10/19/2007 12:00AM

Mrs. Lindsay can continue winning tradition

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - European 3-year-olds have had an uncommon amount of success in the E.P. Taylor Stakes, the 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares Sunday that is the companion feature to the Canadian International.

And while that trend has been dormant in recent years, it should be resurrected here in Sunday's $1 million E.P. Taylor by Mrs. Lindsay, who has shipped over from France and is widely acknowledged as the filly to beat.

Mrs. Lindsay, one of three 3-year-olds in the 10-horse E.P. Taylor field, will be seeking her second straight Grade 1 win after capturing the Prix Vermeille at 1 1/2 miles at Longchamp. Trained by Francois Rohaut, Mrs. Lindsay also finished second in the Group 1 Prix de Diane going 1 5/16 miles at Chantilly this June.

"She's a good filly; she's got a lot of pace," said Rohaut, who trains Mrs. Lindsday for Bettina Jenney. "She's better over a mile and a half but she did run well in the Prix de Diane, and she's still improving."

John Murtagh, who has ridden Mrs. Lindsay in her last three starts, will do the honors again here Sunday.

Four Sins, a German-bred 4-year-old who is based in Ireland with trainer John Oxx, is the other European invader for this year's E.P. Taylor. Mick Kinane will ride Four Sins, who is 2 for 2 in group races at 1 1/4 miles this year.

Barancella, Safari Queen, and Hostess form the U.S. contingent.

Barancella, a 6-year-old mare trained by Bobby Frankel, will be making her third consecutive appearance in the E.P. Taylor. After finishing fourth here in 2005, just three-quarters of a length behind the victorious Honey Ryder, Barancella was second last year, beaten a length by Arravale.

Barancella comes into this year's E.P. Taylor off a victory in the Fairway Flyer, a 1 3/8-mile overnight turf stakes at Belmont on Sept. 23.

The Fairway Flyer was the first start for Barancella since April 25, when she finished second to Safari Queen in Keeneland's 1 1/2-mile Bewitch.

"She shredded a frog in the summertime, and it took its time growing back," said Frankel of the soft pad on a horse's foot. "There wasn't too much for her, anyway. This was the main target."

Javier Castellano, who has ridden Barancella in her last six starts, will again be aboard.

Safari Queen, trained by Todd Pletcher, is coming off a fifth-place finish in Saratoga's Grade 3 Glens Falls at 1 3/8 miles on turf, her second straight subpar effort.

Hostess was fourth in both the Glens Falls and the more recent Grade 1 Flower Bowl at Belmont for trainer Jim Bond, and remains eligible for a second-level allowance.

Heading the local troops is Sealy Hill, a 3-year-old who is coming off a closing second-place finish in the Grade 2 Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile turf race that is the major local prep for the E.P. Taylor. She is following the path of Arravale, who was a 3-year-old last year when she used her second-place finish in the Canadian as a springboard to success in the E.P. Taylor.

Regular rider Patrick Husbands has the call on Sealy Hill, who is trained by Mark Casse.

Essential Edge, who upset this year's Canadian in front-running fashion, will be running beyond 1 1/8 miles for the first time here. Jono Jones, who has held a hot hand in stakes here recently, retains the mount on Essential Edge.

Rounding out the field are the locally based longshots Elle Runaway, The Niagara Queen, and Sans Souci Island, the other 3-year-old in the lineup.