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Rutherienne wins the 2009 Nassau Stakes
Rutherienne wins the 2009 Nassau Stakes

Rutherienne wins the 2009 Nassau Stakes at Woodbine.

© Terence Dulay
May 24, 2009

A field of nine older fillies and mares started in the $300,000 Nassau Stakes (G2), a 1 1/16 mile trip around one turn of the E.P. Taylor Turf Course at Woodbine Racetrack. Overnight rains downgraded the course to "good", with cloudy skies and temperatures in the 60's. Jenny Wiley Stakes runner-up Rutherienne shipped in from New York and was sent off as the 4-5 choice over Callwood Dancer at 4-1, last year's winner and Canada's champion turf female for 2008, but was eased in her last start at Gulfstream in The Very One Stakes. 6-1 Points of Grace, an allowance winner on the Polytrack last out and making her stakes debut, completed the top three on the board.

Remarkable Remy and Meadow Saffron contested the early pace down the long backstretch run through fractions of 24.75, 48.59, and 1:12.21, with Rutherienne sitting in third just behind them down on the rail and Points of Grace to her outside in fourth. Entering the stretch, Remarkable Remy tired as Rutherienne found an opening between her and Meadow Saffron to take over the lead at the 1/8 pole. Under steady urging by regular rider Alan Garcia, Rutherienne pulled away through the final furlong to win going away by 3 lengths over late-running Callwood Dancer in 1:41.89 over the good turf course. It was just 3/4 length back to Meadow Saffron third.
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