10/14/2016 9:16AM

Best In The World tries to give O'Brien first E.P. Taylor win

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Dawn Kay
Best In The World is a full sister to Arc de Triomphe winner Found.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes typically is wide open, with a host of talented Europeans mixing it up with a usually inferior North American contingent. Sunday’s renewal of the $500,000 race at Woodbine is no exception, and Best In The World will be looking to give trainer Aidan O’Brien his first win in the 10-furlong turf test for females.

Best In The World isn’t quite that, but the Irish filly has evolved into a pretty good runner. She captured a Group 3 fixture two starts back and is coming off a narrow loss as the favorite in the Group 2 Blandford Stakes at The Curragh.

Ryan Moore, who won last year’s E.P. Taylor on Curvy, retains the mount on Best In The World. His presence alone should help make her the favorite.

Carded as race 8 on Canadian International Day, the E.P. Taylor kicks off the late pick four, which has a guaranteed pool of $250,000.

KEY CONTENDERS

Best In The World, by Galileo

◗ The blue-blooded 3-year-old is a full sister to Found, who recently captured the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

◗ She races on Lasix for the first time.

Rainha Da Bateria, by Broken Vow

Last 3 Beyers: 101-101-95

◗ Trained by Chad Brown, she drifted out entering the stretch of the Grade 2 Canadian, the local prep for the Taylor, then took control and held off the favored Dacita to prevail by a nose under Julien Leparoux.

“She just wants to be wherever she puts you,” said Leparoux. “She broke sharp and then settled and was relaxed. She did good until she came into the stretch and then started looking around a little bit and getting out. That was a new thing that I learned about her, but at least she won.”

Swiss Range, by Zamindar

◗ She makes her first start since finishing a distant fourth in the Group 1 Nassau at Goodwood on July 30.

◗ Trainer John Gosden has lured Joel Rosario, who won the 2013 E.P. Taylor on Tannery.

◗ She races on Lasix for the first time.

Suffused, by Champs Elysees

Last 3 Beyers: 97-95-95

◗ She closed strongly last time out to take the Grade 3 Glens Falls at Saratoga.

Guapaza, by Seeking the Dia

Last 3 Beyers: 90-95-93

◗ After beating Suffused in the Grade 3 Waya at Saratoga, she came up empty and finished sixth as the favorite in the Glens Falls.

Strut the Course, by Strut the Stage

Last 3 Beyers: 91-89-92

◗ Canada’s champion older female of 2014, she finished fourth in last year’s E.P. Taylor and this year’s Canadian.

Aim to Please, by Excellent Art

◗ The French invader is stretching out off a 1 1/2-length score in a Group 3 contest at Maisons-Laffitte.

Parvaneh, by Holy Roman Emperor

◗ A Group 2 winner in Germany, she’s adding Lasix off a fourth against males in a Group 1 stakes at Cologne.