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2009 E.P. Taylor and Nearctic Stakes


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Lahaleeb wins the 2009 E.P. Taylor Stakes
Lahaleeb wins the 2009 E.P. Taylor Stakes

Lahaleeb wins the 2009 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine

© Terence Dulay
October 17, 2009

There were two other Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" races on the undercard of the Canadian International at Woodbine. The $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes Presented by Emirates Airline (G1), contested at 1 1/4 miles over the turf course, earns its winner an automatic entry in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Matron Stakes winner Rainbow View was sent off as the 9-4 choice in the field of 8 older fillies and mares, over 5-2 second choice Treat Gently, an allowance winner at Belmont last ot, and 3-1 third choice Look Here, exiting a second place finish against males in the Arc Trial at Newbury.

Jockey Chantal Sutherland sent Roses 'n' Wine to the front soon after the start, and she set slow early fractions of 26.21 and 50.50 over the firm course while being stalked by Rainbow View and Treat Gently for the first 5 furlongs. Down the backstretch, Treat Gently took over the lead through 3/4 in 1:14.61 and 1 mile in 1:38.88. Entering the stretch, 44-1 longest shot Lahaleeb, who was 6th for 7/8 mile, came out wide to pass the tiring leader Treat Gently at the 3/16 pole, drawing clear through the final 1/8 to win going away by 1 3/4 lengths over Rainbow View in 2:02.89. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Princess Haya third.
Results chart

Also on the card was the Canadian International (G1).

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