05/21/2017 6:33PM

Grizzel defeats favored Enstone in Selene Stakes

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Michael Burns
David Moran guides Grizzel to a 1 1/2-length win in the Selene.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario —The former European runner Grizzel remained unbeaten on Woodbine’s Tapeta with a daylight score over Enstone in Sunday’s Grade 3, $131,300 Selene Stakes.

Over a wet surface that favored the inside, Grizzel saved ground in a stalking position, as Enstone set lively fractions of 23.83 and 47.98 seconds, with Addictive in close proximity. Enstone was angled wide for the drive, and then wore down Enstone in the final furlong to prevail by 1 1/2 lengths, in a quick final time of 1:42.29.

David Moran rode the Mike Doyle-trained Grizzel, who also captured the allowance prep for the Selene.

“I had a great trip,” said Moran. “I told Mike in the paddock, the plan was to try to follow [Enstone]. She was the favorite and the speed. It just worked out that way. I got a good split turning for home. She’s a nice horse. She won pretty well, I thought. We loved her. We’ve loved her since she arrived here. She’s just a classy individual.”

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A daughter of Kodiac, Grizzel paid $8.40 and earned $75,000 for the partnership Merriebelle Stable and Anna Doyle.