Coming off a group I win in Ireland, Rainbow View can sew up a starting berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) next month with a victory in Woodbine's $1-million E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT) Oct. 17.
Trained by John Gosden, the 3-year-old Dynaformer filly is one of four European-based fillies in the field that will be making their North American debuts in the 1 1/4-mile E.P. Taylor. The others are group I winner Look Here, group II victress Lahaleeb and multiple stakes-winning Eastern Aria. Additional European influence in the eight-horse field comes from Salve Germania and Treat Gently, both victorious in their American debuts in New York this summer.
Also part of the strong field is Princess Haya, who upset American turf champion Forever Together in her most recent start.
The E.P. Taylor is one of three "Win and You're In" grass events for the Breeders' Cup on the Woodbine program, joining the $2-million Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT) at 1 1/2 miles and the $500,000 Nearctic Stakes (Can-IIIT) over six furlongs. The E.P. Taylor winner automatically qualifies for the $2-million Emirates Airline-sponsored Filly & Mare Turf over 10 furlongs Nov. 6 at Santa Anita.
Augustin Stable's homebred Rainbow View ended a five-race losing streak when she captured the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes (Ire-I) at Leopardstown Sept. 5 for her first win of the season. The Kentucky-bred filly won all four of her starts as a 2-year-old, culminated by the Meon Valley Stud Mile (Eng-I) at Ascot, and comes into the E.P. Taylor in top form. She ran second in the Blue Square Nassau Stakes (Eng-I) at Goodwood immediately before her win in the Matron.
Julien Leparoux gets the call from Gosden, replacing Jimmy Fortune, who has been aboard the bay in all 10 of her prior starts. They will break from post 2. Rainbow View, like fellow sophomores Lahaleeb and Eastern Aria, will carry 118 pounds, six fewer than her five 4-year-old rivals.
The Irish-bred Salve Germania, now in the Todd Pletcher barn for owner Manfred Hellwig, makes her first appearance since taking the Ballston Spa Handicap (gr. IIT) by a head over Rutherienne over soft going at Saratoga Aug. 29. The 4-year-old Peintre Celebre filly won just one of eight starts in Europe before transferring to the U.S. over the summer. Javier Castellano retains the mount.
Also making her second North American start is Juddmonte's 4-year-old Treat Gently. A group II winner in France last year, she has been off since posting a half-length win in a second-level allowance on a firm Belmont Park turf July 9 for trainer Bobby Frankel. Garrett Gomez takes the mount on the British-bred daughter of Cape Cross.
Look Here won the Juddmonte Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) last year for trainer Ralph Beckett but is winless in four starts this year. The British-bred daughter of Hernando ran third in the Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (Eng-I) in Ireland earlier this year and is coming off a nose defeat when second in the Dubai Duty Free Arc Trial (Eng-IIIT) Sept. 18.
Trainer Mick Channon ships Lahaleeb, who has tallied a group III win from six starts in the United Kingdom this season. Lahaleeb came within a neck of winning the Boylesports.com Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) in May when headed close to home by Again at the Curragh. The Irish-bred filly won a group II at Newmarket a year ago.
Also making her North American debut is Sheikh Hamdan's Eastern Aria, a daughter of Halling who has won five of her past nine starts.
In a tough field, Eileen H. Hartis' Texas homebred Princess Haya, who scored a 15-1 upset by a nose over Forever Together in the Canadian Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine Sept. 20, could be overlooked once more. Michael Matz trains the 4-year-old Street Cry filly, who has three wins and four seconds in her past seven starts. She will be ridden again by Rafael Bejarano.
The local horse in here is Firestone Farms' Roses 'n' Wine, who romped by 8 3/4 lengths in the Algoma Stakes on Woodbine's Polytrack in her last start Sept. 7. She is winless in four starts on the Woodbine lawn while finishing second twice.
$1 Million E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT, Race 9, 5:03 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 1/4 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Treat Gently (GB), G K Gomez, 124, R J Frankel
2. Rainbow View (KY), J R Leparoux, 118, J H Gosden
3. Lahaleeb (IRE), W T Buick, 118, M R Channon
4. Eastern Aria (UAE), R L Ffrench, 118, M S Johnston
5. Princess Haya (TX), R Bejarano, 124, M R Matz
6. Look Here (GB), J Crowley, 124, R Beckett
7. Roses 'n' Wine (ON), C Sutherland, 124, D R Bell
8. Salve Germania (IRE), J Castellano, 124, T A Pletcher