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2009 Northern Dancer Turf and Canadian Stakes Results

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Princess Haya wins the 2009 Canadian Stakes
Princess Haya wins the 2009 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine

Princess Haya wins the 2009 Canadian Stakes over Forever Together at Woodbine

© Terence Dulay
September 20, 2009

The first stakes race on Woodbine Mile day was the $300,000 Canadian Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares. A field of seven went to post in this "about" 1 1/8 mile turf trip around one turn, with last year's champion turf female and Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Forever Together sent off as the 3-10 favorite, exiting a victory in the Diana at Saratoga. In to challenge her was Points of Grace, fifth in the Beverly D last out after winning the Dance Smartly, who was the second choice as 9-2 and Much Obliged, winner of two straight allowance events this year but winless in stakes company since last May, as the 8-1 third choice.

26-1 Lomaki battled for the lead with Points of Grace exiting the chute and down the backstretch through opening fractions of 24.39 and 48.44 over the firm going, while Forever Together sat fifth, 5 lengths off the pace. Entering the stretch, Lomaki tired and faded to finish last while Points of Grace continued to lead to the 1/8 pole. 15-1 Princess Haya, who rated 5 1/2 lengths off the pace early, saved ground the whole way under jockey Rafael Bejarano and rallied down on the rail late, while favorite Forever Together came out four wide into the stretch for her rally. Much Obliged also put in her rally on the far outside, and the three hit the wire together. The photo finish indicated that Princess Haya held off Forever Together by a nose in 1:45.03, and it was just a head back to Much Obliged to complete the three horse blanket finish.
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