08/01/2009 11:00PM

Perfect Shower pulls $95 upset in Breeders'


Perfect Shower ($95.30) pulled off a shocking upset under jockey Jono Jones in the 119th running of the $503,200 Breeders Stakes, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown at Woodbine Sunday.

It was a record eighth win in the mile and a half turf race for trainer Roger Attfield, who sent out Perfect Shower, a son of Perfect Soul, to a victory over $25,000 maidens in his previous start on the Polytrack.

"We took a big shot here," said Attfield. "These Perfect Souls are going to improve [with age]. This horse is just starting to come around. We ran him for $25,000, because I knew nobody would take him off his past form."

Perfect Shower raced about four lengths off the lead on the outside down the backstretch, as Genius Kinshasa set honest fractions while being pressed by Full Throttle. Perfect Shower circled wide into contention on the far turn, and then hit the front just inside the quarter before drifting wide in midstretch.

Perfect Shower maintained a clear lead throughout most of the final furlong, and prevailed by three-quarters of a length over 29-1 shot Guipago. Reservoir finished another two and a quarter lengths back in third in the 13-horse field of Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

Jones said he made an early move on the far turn aboard Perfect Shower. "I pressed him early, so they'd have to come and catch me," he said. "I was just hoping that I'd hang on at the end."

Queen's Plate winner Eye of the Leopard, the 4-5 favorite, had a three-wide stalking trip before fading to 11th in his first turf start. "He couldn't handle the surface," said his rider, Eurico Da Silva.

Perfect Shower completed the distance over firm ground in 2:29.39. He earned $300,000 for owner/breeder, Charles Fipke, which boosted his bankroll to $337,200.

* Oistins ($9) led all the way under Jim McAleney in Sunday's supporting feature, the $127,400 Nandi Stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.

Oistins covered the six furlongs in 1:12.22 while prevailing by a neck over 30-1 outsider Shezadozer. Peploe finished third, and favored Elated Moon was a wide fifth in the 11-horse field.

Terry Jordan trains Oistins, who earned $75,000 for owner James Redekop.