Anne's Beauty, two-length winner of the Duchess Stakes last month, tries the Woodbine turf this time against 10 rivals in the $150,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes (Can-IIIT) Aug. 27.
The Ontario Colleen, for 3-year-old fillies, is contested at one mile. It is the eighth race on the Woodbine card and is set for a 4:52 p.m. EDT post.
Owned by Robert Smithen and trained by Paul Attard, Anne's Beauty has had two prior starts on Woodbine's turf. She ran third in her maiden debut last summer and was most recently fifth in an optional claiming allowance event at 1 1/16 miles June 11. She bounced out of that effort with a late-running tally as the favorite in the seven-furlong Duchess July 30 over the Polytrack.
Bred in Kentucky by Richard Forbush and Doug Oliver, Anne's Beauty is by Artie Schiller out of the Sea Wall mare Lucky Streak. She cost $30,000 as a yearling at Keeneland in September 2009 and has banked $259,192 while compiling a 3-1-2 mark in seven starts. Patrick Husbands has the return call on the bay filly, who drew post 2.
Two contenders in the Ontario Colleen are coming out of the July 16 Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) at nine furlongs.
Summer Savory, a daughter of Horse Chestnut trained by Mike Stidham for Millennium Farms, missed by a half-length with her late surge, finishing second to Excited over a firm Colonial Downs turf course. Stronach Stables' Smart Sting, a Smart Strike filly conditioned by Roger Attfield, ran fourth, beaten by 1 3/4 lengths. Both have won twice previously on grass.
My Redbyrd ships in from Saratoga where she won the one-mile Hattie Moseley Stakes over the inner turf course at odds of 18-1 on the same day that Anne's Beauty was winning the Duchess. Owned by Newton Anner Stud and trained by John Terranova II, the daughter of Royal Academy finished second in Belmont Park's Recording Stakes before that.
The winner of that race, Hungry Island, scored a decisive victory in the Woodford Reserve Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Aug. 21.
Borders Racing Stable's Hoi An returns after a third-place finish at 28-1 in the Wonder Where Stakes against Canadian-foaled fillies at 10 furlongs July 31. Carolyn Costigan trains the daughter of Successful Appeal , who was fourth in the Ontario Damsel three weeks earlier.
Poof Too, third in the Mazarine Stakes (Can-III) last fall, won her first start in more than nine months for trainer Mark Frostad. The Distorted Humor filly defeated a first-level allowance field at 6 1/2 furlongs in a sharp effort over the course July 16. She is two-for-two on the Woodbine turf.
$150,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes (Can-IIIT, Race 8, 4:52 p.m.), 3-Year-old Fillies, 1 Mile (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Embarr (VA), O Castillo, 114, S S Cooney
2. Anne's Beauty (KY), P Husbands, 116, P Attard
3. My Redbyrd (KY), T Pizarro, 114, J P Terranova II
4. Poof Too (KY), O Moreno, 114, M R Frostad
5. Our Lady in Red (IL), J M Campbell, 114, R R Scherer
6. Hoi An (ON), D Moran, 114, C M Costigan
7. My Perfect Ten (KY), J McAleney, 114, E R Charalambous
8. Mendocino Beano (ON), L Contreras, 114, C Day Phillips
9. Summer Savory (KY), J Graham, 114, M Stidham
10. Heavenly Pride (KY), J Stein, 114, M K McDonald
11. Smart Sting (KY), E R Da Silva, 114, R L Attfield