Kicking off the stakes action on Woodbine Mile day was the $300,000 Canadian Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares. This is the major local prep for the E.P. Taylor Stakes on the Canadian International undercard, Woodbine's "Win and You're In" event for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. A field of 9 went to post in this "about" 1 1/8 mile turf event around 1 turn of the turf course, with Beverly D (G1) fourth place finisher Kapitale the 5-2 favorite over 7-2 Laughing, winner of the Matchmaker (G3), and 4-1 All Star Heart, second in the John C. Mabee (G2).
Laughing went to the lead exiting the chute and set fractions of 24.61, 48.59 and 1:11.11 while pressed by 13-2 fourth choice Stars to Shine. On the turn, Laughing tired as 7-1 seventh choice Barefoot Lady moved up to take over the lead through 1 mile in 1:33.34. All Star Heart, fifth early, rallied but Barefoot Lady held her off by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:45.89 over the good turf. It was another 3/4 length back to Stars to Shine third, while favorite Kapitale was another 2 3/4 lengths back in fourth.