Anne Walsh's Cactus Kris will look to win her second straight graded victory over the Woodbine synthetic track Nov. 15 in the $200,000 Bessarabian Stakes (Can-III), but will have to defeat a pair of rivals who have defeated her in the past. Woodbine, Sunday, November 15, 2015, Race 8
Last time out Oct. 18, the 4-year-old Cactus Ridge filly trained by Ryan Walsh closed gamely from eighth to win the Ontario Fashion Stakes (Can-III), her first graded score.
LEWYN: Cactus Kris Last to First in Ontario Fashion
But two fellow Bessarabian runners already have recent experience besting Cactus Kris.
Haras de Saint Pair and Monceaux Stable's Marbre Rose defeated Cactus Kris by 1 3/4 lengths in the Aug. 8 Seaway Stakes (Can-III), before the Christophe Clement filly finished sixth in the Noble Damsel (gr. IIIT) last time out.
LEWYN: Marbre Rose Prevails in Tight Seaway Finish
Diane Manning's Miss Mischief also got the best of Cactus Kris, by 1 1/2 lengths, in the Oct. 6 H.B.P.A. Stakes at Presque Isle Downs.
Endless Light is another familiar rival in the field, finishing a neck back in the Ontario Fashion and a nose back in the Seaway.
Ivan Dalos' undefeated Elusive Collection is another intriguing contender in the field, coming off a neck score in the Etobicoke Stakes Sept. 6 in only the second start of her career. The Elusive Quality filly is the only 3-year-old in the field.
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L 1 1Endless Light (GB) Emma-Jayne Wilson 119 Mark R. Frostad 7/2 2 2Cactus Kris (KY) Huber Villa-Gomez 121 Ryan D. Walsh 9/2 3 3Elusive Collection (KY) Luis Contreras 118 Josie Carroll 9/5 4 4Marbre Rose (IRE) Alan Garcia 119 Christophe Clement 3/1 5 5Miss Mischief (KY) Eurico Rosa Da Silva 119 Dale Capuano 8/1 6 6Skylander Girl (ON) Emile Ramsammy 119 Alexander P. Patykewich 15/1 7 7Paddle Board (KY) David Moran 115 Alan E. Goldberg 20/1
Woodbine, Sunday, November 15, 2015, Race 8