With a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf on the line, the 2016 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack will once again feature a very competitive field. However, no horse deserves more attention than the expected favorite. Chad Brown’s Dacita hopes to not only win the $600,000 race but also return to the site of her biggest disaster.
With a record of 9-2-1 in 15 starts, the Chilean-born Dacita migrated to the United States last year where she made waves by dethroning Tepin at the Ballston Spa. From there she went straight to the world championships where she finished a disappointing ninth, striding helplessly to catch a lead pack that was headed by Stephanie’s Kitten. She would return at The Verve One to restore faith with a gutsy, runners-up finish and then go head-to-head with Tepin again in the Jenny Wiley. Unfortunately, the Chad Brown trainee finished fourth in that race.
This past summer has been much more fruitful for the 2016 Canadian Stakes hopeful. She has won both the New York and Diana in decisive fashion and cruises in to Woodbine with some renewed confidence and momentum. If she is to avenge the stinging loss she suffered at the Filly & Mare Turf, then she has no choice but to prove that she can continue to be a top choice on the board this weekend.
Challenging her will be a handful of notable entrants. Faufiler could be a sneaky choice to box Dacita with, though she has been all over the standings this year. She was last out placing fifth at the Beverly D. Stakes, a feat she also achieved at the Just A Game. The Graham Motion prospect also has a two stakes wins and two runner-up placings to show for her efforts during what’s been a busy season. Most horse players will stray away from her, but it’s not unwise to look her way if you’re looking for a big pay day.
Strut the Course is still searching for her first win in a stakes race, but has two second place finishes to show for her efforts at the Nassau and Dance Smartly. It’s hard to believe that this will be her breakout performance, but she is going to be worth considering in a top-heavy field.
Outside of Dacita, the only other serious contender is Midnight Miley who is a bit of an enigma in this one. She is an exceptional runner on synthetic tracks, but hasn’t replicated those performances on turf. She’s intriguing, but I wouldn’t peg her as a true threat. The remainder of the 2016 Canadian Stakes is listed below.
Dacita remains the top choice, as does her rival Tepin who will feature in the Woodbine Mile which also takes place that day.
Canadian Stakes – Saturday, September 17th at Woodbine (4:30pm EST)
1 1/8 miles — 3+ Year Old Fillies and Mares — $300,000
|1||Faufiler (IRE)||Edgar S. Prado||119||H. Graham Motion||–|
|2||Dacita (CHI)||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||124||Chad C. Brown||–|
|3||Steip Amach (IRE)||Umberto Risoli||119||David Smaga||–|
|4||Strut the Course (ON)||Rafael Manuel Hernandez||119||Barbara J. Minshall||–|
|5||Rainha Da Bateria (KY)||Julien R. Leparoux||115||Chad C. Brown||–|
|6||Midnight Miley (KY)||Flavien Prat||119||Julia Carey||–|
|7||Goodyearforroses (IRE)||Alan Garcia||115||Roger L. Attfield||–|