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.