10/12/2012 3:49PM

Woodbine: Siyouma has slight edge in E.P. Taylor


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Siyouma, fresh off a victory in the Grade 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Sept. 29, looms the one to beat in the field of 13 for Sunday’s Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine.

The $1 million E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile turf race, has attracted a diverse field, with fillies and mares from France, England, Ireland, Germany, New York, and California joining the local contingent.

The winner will earn a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita.

Siyouma, trained by Francois Doumen and with her regular rider, Gerald Mosse, is one of four French-trained fillies in the E.P. Taylor along with Pagera, Trois Lunes, and Havant.

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Pagera, trained by Henri-Alex Pantell and to be ridden by Olivier Peslier, is coming off a Group 3 win over 1 3/8 miles of yielding turf in Germany and will be racing with Lasix for the first time.

Pantell, responding to an e-mail, said Pagera is doing well and that soft going would improve her chances.

Trois Lunes is conditioned by Francois Rohaut, who won the 1997 E.P. Taylor with Mrs. Lindsay.

“After the race in Deauville, we decided to come here,” said Rohaut, who had sent out the 3-year-old Trois Lunes to finish a good third in a Group 2 race over about 1 1/4 miles of firm turf at Deauville on Aug. 21. “This is a good race, with a good field. This will probably be her last race; there’s nothing left in Europe. It will be interesting to see her in this type of race.’

Francois Bertras retains the mount on Trois Lunes.

Havant, trained by Freddie Head, has finished second in her two starts this year, both in listed stakes. Frankie Dettori has the mount on Havant, who will be first-time Lasix.

Barefoot Lady, trained in England by Richard Fahey, remained at Woodbine after winning the Grade 2 Canadian over 1 1/8 miles of turf on Sept. 16. Tony Hamilton has the call for the E.P. Taylor.

Kapitale, the German invader, shipped to finish fourth in Arlington’s Grade 2 Beverley D. and then moved here for the Canadian, in which she again finished fourth but this time as the favorite. Marco Dimuro rides for trainer Andreas Woehler.

Princess Highway, from Ireland, finished seventh, beaten 5 3/4 lengths, last time out in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille at Longchamp. Trained by Dermot Weld, the 3-year-old Princess Highway will be running with Lasix for the first time with her regular rider, Patrick Smullen, in the irons.

Dream Peace, a European transplant now based in New York with trainer Chad Brown, was beaten a head and a nose as the third-place finisher in last year’s E.P. Taylor.

Ramon Dominguez rides Dream Peace, who finished a half-length behind the winner when third in Belmont’s Grade 1 Flower Bowl on Sept. 29. In her last start for trainer Robert Collet, Dream Peace finished second in Saratoga’s Grade 1 Diana at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

All Star Heat, trained in California by Ron McAnallly, stayed on at Woodbine after finishing second in the Canadian. Brice Blanc will return for the E.P. Taylor mount.

Vamo a Galupiar, trained by Neil Drysdale, arrived from California on Wednesday. Bred in Chile and a private purchase last year for owner Robert S. Evans, Vamo a Galupiar won Santa Anita’s Grade 2 Santa Ana two starts back at a 1 1/8 miles on turf under returning rider Mike Smith.

Kissable, Stars to Shine, and Moment of Majesty are the local representatives.

Trained by Roger Attfield and ridden by John Velazquez, Kissable is coming off a third-place finish in Saratoga’s Grade 3 Glens Falls over 1 3/8 miles of turf and has since joined the Lasix program.

“She’s doing very well,” said Attfield. “Whether she’s good enough or not is the question.”

Stars to Shine and Moment of Majesty finished third and seventh in the Canadian.

“She’s coming into the race well,” said Stars to Shine’s trainer, Mark Frostad, who will give Alex Solis a leg up. “It looks wide-open. The trip’s going to be important.”