Cactus Kris

Cactus Kris

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Cactus Kris Faces Familiar Rivals at Woodbine

A familiar group of fillies and mares will vie for grade III stakes.

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.

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.

Entries: Bessarabian S. (G2)

Woodbine, Sunday, November 15, 2015, Race 8

  • Grade II
  • 7f
  • All Weather Track
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 4:40 PM (local)
11Endless Light (GB)Emma-Jayne Wilson119Mark R. Frostad7/2
22Cactus Kris (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateHuber Villa-Gomez121Ryan D. Walsh9/2
33Elusive Collection (KY)Luis Contreras118Josie Carroll9/5
44Marbre Rose (IRE)Alan Garcia119Christophe Clement3/1
55Miss Mischief (KY)Eurico Rosa Da Silva119Dale Capuano8/1
66Skylander Girl (ON)Keeneland Sales GraduateEmile Ramsammy119Alexander P. Patykewich15/1
77Paddle Board (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateDavid Moran115Alan E. Goldberg20/1