Updated on 09/17/2011 11:42AM

Volga prevails in E.P. Taylor


ETOBICOKE, Ontaro - Volga, making her first start for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden for the first time by Richard Migliore, prevailed by a head over an unlucky Tigertail in a thrilling conclusion to the Grade 1, $750,000 here Sunday.

Hi Dubai was another nose back in third, finishing a head before fourth-place Mer de Corail in the field of 10 fillies and mares.

A 5-year-old owned by Joe Allen, Volga raced toward the rear of the field early as locally-based Inish Glora and Heyahohowdy dueled through fractions of :26.13, :50.78, and 1:15.58 in the 1.25 mile race over "soft" turf.

Migliore asked Volga to pick it up around the final turn and she responded, rallying four wide in the stretch to battle with Hi Dubai and then hitting the wire just in time to negate Tigertail's strong surge.

"I didn't know if we had won or not; I rode with my head down, through the wire," said Migliore. "She was very game; she fought hard all the way through the stretch."

Tigertail, who had shipped over from France for trainer Rodolphe Collet, was full of run after straightening out in the stretch. But the was unable to find clearing sailing until she was swung to the far outside in the late stages and finished furiously while probably best.

Volga, who was making her third appearance in the E.P. Taylor, returned $22.90 and keyed a $226.10 exactor over 9-1 Tigertail.

English invader Hi Dubai, prominent throughout as the 5-2 second choice, rounded out a triactor worth $1,543.20 and Mer de Corail, another French shipper who was sent away at 9-1, completed a $4,462.40 superfecta.

Rounding out the order of finish were the favored Walzerkoenigin, Baie, Inish Glora, New Economy, Heyahohowdy and Diadella.

Volga earned $450,000 to bring her career bankroll to $991,759. She was timed in 2:05.68 while recording her first Grade 1 victory here.