10/14/2011 12:19PM

Woodbine: Dream Peace looks solid in E.P. Taylor off last out

Barbara D. Livingston
Miss Keller ran second in the 2010 E.P. Taylor.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Dream Peace, coming off a game victory in the Group 2 Prix de la Nonette at Deauville, heads a plentiful and formidable European contingent for Sunday’s $1 million E.P Taylor Stakes.

The E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares, attracted a field of 11, with locally based Miss Keller and Mekong Melody and the U.S. shipper Dyna Waltz the only North American representatives. The Taylor is a Win and You’re In for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Dream Peace would seem to be a deserving favorite after scoring over about 1 1/4 miles of soft going in her last start on Aug. 23.

“We wanted to come here. That was the program,” said Vidal Collet, wife of Dream Peace’s trainer, Robert Collet, and a member of the partnership that owns the filly. “She’s improving.”

Dream Peace will carry 119 pounds as one of three 3-year-olds in the field, who will be getting five pounds from their older rivals. Collet won the E.P. Taylor with 3-year-olds Truly a Dream, the dam of Dream Peace, in 1994 and with Choc Ice in 2001.

Gerard Mosse retains the mount on Dream Peace, who will be first-time Lasix for the E.P. Taylor.

Sea of Heartbreak also is coming off a Grade 2 score, in Longchamp’s Prix de Royalieu over about 1 9/16 miles on firm ground on Oct. 2. Trainer Roger Charlton has recruited Garrett Gomez for the ride.

“Her best distance is 10 furlongs,” said Charlton, who arrived Thursday evening. “That last race was a bit of a bonus – it was a French-type race. They were going 20 miles an hour and in the last 100 yards they sprinted. She sprinted better than them.

“She won it nicely, and she didn’t have a hard trip.”

Charlton expressed concern over the prospective going here Sunday on behalf of both Sea of Heartbreak and his other starter, Bated Breath, who is the morning-line favorite for the Nearctic.

“I always felt they both needed fast ground to show their best,” Charlton on Friday. “They moved well over the course here this morning, but a race is different than a piece of work.”

Strawberrydaiquiri is another Group 2 winner who figures to be strongly supported off her last-out third-place finish in the Grade 1 Sun Chariot over one mile of yielding turf at Newmarket.

Martin Dwyer returns aboard Strawberrydaiquiri, who also will be first-time Lasix for trainer Brian Meehan.

Mahbooba, a going concern in Dubai this winter, tuned up for the E.P. Taylor with a six-length romp over 1 1/2 miles on good to firm turf at Newmarket. Jamie Spencer rides for trainer Mike de Kock.

Adventure Seeker and Laughing, the other European 3-year-olds, also are coming off listed stakes wins.

Alain de Royer Dupre will be seeking his third E.P. Taylor win with Adventure Seeker. He upset last year’s running with Reggane.

Christophe Soumillon rode Reggane and is back this year to partner Adventure Seeker.

The lightly-raced Laughing is trained by Charles O’Brien and will be ridden by Joel Rosario.

I’m A Dreamer and Kinky Afro round out the transatlantic battalion.

Miss Keller won last year’s Grade 2 Canadian over 1 1/8 miles of turf and then finished second, beaten a length, in the E.P. Taylor but has finished no better than fourth in six subsequent starts.

“I’ve thought a couple of times she was coming up to a big race, but she let me down,” said trainer Roger Attfield. “Keller’s her own little person. You ask a filly like Keller – you don’t tell her.”

John Velazquez rides Miss Keller, who was beaten three lengths last time out as the fifth-place finisher in the Canadian.

Mekong Melody also is looking for her first win of the season and is coming off a last-place finish in the Canadian after two solid efforts at Saratoga.

“She does run a little hot and cold,” said Attfield, who has engaged Patrick Husbands for the mount. “Sometimes I think we’ve blamed certain situations and going for an inferior race. She is doing well.”

Dyna Waltz, trained by Jonathan Sheppard, is a consistent but win-shy sort who will be ridden for the first time by Julien Leparoux.