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2017 Canadian Stakes Preview, Entries & Odds – Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario will play host to the G2 Canadian Stakes on Saturday, September 16. A purse of $250,000 will be up for grabs for fillies and mares three years old and upward willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Woodbine’s turf track.

A strong field of seven will line up in the Canadian Stakes – race 8 on Woodbine’s stacked Saturday schedule. Post time is 4:29 PM. Let’s take a brief glance into the past performances of all seven combatants for this competitive G2 stakes.

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Consistent, lightly raced British bred Graham Motion trained filly will race for the eighth time Saturday having posted three wins, two seconds and a third-place finish so far. Last time out was a decent second behind the terrific Lady Eli after leading most of the way in the G1 Diana Stakes at Saratoga July 22 which followed an OK second in the G2 New York Stakes at Belmont Park June 9, a quality third behind Dickinson and Lady Eli in the G1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland April 15, a terrific win in the G3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes on that track October 21 and an Allowance score at Belmont Park last September 18 in her North American debut. Before that was a tenth in a Group 3 race in Germany last April and a Maiden score at first asking at Baden Baden in September, 2015. Quidura has been good so far in her career and will be to keep an impressive run going Saturday from the rail. Junior Alvarado will be in the saddle.

Elysea’s World

Irish bred Chad Brown trained filly has three wins, three seconds and a third-place finish in 12 career starts. Last time out was a fourth in the minor Fasig-Tipton De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga August 5 which followed a fifth in the G3 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes at Parx July 4, an OK third in the G3 Gallorette Stakes at Pimlico May 20, a respectable second in the H2 Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay March 11, another second in the G3 Suwannee River Stakes at Gulfstream Park February 11, an Allowance Optional Claiming score on that track December 29 and off-the-board finishes in two GS races – a sixth in the G2 Sands Point Stakes last September and a fourth in the G2 Lake Placid Stakes last August. She also had a respectable second in the G3 Lake George Stakes last July 22, an Allowance Optional Claiming score last May on that track and a maiden score at first asking – overseas last in June, 2015. Elysea’s World has been OK in her career but has failed to hit the board in her last two starts overall. She hopes to change her fortunes around Saturday with Jose Ortiz in the saddle from post 5.

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Starship Jubilee

Impressive filly has 15 career starts for trainer Kevin Attard with eight wins, a second and a third-place finish. She arrives off an uncharacteristic fifth in the G2 Sky Classic Stakes on this track August 20 which followed a five-race win streak – The G2 Dance Smartly Stakes in a dead-heat here July 2, the G2 Nassau Stakes on this track May 27, an Allowance Optional Claiming April 21, a Starter Allowance March 22 and another Allowance Optional Claiming March 9 – the last three at Gulfstream. She posted a runner-up finish and another win in a pair of Claiming races on that track to start 2017. Starship Jubilee has been good but will be in search of a strong bounce back Saturday with Eurico Rosa Da Silva guiding him from post 3.


Josie Carroll trained filly has placed in eight of 10 career starts – four wins, three seconds and a third-place finish. Last time out was a nice win in the minor Flaming Page Stakes on this track August 11 which followed an OK third behind Starship Jubilee and Rainha Da Bateria in the G2 Dance Smartly Stakes here July 2 and consecutive seconds – behind Starship Jubilee in the G2 Nassau Stakes on this track May 27 and an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream Park March 30. Before that was a tenth in the G3 Commonwealth Oaks at Laurel Park September 24 and a decent win in the minor Drumtop Stakes at Suffolk Downs last August. Involuntary has been competitive so far in her career and will be after a first graded stakes score from post 3 Saturday.


Irish bred Michael Doyle trained filly has 15 career starts with four wins, a second and two third place finishes. She had two wins and two third place finishes in nine starts at home before posting consecutive OK fourth place finishes in her first two North American starts – the minor Melody of Colors Stakes February 25 and the minor Sanibel Island Stakes April 1 – both at Gulfstream. She broke through with an Allowance score at Woodbine April 28 and followed that with a career-best effort – a win in the G3 Selene Stakes at Woodbine May 21. Last time out was an OK second in the G3 Ontario Colleen Stakes here August 27 which followed a fifth in the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes July 8. Grizzel has two wins and a second-place finish in her last four starts overall and chases a career-best effort Saturday. David Moran gets the call from gate 4.

Moonlight Sky

Roger Attfield trained filly has hit the board in nine of 12 career starts – two wins, five seconds and two third-place finishes. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday off an OK third in the minor Flaming Page Stakes here August 11 after an Allowance score on this track June 4 and four straight runner-up finishes in Allowance races. Moonlight Sky has been good in lesser company and hopes it translates Saturday in her major step up in competition. Rafael Manuel Hernandez has been tabbed to ride from gate 2.

Southern Gem

Sid Attard trained mare has three wins, two seconds and two third place finishes in her 17 career starts. She was last seen running fifth in the G2 Nassau Stakes here back on May 27 which followed a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming February 24 at Gulfstream, an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Churchill Downs November 10 and a fifth, a second and a fourth respectively in a trio of Allowance races last year. Her only other graded stakes action came before that and resulted in a seventh in the G3 Old Forester Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs last June. Southern Gem has been inconsistent so far in her career and will be after a first stakes win Saturday. Luis Contreras has the mount from gate 6.

2017 Canadian Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 8 on Woodbine’s Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:29 PM.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Quidura (GB) 1-1 Junior Alvarado H. Motion
2 Moonlight Sky 15-1 Rafael Hernandez Roger Attfield
3 Starship Jubilee 9-2 Eurico Da Silva Kevin Attard
4 Grizzel (IRE) 12-1 David Moran Michael Doyle
5 Elysea’s World (IRE) 7-2 Jose Ortiz Chad Brown
6 Southern Gem 20-1 Luis Contreras Sid Attard
7 Involuntary 6-1 Gary Boulanger Josie Carroll

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