10/30/2009 11:00PM

Maiden wins Princess Elizabeth

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario The Irish invader Roan Inish won her maiden in style at Woodbine Saturday, taking the under an Irish rider, David Moran.

Roan Inish ($25) broke awkwardly in the 1 1/16-mile event, and gave the rest of the field of 2-year-old fillies a two-length head start. She proceeded to save ground, while running about four lengths off the lead on the backstretch.

Resentless set honest fractions under Chantal Sutherland, before turning back a wide bid from favored Ernfold. Roan Inish was put to an all-out drive nearing the three-eighths pole, and then closed gradually along the rail in the stretch to overhaul Resentless in the final strides, winning by a length in 1:46.23.

Ernfold finished another three lengths back in third after drifting out exiting the far turn and at the sixteenth pole. Honey Crisp was fourth in the eight-horse field of Canadian-breds.

Roan Inish, who was coming off a troubled eighth-place finish in the Group 3 Park Stakes at the Curragh, was making her first start on Polytrack, and for trainer Carolyn Costigan. Roan Inish collected $150,000 for owner-breeder Robert Costigan, who also campaigned her dam, two-time Canadian champion turf female Inish Glora.

* Points of Grace ($3.90) held off a fast-closing Lomaki to capture the for fillies and mares. Jockey Luis Contreras got a leg up from trainer Malcolm Pierce on Points of Grace, who covered the mile on soft turf in 1:38.50.