09/13/2013 12:11PM

Woodbine: Solid Appeal looks to rebound in Canadian Stakes

Michael Burns
Solid Appeal is 4 for 6 on Woodbine's turf course, including a win in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes in July.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Solid Appeal, back on her home turf following a sixth-place finish in Arlington’s Grade 1 Beverly D., will look to resume her winning ways when she faces eight fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade 2 Canadian Stakes.

The $300,000 Canadian, at 1 1/8 miles, is a Win and You’re In qualifying race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Solid Appeal, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old owned by Jim and Susan Hill and trained by Reade Baker, won her first three starts this season, including a pair of Grade 2 turf stakes here: the Nassau over one mile and the Dance Smartly at 1 1/8 miles.

Shipped to Illinois for the Beverly D., Solid Appeal pressed the pace of La Tia in that 1 3/16-mile turf race and wound up sixth, beaten 6 1/4 lengths by the victorious Dank but just two lengths from second money with Joel Rosario in the irons for the first time.

“The winner was in a different league,” Baker said. “We could have been second, I thought, with a more thoughtful ride.”

Jesse Campbell, aboard for Solid Appeal’s two stakes scores here, returns aboard the 121-pound highweight.

“She’s had two works since she got home, and everything’s right on schedule,” Baker said.

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Trainer Roger Attfield will be represented in the Canadian by No Explaining, Moment of Majesty, and Meri Shika.

No Explaining, winner of Pimlico’s Grade 3 Galorette in 2011, was scheduled to retire following that campaign, but her career as a broodmare was derailed by illness, and owner Dick Bonnycastle returned her to Attfield’s barn this spring.

The Irish-bred 6-year-old has run well in each of her three starts here this year, including a third-place finish in the Dance Smartly, in which she was beaten 2 1/2 lengths, and a recent victory over one mile on turf under allowance terms.

No Explaining will be racing with Lasix for the first time, and John Velazquez will be in the irons for the first time since the Galorette.

Moment of Majesty, a stakes winner on turf and Polytrack here last year, joined Attfield’s string this summer following her eighth-place finish in the Dance Smartly. The Ontario-bred finished third, beaten a neck, in her first start for her new barn in the Belle Mahone Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack on Aug. 25.

Emma-Jayne Wilson retains the mount on Moment of Majesty.

Meri Shika, a recent private purchase in France for owner Stella Perdomo, arrived at Woodbine late Tuesday evening along with fellow Canadian entrant Ladys First, who is based in England with Richard Fahey. Fahey won last year’s Canadian Stakes with Barefoot Lady.

David Moran, who rode Barefoot Lady last year, has picked up the mount on first-time Lasix user Meri Shika.

Ladys First, like Barefoot Lady, will run without Lasix. Terry Hamilton, who rode Ladys First to a dead-heat win at Sandown last out, will fly in for the mount.

La Tia, who tired to finish fifth in the Beverly D., will try the local turf for the first time, as will the stakes-placed Minakshi.

Michael Matz, who trains Minakshi, also will send out Colonial Flag, who captured the 2012 running of the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf.

The locally based Pure Blue Sky rounds out the field.