09/16/2012 3:51PM

Woodbine: Substitute rider guides Barefoot Lady to Canadian victory

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.

Charles Berger More than 1 year ago
David is a very good rider......................underrated. Have caught him on many a longshot like DELAWANA last year at 166.70 to win Good to see him get a break in a big race.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Congratulations to Barefoot Lady, her connections, and to Dave Moran on BL's win in the Canadian. You could tell Barefoot Lady was ready for this race and had brought her "A" game the second they started from the gate. A very nice win for BL, and an excellent stroke of luck for Dave Moran to pick up the stakes winning drive at the last second. All Star Heart had a nice place in the race, too. Kapitale was never inspired the whole race, she never made a move to forwardly place herself. I do wonder what was happening where she was concerned. I hope she's okay, Sunday was just not her day. Great win by Barefoot Lady. It speaks well of the future for her. She paid a very nice price, too, as did the exotics. Those that had her had to have loved that, too.
richard montgomery More than 1 year ago
A monkey could drive your car.
Josh More than 1 year ago
Good on ya Davey Moran, you're a hard working lad who deserved a break, well done son.
Joe Rotell More than 1 year ago
i bet your from over the pond.
Pat More than 1 year ago
I had this one hard..you could of had a monkey on her and she would have won..jamie must be kicking himself......