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Irish-bred Barefoot Lady, ridden by David Moran, took over in mid-stretch under energetic handling and pulled away to win the Grade 2 $314,200 Canadian Stakes on Sunday, part of the undercard on Ricoh Woodbine Mile day.

Moran, who replaced Jamie Spencer on the four-year-old daughter of Footstepsinthesand in order to carry the assigned weight of 113 pounds, put his charge in a perfect spot throughout the ‘about’ one mile and one-eighth turf contest for nine fillies and mares, laying third on the rail behind the pacesetting duo of Laughing and Stars to Shine.

As the leaders turned for home and the lengthy quarter-mile stretch run, after early fractions of :24.61 and :48.59, Stars to Shine took over but was immediately challenged by Barefoot Lady, who was swung outside and took dead aim on the leader.

After opening a couple of lengths, Barefoot Lady had more than enough left to fend off a late charge from All Star Heart, winning by one and one-half lengths in 1:45.89 over a ‘good’ E.P. Taylor Turf Course. Stars to Shine faded to third, three-quarters of a length further back while lukewarm 5-2 favourite Kapitale came on for fourth.

“I had a great trip.  I just moved her out and it was all over from there.   She finished strong to the wire, and she had it in the bank,” said an elated Moran.  “It was a perfect trip.  I was happy I was behind (jockey) Luis (Contreras, aboard Laughing).   I thought he was the horse to bring me into the race, anyway.  Then, I just got her out right on the turn and from there it was over, really.”

Added Allison Daniel, assistant to trainer Richard Fahey, “Just a little bit (unnerving about the late jockey change).  It worked out perfectly, to be honest.   Davey is proven on the turf.   He gave a great ride on the German horse (Lacara) the other day and did the same job today.”

Daniel indicated that Barefoot Lady will return to Woodbine next month (October 14) for the Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes, at one mile and one-quarter on the lawn.

It was just the second win in eight starts this year for Barefoot Lady and a fifth career triumph overall in 19 outings.   She was making her debut in Canada off a fourth place finish to Dubai Prince in the Group 3 Sky Bet Strensall Stakes, August 24 at York.

As the sixth choice in the wagering, Barefoot Lady returned $16.40, $8.40 and $5.50, combining with All Star Heart ($5.90, $3.70) for a $93.80 (4-5) exactor.  A 4-5-3 (Stars to Shine, $4.60) triactor was worth $710.40, while a $1 superfecta [4-5-3-9 (Kapitale)] paid a healthy $1,402.90.



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she is one of my favorites too. My only Woodbine bet that day.
Irish breds steal the day, yet again
Barefoot Lady is one of my favorite fillies or mares still in training. She's got the heart and determination of a lion. You 'd be hard pressed to find a filly that's run as well in graded or group stakes on consistent basis as Barefoot Lady has for 3 seasons now. She just never runs a bad race.

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