the turf in Canada this year, with a field of 9 older fillies and mares going 1 mile around one turn of Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Turf Course. Conditions were excellent on the last Sunday in May, with a firm turf (temporary rail in Lane 2, 15 feet out) under mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70's. Deceptive Vision was sent off as the 7-4 favorite off three straight allowance wins at Fair Grounds. In to challenge her included last year's winner Solid Appeal at 5-2, off a 5th place finish in the Doubledogdare (G3) at Keeneland, and 5-1 third choice Sisterly Love, winner of her last two both at Keeneland including the Doubledogdare last out.

Solid Appeal (outside) rallies to catch Deceptive Vision (rail) and Why Katherine

Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan sent favorite Deceptive Vision to the lead down the backstretch through an opening quarter in 22.98 while pressed by Sisterly Love and 10-1 Avie's Sense. Avie's Sense took over approaching the far turn through a half in 45.16 and 3/4 in 1:08.51, stalked by 18-1 Why Katherine. At the top of the lane, Deceptive Vision came back to regain the lead at the 1/8 pole, but Solid Appeal, as far back as 7th early, rallied on the outside, outfinishing Why Katherine late to win by 1/2 a length in 1:33.04 over the firm course. It was another 3/4 length back to Deceptive Vision third.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey              Win   Place  Show
 2   Solid Appeal       Campbell           7.40    4.60  2.30
 9   Why Katherine      Sutherland-Kruse          13.00  5.80
 5   Deceptive Vision   Bridgmohan                       2.60

Winning Time:  1:33.04

$2 Exacta 2-9               101.10
$2 Trifecta 2-9-5           395.70
$1 Superfecta 2-9-5-1     1,334.40
Results chart

Left: Solid Appeal in the winner's circle. She improved her record to 6 wins, 2 seconds, and 3 thirds in 19 starts, earning $539,441 for owners Jim and Susan Hill.

Right: Trophy presentation for the Nassau Stakes with trainer Reade Baker on the far right. Baker said, "She loves this turf course when there aren't any Euros in the race, like when I took her to Chicago (6th in the 2013 Beverly D)."

Left: Solid Appeal heads in to the paddock before the race.

Right: Solid Appeal heads out for the post parade. Winning jockey Jesse Campbell said, "It's her time of year. She loves the track and was well prepared. I'm sure she was pointed towards this race and that always helps. "I though there would be pace, but I didn't think there would be that much pace. When I saw Shaun (Bridgmohan aboard Deceptive Vision) up there close, I knew there was pace. She was in a good spot, so I left her alone and let the race come to her. I had a lot of horse, and she finished well."

Left: Second place finisher Why Katherine returns after the race. the 18-1 shot sat about 2 lengths off the pace in 4th early under new jockey Chantal Sutherland-Kruse, gained a short lead at the 1/16 pole but was outfinished. The Kevin Attard trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 5 seconds, and 2 thirds in 18 starts, earning $236,353 for owner-breeder Terra Racing Stable (Dom Romeo).

Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Deceptive Vision heads into the paddock before the race. The 7-4 choice contested the pace early under regular rider Shaun Bridgmohan, led at the 1/8 pole but tired late to finish third beaten 1 1/4 lengths. The Malcolm Pierce trainee improved his record to 3 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 5 starts, earning $109,383 for owner-breeder Sam-Son Farm.

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