09/12/2014 10:07AM

Lexie Lou challenges elders in Canadian Stakes

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Michael Burns
The 3-year-old Canadian-bred filly Lexie Lou gets tested for class in the Grade 2 Canadian.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Queen’s Plate winner Lexie Lou will get her sternest test to date on Sunday’s Woodbine Mile undercard, when she meets older opposition in the $300,000 Canadian Stakes.

Lexie Lou is riding a lucrative three-race winning streak, having taken the Woodbine Oaks, the $1 million Plate, and the Wonder Where Stakes. After Lexie Lou breezed five-eighths in 1:00.40 last Sunday, trainer Mark Casse said the 3-year-old filly has continued to flourish.

“She worked super,” Casse said. “She wasn’t supposed to go that fast, but she did it with ease. Every time I see her, she looks bigger and stronger. Every now and then, you get a horse who thrives with racing, and she does.”

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The Grade 2 Canadian, scheduled for about nine furlongs on grass, is a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In event in which the winner gets a fees-paid berth to the BC Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita.

Canadian Stakes (Race 9)

KEY CONTENDERS

Lexie Lou (Last 3 Beyers: 93-88-92)

◗ The Wonder Where was her first grass start, and she passed with flying colors, albeit against Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

“I thought her turf race was good, but [the opposition] was suspect,” Casse said. “She’ll get tested on Sunday. Her numbers are as good, if not better, than anybody.”

La Tia (Last 3 Beyers: 93-95-77)

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◗ The speedy Arlington invader won the Grade 3 Ontario Matron by six lengths here July 26 and was a prominent fourth in last year’s Canadian.

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◗ Trainer Armando De la cerda said La Tia wasn’t allowed to establish an uncontested lead in last year’s Canadian, which led to her undoing. “She has to be [clearly] in front,” he said.

Solid Appeal (Last 3 Beyers: 93-94-89)

◗ Last year’s Canadian champion female turf runner won the Grade 2 Nassau here in May and was a troubled fifth in the Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga on July 19.

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Deceptive Vision (Last 3 Beyers: 92-91-94)

◗ She showed surprising speed in her last two outings, a third-place finish in the Nassau and a nose loss in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly on July 6.

“We’ve been spending time trying to get her to settle a bit,” said trainer Malcolm Pierce. “She was a little aggressive in her last two starts, which is really not the style we’re looking for.”

Savvy Hester (Last 3 Beyers: 85-92-86)

◗ She finished a close third in the Dance Smartly before ending up second after leading until late stretch in the 12-furlong Flaming Page Stakes on Aug. 23.

“Savvy is in good form right now,” said trainer Ricky Griffith. “The cutback in distance will definitely help and not hinder her.”

Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Go givem a whooping lexie!