Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Nassau Stakes is on tap from Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario on Sunday, May 25. A group of fillies and mares three years old and upward will go one mile on Woodbine's turf track in search of the winner's share of the $200,000 purse.
A field of 10 older females will take part in the Nassau Stakes - race 8 on Woodbine's Sunday schedule. Post time is 4:39 PM. Let's take a brief look into the past performances of all 10 entries for this Grade 2 stakes.
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Solid Appeal - Reade Baker trained multiple graded stakes winner and Sovereign Award winner as Canada's top turf female won three of six starts last year - an Allowance at Keeneland, the 2013 Nassau Stakes in upset fashion and the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes July 7 - both stakes wins at Woodbine. She went on to a disappointing sixth in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park in September an ugly eighth in the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine in September and finished 2013 with an OK third in November in the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs. Her only start this year was a fifth behind Sisterly Love among others in the Grade 3 Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland April 18. Solid Appeal will be looking for a repeat win on her favorite turf track but enters in less-than-spectacular for. She starts from gate 2 with Jesse Campbell in the saddle on the 122 pound highweight.
Sisterly Love - has 13 career starts for trainer Mark Casse - seven wins. The biggest of which came last time out - a win over Moment in Dixie and Solid Appeal (who finished fifth) in the Grade 3 Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland April 18 after an Allowance score on that same track April 4 win wire-to-wire fashion. She also won the Grade 3 Ontario Matron Stakes on this track in her first try on turf in July. Other good results include a win in the minor Trillium Stakes on this track in June and a second in the minor Belle Mahone Stakes in August. Sisterly Love struggled toward the end of 2013 but has looked good so far in 2014 - two straight wins ahead of the Nassau this weekend. Stewart Elliot gets the call from post 4.
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Queen's Daughter - Mark Casse trained French bred filly makes her 2014 and North American debut Sunday off a Weight For Age Score at Fontainebleau in November and a third in October in a Claiming at Longchamp. Patrick Husbands will be aboard this highly regarded filly from post 7 Sunday.
Northern Passion - three time stakes winner has 13 career starts for trainer Mark Casse with four wins, two seconds and a third place finish. She enters off a pair of fifths - an Allowance at Keeneland April 13 and the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes on this track back in July. She finished third in this race last year and followed that with a minor stakes score also on this track - the Zadracarta Stakes in June. She was at her best in 2011 when she won the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes here and went on to a seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Northern Passion has been in there with some top competition and will look to get back on the winning track with Gary Boulanger in the saddle from gate 8.
Avie's Sense - has two wins, two seconds and a third place finish in six career starts for trainer Josie Carroll. She finished a good second in the 2012 Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds and had just one start in 2013 - a second in an Allowance on this track in June. In her only start of 2014, Avie's Sense won an Allowance by 6 1/4 lengths in wire-to-wire fashion here April 19. She has placed in her last five starts overall, will make her turf debut and figures to bring the speed Sunday. Avie's Sense will have Luis Contreras guiding her from gate 6.
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Deceptive Vision - Malcolm Pierce trained filly races in stakes company for the first time Sunday having won three of four career starts - finishing second in the other. She enters off two straight Allowance Optional Claiming scores - the last coming at Fair Grounds February 22 after over a year away from the track. She is lightly raced but successful when on the track. Shaun Bridgmohan has the mount from post 5.
Surtsey - will make her 2014 debut Sunday for trainer Kevin Attard and will race in graded stakes company for the first time as well. Last time out was a third in the minor Wonder Where Stakes way back in August after a win at 41-1 odds in the minor Ontario Damsel Stakes, a sixth in an Allowance Optional Claiming and a win in the Fanfreluche Stakes in October, 2012. She has only four starts the last 18 months with two wins over that span. Gerry Olguin rides Surtsey in her first race in eight months Sunday from post 3.
Meri Shika - French bred filly made her first start in North America in September and finished ninth in the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes on this track after one win, two seconds and two third place finishes in 11 career starts at home. Since her debut here she has raced a couple of Allowance races at Keeneland finishing sixth last time out April 23 and fifth April 5. Meri Shika hasn't won since August, 2012 - not a whole lot is expected Sunday. She lines up from the outside post with Eurico Rosa Da Silva in the reins.
Savvy Hester - Ricky Griffith trained filly has just three wins, seven seconds and two third place finishes in 17 career starts - just one previous graded stakes start resulted in a sixth in the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen Stakes here back in August. She has three starts in 2014 - a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming last time out followed a second in the minor Powder Break Stakes at Gulfstream, April 5 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Gulfstream in March. She has placed in six of her last seven starts overall and looks ready for another step up in competition. Savvy Hester starts from the rail with Justin Stein aboard.
Why Katherine - Kevin Attard trained mare had a string of runner-up finishes last summer including the Grade 3 Royal North Stakes on this track in July and went on to a seventh in the minor Avowal Stakes in September. She has three starts at Gulfstream since - an Allowance Optional Claiming score two back and two third place finishes - last time out in the minor Powder Break Stakes April 5 and in an Allowance in February. Why Katherine has placed in eight of her last nine starts with three wins and three seconds over that span and will be looking for her first stakes score from post 9 with Chantal Sutherland Kruse aboard.