Embur's Song, entering off a rare dull effort in her last start, will try to rebound when she leads a field of 10 in the $150,000 Bessarabian Stakes (Can-III) Nov. 20 at Woodbine.
The 124-pound high weight and 5-2 morning-line choice, Embur’s Song will face a field that includes last year’s Bessarabian winner, Ariana D, and Atlantic Hurricane, who won the listed Ontario Fashion Stakes in her last start. The seven-furlong Bessarabian is the feature on Woodbine’s 10-race Sunday card. Post time for the Polytrack event is set for 4:26 p.m. EST.
Fares Farm’s Embur’s Song finished 11th in the grade I Spinster Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 9, her first time off the board in her last six starts. The 4-year-old daughter of Unbridled's Song won four straight races earlier in the year, including the Hendrie and Ontario Matron (both Can-III) at Woodbine. She was runner-up in the Seaway Stakes (Can-III) two starts back Sept. 3.
Patrick Husbands will ride Embur’s Song for trainer Todd Pletcher. The bay filly is 6-2-1 from 12 career starts with earnings of $597,464.
Ariana D won the Bessarabian by a neck last year when it was a listed race. The 5-year-old Rock Slide filly was second to Embur’s Song in both the Hendrie and Ontario Matron earlier this season, and was also runner-up by a neck in the Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II). She notched her lone victory of the season Oct. 1 in the Avowal Stakes at Woodbine.
Omar Moreno will have the mount on Ariana D (3-1) for trainer Laurie Silvera. She is owned by Maple Lane Farm.
Ariana D finished third to Atlantic Hurricane in the Oct. 30 Ontario Fashion, which was at six furlongs. Atlantic Hurricane (7-2), a Florida-bred daughter of Halo's Image, has won five of her last six starts since being claimed for $40,000 in June by trainer Stuart Simon. One of those victories was in the Seaway, in which she beat Embur’s Song by three parts of a length.
$150,000 Bessarabian (Can-III, Race 8, 4:2 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 7 Furlongs (Polytrack) PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer, Odds 1. Moonlit Beauty (ON), 119, J P Le Blanc Jr., 12/1
2. Zermatt (KY), E Wilson, 115 T A Pletcher, 8/1
3. Ariana D (PA), O Moreno, 119, L Silvera 3/1
4. Amiable Grace (ON), L Contreras, 119, M J Doyle, 20/1
5. Mullins Beach (ON), J Stein, 115, J Carroll, 12/1
6. Embur's Song (ON), P Husbands, 124, T A Pletcher, 5/2
7. Happy Week (KY), P Husbands, 115, T A Pletcher, 6/1
8, Dance to the Moon (ON), S Callaghan, 117, M J Doyle, 20/1
9. Atlantic Hurricane (FL), E Ramsammy, 121, S C Simon, 7/2
10. Miss Lola (KY), J M Campbell, 117, G Cox, 20/1