10/17/2014 10:40AM

E.P. Taylor verdict: Just The Judge is the one

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Michael Burns
Canadian Stakes winner Deceptive Vision might be the leading local hope in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor on Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Judging by the company she’s been keeping, Just The Judge may be the one to fear most in Sunday’s $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes, a 1 1/4-mile turf stakes for fillies and mares that is the traditional supporting feature on Canadian International Day at Woodbine.

Just The Judge, a 4-year-old invader from England, finished second to Sky Lantern in last year’s Group 1 1000 Guineas. She went on to capture the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas but is winless in seven starts since then.

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Just The Judge traveled to Arlington in August for the Grade 1 Beverly D. and did nicely to finish third behind Euro Charline and next-out Grade 1 winner Stephanie’s Kitten while leaving the rapid La Tia in her wake.

“She seemed to enjoy her trip to Chicago, so hopefully will take this trip in her stride,” trainer Charlie Hills said on his website. “If she runs well, she will stay in Canada and then ship down to California for the Breeders’ Cup.”

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Deceptive Vision is the leading local hope in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor off a closing score over about nine furlongs in the Grade 2 Canadian.

“I think she’s going into this race as good as she did the last one,” said trainer Malcolm Pierce. “Hopefully, she’ll have the same trip. You can’t win these races wire to wire. A mile and a quarter is unknown territory because there’s that extra turn on our course. I hope she can get in behind horses. Once she gets in behind, she’ll come off the bridle.”

The race lured six others and goes as race 10 on the 11-race card.

KEY CONTENDERS

Just The Judge (Beyer: 94)

◗ She has been entered in the Tattersalls December sale, so a Grade 1 victory on this side of the pond would be another feather in her cap.

Deceptive Vision (Last 3 Beyers: 98-92-91)

◗ The blue-blooded daughter of A.P. Indy has always been held in high regard by Pierce.

“I thought she was my best 3-year-old filly early in the spring of last year,” Pierce said.

Wall of Sound

◗ The front-runner is going on Lasix off a series of strong showings in England. The two rivals she finished behind last time have both come back to run big.

Odeliz

◗ Another European raider who has maintained solid form throughout the year, and she can handle any type of ground.