09/14/2012 1:05PM

Woodbine: Canadian's nine furlongs may be too short for Kapitale

Four-Footed Fotos
German import Kapitale may prefer more distance than the 1 1/8 miles of the Canadian.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Kapitale, trained in Germany by Andreas Woehler, joined her stablemate Scalo here at Woodbine last week.

Both horses will run Sunday, and both are morning-line favorites, with Kapitale pegged at 5-2 for the Canadian and Scalo at 2-1 for the Northern Dancer.

Kapitale, a 5-year-old who has made just seven lifetime starts, will face eight other fillies and mares in the Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile turf race that offers Grade 2 status and a purse of $300,000.

A Group 3 winner over 1 3/8 miles of yielding turf in Germany, Kapitale traveled to Arlington Park for the Grade 1 Beverly D. on Aug. 18.

Racing for the first time in almost 10 months, Kapitale finished just 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner while closing for fourth in that 1 3/16-mile turf race under returning rider Mirco Demuro.

“She ran well, first time off that long break,” Woehler said. “She was a little bit rusty. It took her a long time to get going.”

Woehler acknowledges that the Canadian distance may be a touch on the short side for Kapitale.

“The mile and a quarter of the E.P. Taylor would be a better distance for her,” he said.

The Canadian is situated as a stepping-stone to the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes, a $1 million race for fillies and mares on Canadian International Day, Oct. 14.

Barefoot Lady, trained in England by Richard Fahey, is a Group 3 winner who has kept good company this year.

In her last start, Barefoot Lady was beaten just two lengths as the fourth-place finisher in the Group 3 Strensall Stakes over 1 1/8 miles of turf at York.

“It was a solid race,” said travelling head lass Alyson Deniel, who arrived last Saturday night with Barefoot Lady. “It was a tough ask, taking on the boys, but she fought all the way to the line. I’ve never come across a filly with guts like that. She tries so hard. She’s so tough.”

Jamie Spencer will ride Barefoot Lady for the first time.

The Canadian also attracted U.S. invaders All Star Heart, Laughing, and Shimmering Moment.

All Star Heart, a 5-year-old who has been racing in California with trainer Ron McAnally, is owned by Toronto-based Gerald Gibbs and was scratched form the Sept. 2 Yellow Ribbon at Del Mar in favor of this spot.

Originally trained in Kentucky by David Ashcraft, All Star Heart made four starts here for Arthur Silvera as a 3-year-old before shipping west and becoming a Grade 2 stakes winner on the grass.

Regular rider Brice Blanc has the call on All Star Heart.

Laughing, who is trained by Alan Goldberg, and Shimmering Moment, conditioned by Francis Abbott III, finished one-two last time out in the Grade 3 Matchmaker over 1 1/8 miles of turf at Monmouth Park.

Locally based Luis Contreras has picked up the mount on Laughing, who was here for the E.P. Taylor last year and finished seventh while making her North American debut.

Rounding out the field will be locally based Stars to Shine, Smart Sting, Moment of Majesty, and Indian Pond.

Stars to Shine, trained by Mark Frostad, finished ninth in the Beverly D., but was a good third in last year’s Canadian behind next-out Grade 1 winners Never Retreat and Perfect Shirl.

Moment of Majesty, an Ontario-bred, was second to Marketing Mix in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly over 1 1/8 miles of turf here Aug. 19 and is a longshot prospect from the barn of Sue Leslie.