09/18/2011 3:10PM

Woodbine: Never Retreat follows up Dance Smartly score by taking Canadian

Michael Burns
Never Retreat, ridden by Julien Leparoux, collects her second straight Grade 2 stakes victory in the Canadian.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Never Retreat, returning to the scene of her score in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly on Aug. 13,  pressed the pace of longshot Woolly Bear and took over around the final turn en route to a half-length victory here at Woodbine in Sunday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian Stakes for fillies and mares.

Never Retreat prevailed as a the fourth choice in the about 1 1/8-mile turf race, which attracted a field of 14.

“She broke good, and put me in the race nice,” said jockey Julien Leparoux. “She relaxed beautiful for me. She got to the lead very early, but she kept on going. She’s a nice filly.”

Perfect Shirl, one of three horses in the field trained by Roger Attfield, was well back through the opening six furlongs but closed strongly to finish second at almost 25-1.

Stars to Shine, competitive throughout after breaking from the outside post, ended a length behind the runner-up in third with Fantasia another half-length back as the fourth-place finisher.

Zagora, favored at 3-1, wound up a non-threatening seventh.

Never Retreat returned $15.50 and keyed an exacta  payoff of $318.70, a trifecta  of $5,464.10, and a superfecta of $23,617.50.

The final time over a firm turf course was 1:45.13.