09/16/2012 2:51PM

Woodbine: Substitute rider guides Barefoot Lady to Canadian victory

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Michael Burns
Barefoot Lady, with David Moran a late substitute for Jamie Spencer, captures the Grade 2 Canadian.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Barefoot Lady, a late pickup mount for local rider David Moran, stalked the pace and rallied smartly for a 1 1/2-length win in the Grade 2, $314,200 Canadian Stakes here at Woodbine on Sunday.

“It was a nice surprise,” said Moran, who inherited the mount when Barefoot Lady’s import rider Jamie Spencer was unable to make the filly’s assigned weight of 113 pounds.

“She carried me beautifully throughout. I got a great trip.”

Racing next to the hedge on a turf course rated good, Barefoot Lady stalked the pace set by Laughing and pressed by Stars to Shine with Smart Sting also in close attendance.

Turning into the stretch, Stars to Shine finally put away Laughing but was immediately confronted by Barefoot Lady.

“I just moved her out, and it was all over from there. She finished strong to the wire. She had it well in the bag.”

All Star Heart, who had shipped in from California, rallied to finish second with Stars to Shine holding for third money, three-quarters of a length  behind the runner-up.

Kapitale, the lukewarm favorite at 5-2, finished a non-threatening fourth in the field of nine with Indian Pond, Smart Sting, Moment of Majesty, Laughing, and Shimmering Moment completing the order of finish. The final time was 1:45.89, three seconds off the course record.

Barefoot Lady is trained by Richard Fahey, who was not present at Woodbine. Traveling head lass Alyson Deniel oversaw Barefoot Lady’s final preparations for the Canadian.

Recording her most lucrative and important victory to date, Barefoot Lady earned $180,000 and returned $16.20 as the sixth choice.