09/19/2011 4:04PM

Woodbine: Never Retreat possible for E.P. Taylor

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Michael Burns
Never Retreat could ship back from her Chicago base for the E.P. Taylor.

Julien Leparoux also was in the winner’s circle following Sunday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian as he guided Never Retreat to her second straight win over 1 1/8 miles on he Woodbine turf course.

Never Retreat, based in Chicago with trainer Chris Block but saddled on Sunday by assistant trainer Drew Coontz, had won the Grade 2 Dance Smartly on July 10 but then finished seventh in Arlington’s Grade 1 Beverly D. over 1 3/16 miles of yielding going on Aug. 18.

“It rained heavily early that afternoon,” said Block. “It put some give in the turf, more than she can handle. I was very concerned that it would affect her ability to run her best race, and I think it did.”

There were no such concerns in the Canadian and Never Retreat now has recorded a pair of wins and as many seconds in four appearances here, all in turf stakes.

“She’s done well this year,” said Block. “She’s kind of in a groove, racing and training. We kind of got the handle on her late last year.

“She’s really going forward now; her confidence level is running high.”

Block will consider sending back Never Retreat for the Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile turf race on the Canadian International card.

But Team Block also will be looking at the Grade 1, $350,000 First Lady, a one-mile turf race at Keeneland on Oct. 8.

‘I’m a little concerned that a mile and quarter would be a little bit out of her range,” said Block. “Things would have to go right, as far as pace-wise.”

Trainer consider’s Zagora’s race a throw-out

Zagora, the 3-1 favorite in the Canadian, ended seventh but was only 3 3/4 lengths behind the winner.

Trained by Chad Brown, Zagora was coming off a victory in the Grade 1 Diana over the same distance of turf at Saratoga.

“She just didn’t fire,” said Brown. “She was training fabulous going into the race. The jock thought this course was just not the right one for her.

“She also was coming off a career top and picking up six pounds, and I don’t think that’s an ideal situation, all those things combined. I’m just going to draw a line through it.”