There may be four seasons during the year, but don’t try to tell Montare that. The 5-year-old seems to excel as the weather turns cooler, and she did it again Oct. 21, winnng the Prix du Conseil de Paris (Fr-II) for the second time. All the mare’s seven career wins have come during the autumn months.
Kankakee, stablemate of Montare, took the lead at the break and led the field for the first six furlongs. Dancing Lady then assumed command as Kankakee began to weaken. Anabaa’s Creation tracked the top pair, followed closely by Kocab and Montare.
Dancing Lady held on as long as she could, but surrendered the lead to Kocab with just less than two furlongs left. Both Montare and Arch Rebel, who had completely missed the break, were rolling from mid-pack and soon were battling Kocab for the lead.
Kocab began to fade in the final 100 yards, and Montare and Arch Rebel fought it out to the finish, with Montare getting her nose in front at the wire. Arch Rebel finished a length in front of Kocab, who held on for the third spot.
Time for the 12 furlongs was 2:29.4 over the soft Longchamp turf course.
Montare races for her breeder, George Strawbridge. She is out of the Shirley Heights mare, Contare, and is trained by Jonathan Pease. Montare has won seven of 23 lifetime starts, including the Prix Royal-Oak (Fr-I) in 2006.