2016 Canadian Stakes Preview, Entries & Odds

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - The Grade 2 Canadian Stakes will be contested Saturday, September 17 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, September 17. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be after the winner's portion of the $300,000 purse when they take to Woodbine's turf track and race 1 1/8 miles.

Seven older females will line up in the Canadian Stakes - race 8 on Woodbine's packed Saturday card. Post time is 4:30 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all seven combatants for this competitive Grade 2 stakes.

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2016 Canadian Stakes Race Preview at Woodbine Racetrack

Dacita 2-1 - Chilean champion, Chad Brown trained filly has 15 career starts with nine wins, two seconds and a third place finish and won three of her last four starts before shipping including three Group 1 races at home. She continued her impressive run in her North American debut with a win over the incredible Tepin in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga August 29 but stumbled to a ninth place finish as 5-1 second choice in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. She enters on a terrific two race win streak - the Grade 1 Diana Stakes at this distance last time out at Saratoga July 23 and the Grade 2 New York Stakes June 19 at Belmont Park after a fourth in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland in April and a respectable runner-up finish in the Grade 3 The Very One Stakes at Gulfstream Park March 5. Dacita is of the only horses in some time to beat Tepin and enters in very good form. She looks for her third straight graded stakes score and her fourth in seven starts in North America when she leaves from gate 2 with Irad Ortiz aboard.

Steip Amach 5-2 - Irish bred David Smaga trained filly has two wins, a second and seven third place finishes in 21 career starts. She makes her North American debut Saturday off consecutive third place finishes - the Group 1 Darley Prix Jean Romanet August 21 and the Group 1 Prix Rothschiles July 31. She placed in three of her four previous starts as well - the best of which was a good win in the Group 3 Amethyst Stakes at Leopardstown in May. Steip Amach has been good indeed and will be out to make a little noise on North American soil from post 3 Saturday. Umberto Rispoli has the mount.

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Rainha Da Bateria 3-1 - 2014 Grade 3 Jessamine Stakes winner - Chad Brown trained filly has two wins, four seconds and two third place finishes in 15 career starts. She enters off an OK third in the Grade 3 Diana Stakes at Saratoga July 23 which followed a disappointing seventh in the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park June 11, a respectable second behind Tepin in the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile May 7, another seventh in the Grade 2 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay March 12 and consecutive runner-up finishes - the Grade 3 Suwannee Stakes February 6 at Gulfstream and the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes in November. She failed to hit the board in her previous three starts - all stakes. Rainha Da Bateria has been inconsistent to say the least and will be after her first win in nearly two years from post 5.

Strut the Course 6-1 - Canada's 2014 Sovereign Award winner for Older Females - Barbara Minshall trained mare was impressive last summer - two wins and a second place finish including a win in the 2015 Canadian Stakes, a second in the Grade 3 Ontario Matron Stakes and a win in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes July 5 - all results at Woodbine. She also had two stakes wins on this track at the end of 2014 including the Grade 3 Maple Leaf Stakes. She enters in decent form - a second last time out in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes here July 3 followed a third in the Grade 2 Nassau Stakes on this track May 29 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score by 2 1/4 lengths here April 30. Before that were two uncharacteristic results - a fifth in the minor Sir Barton Stakes in November and a close fourth in the Grade 1 EP Taylor Stakes in October. Strut the Course now has 10 wins, five seconds and three third place finishes in 26 career starts and is expected to be competitive as usual Sunday. Rafael Manuel Hernandez will be in the reins from gate 4.

Faufiler 8-1 - Graham Motion trained Irish bred mare has six wins, three seconds and two third place finishes in 16 career starts. She placed in a couple of Group 3 races in France last summer but didn't look great in her first two North American starts - an eighth place finish in the Grade 3 Athenia Stakes at Belmont Park in October and a ninth in the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs in November. She broke through with a win in the listed Sand Springs Stakes at Gulfstream February 27 and followed that with a very respectable second in the Grade 2 Royal Heroine Stakes at Santa Anita May 5. She has been inconsistent since - a fifth last time out in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington August 13 followed a nice win on that track in the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap July 9 and another fifth in the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park in June. Faufiler has placed in three of her last five starts overall with two wins over that span but will be in search of a strong bounce back from the rail Saturday. Edgar Prado gets the call.

Midnight Miley 12-1 - Julia Carey trained filly has six wins, a second and a third place finish in 15 career starts. She won the minor La Lorgnette Stakes here in September and went on to post an Allowance score on this track October 14 and a ninth in her graded stakes debut - the Grade 3 Maple Leaf Stakes here October 31. She has just three starts since - a nice win in the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes last time out on this track August 27 followed a terrific front running score by four lengths at 27-1 odds in the Grade 3 Ontario Matron Stakes with a 96 Beyer Speed Figure here July 17 and a third in the minor Sweet Briar Stakes here June 4. Midnight Miley has placed in five of her last six starts overall and off two straight graded stakes scores should be a factor Saturday. Flavien Prat has been tabbed to ride from gate 6.

Goodyearforroses 20-1 - lightly raced Irish bred filly has 10 career starts with four wins and a third place finish. She enters on a two race win streak - the minor Flaming Page Stakes last time out on this track August 13 and an Allowance here July 22. It followed an eighth in her only graded stakes action to date - the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stake here July 3 and another Allowance score on this track in June. Goodyearforroses arrives in career best form and will be after her first graded stakes score from post 7 Saturday. Alan Garcia is scheduled to ride.

2016 Canadian Stakes Entries & Odds

Race 8 on Woodbine's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:30 PM.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Faufiler (IRE) 8-1 Edgar Prado H. Motion
2 Dacita (CHI) 2-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown
3 Steip Amach (IRE) 5-2 Umberto Rispoli David Smaga
4 Strut the Course 6-1 Rafael Hernandez Barbara Minshall
5 Rainha Da Bateria 3-1 Julien Leparoux Chad Brown
6 Midnight Miley 12-1 Flavien Prat Julia Carey
7 Goodyearforroses (IRE) 20-1 Alan Garcia Roger Attfield