Saturday, November 01, 2008

Retraceable hears no footsteps in taking Princess Elizabeth

TORONTO, November 1 * Retraceable, a bay daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, easily took Saturday's $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes.

Confidently ridden by Patrick Husbands, Retraceable watched from mid-pack as first-time starter Sanguine and favourite High Mist, who came into the 1 1/16 mile feature undefeated in three starts, took the seven-horse field through opening splits of :23.35 and :47.14.

Longshot Milwaukee Appeal surged to the front on the far turn, but Retraceable, eight-wide, was waiting to pounce. Down the lane, Retraceable widened her advantage and went on to a 3 ¼ length victory, timed in 1:44.76 on the Polytrack. Milwaukee Appeal held for second, while Flashy Got Even was third.

In her fourth career outing, Retraceable took her second lifetime score in the Princess Elizabeth, considered the premier race for Canadian-foaled two-year-old fillies. The Ontario-bred had come into the race off a troubled fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes on October 5.

Mark Casse, who trains and co-owns Retraceable, was happy to finally see his filly enjoy some good fortune.

"She really had a rough trip in the Sales Stakes," said Casse, in reference to a second-place finish in the seven-furlong Muskoka Stakes on September 1. "She got steadied four or five times. In her last start (Mazarine), she pulled her shoe off and afterwards she was notably off. I have to hand it to the gang at the barn, they worked hard on her. It paid off today."

High Mist, the 3-5 choice ridden by Eurico Rosa da Silva, was in prime stalking position throughout, but the Fanfreluche Stakes winner came up empty, winding up fifth.

"Today, she was not herself," said da Silva. "Hopefully, next race she'll fire for us."

Husbands, who celebrated his first Princess Elizabeth score, was happy with how the race unfolded.

"I was trying to get my horse relaxed," said the five-time Sovereign Award winner as Canada's top rider. "I have to take my hat off to Mark. I breezed this horse twice going into this race and I told him she wasn't right. He told me not too worry.

"She ran a dynamite race. She just got lonely the last six strides and jumped back to her left lead. But she showed you she's back to her game."

Rectraceable made a solid first impression, taking her six-furlong career bow by 2 ¾ lengths on July 26.

She paid $6.20, $3.50 and $2.70, combining with Milwaukee Appeal ($11.70, $7.50) for a $79.70 exactor. Flashy Got Even paid $5.80 to show and completed a $421.10 triactor.

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