Siyouma sensational in E.P. Taylor

TORONTO, October 14 - Siyouma made the lead at the top of the lane and held on strong to win the $1-million Grade 1 E.P Taylor Stakes, a Breeders' Cup Win & You're In event, Sunday at Woodbine.

The four-year-old daughter of Medicean-Sichilla, trained by Francois Doumen and ridden by Gerald Mosse, came into the E.P Taylor off a win in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on September 29, and was full value for her second top-level score in her first trip across the pond.

Siyouma rated fifth off the early pace of Kapitale in the 1 1/4-mile event, through splits of :25.83, :50.53 and 1:39.20, with Pagera just inside of her in fourth-position. Mosse urged Siyouma to the lead at the top of the lane with Pagera, under Arc de Triomphe-winning jockey Olivier Peslier, and Dream Peace, with Ramon Dominguez in the irons, hot on her heels.

However, Siyouma, despite having to hold on the entire length of the expansive Woodbine stretch would not be caught notching a 1 3/4-length score in 2:03.04. Pagera was up for second, a neck in front of Dream Peace.

Mosse was impressed with his filly's resilience after her winning effort at Newmarket just two weeks ago.

“To be honest, I was not worried about the track, the ground and the filly," said Mosse. "I was just a bit worried two weeks ago…she was in the UK and we won a Group 1 already. It was a bit short in timing, but I told the trainer that if he chose to come, it means we are coming for something solid.”

Doumen was full of praise for the Irish-bred Siyouma.

"She’s so good and she’s so calm," said Doumen. "She has got such a wonderful temperament that it allows her to travel beautifully well and takes all the effort away.”

Peslier, who took the Arc with Solemia just one week ago, had no complaints about his trip aboard Pagera.

"We travelled very well and had plenty of chance to gain the lead and did very well to be second," he said. "I think it's (the turf) more heavy, which is not for her, but she ran very well."

Siyouma improved her record to four wins and three thirds from ten lifetime starts while taking the lion's share ($600,00) of the $1-million purse.

She paid $7.70, $4.80 and $3.30, combining with Pagera ($11.50, $6.90) for a $71.70 (3-2) exactor. A 3-2-5 (Dream Peace, $3.10 to show) triactor was worth $344.10 while a $1 superfecta [3-2-5-12 (Kissable)] came back $1,423.10.

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Next Question answers ‘big time’ in Nearctic

TORONTO, October 14 - Next Question, expertly handled by Ramon Dominguez, fended off a late charge from Night Carnation by a half-length to win the $500,000 Grade 1 Nearctic Stakes, Sunday at Woodbine, part of the Pattison Canadian International undercard.

The six furlong race, a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In event run over a ‘good’ E.P. Taylor Turf Course, drew 11 hopefuls. But the winner, trained by Michael Trombetta, was overlooked by the public, dismissed at 16-1 in his stakes debut, as the four-year-old gelded son of Stormy Atlantic got home in 1:09.32.

Bear Tough Tiger and Next Question duked it out from the beginning, through an opening quarter in :23.03 and a half in :45.71, as the field turned for home.

The pacesetters both hung tough the rest of the way, before Night Carnation, one of two fillies in the field, made a belated bid to just miss. Bear Tough Tiger hung on for third, a half-length further back and a similar margin in front of the mild 5-2 favourite Big Band Sound, who rallied from way back on the outside to finish fourth.

It was the second consecutive win for Next Question, who had entered the Nearctic fresh from an easy seven furlong turf allowance score at Belmont Park on September 12. Last year, he’d broken his maiden in May over Woodbine’s Polytrack, his last start of the year, before starting his campaign this year in New York.

The winner, by virtue of today’s victory, earns an all-expenses paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on November 3 at Santa Anita. He was also supplemented to the Nearctic at a cost of $10,000. Today’s winning purse rewarded owner Three Diamonds Farm with $300,000.

“I knew judging by the paper (Daily Racing Form) that he would be forwardly placed,” said Dominguez, the leader rider in money-won in North America this year, with over $19.3 million. “He is a horse with a lot of natural speed and when we left the gate and I saw the (number) one (Bear Tough Tiger) trying to make the lead, I was excited about that. I kind of wanted to rate and stalk, but my horse was really pulling me and taking me forward so I decided to just keep him together. I was very happy with how he relaxed and turning for home he gave me a pretty good kick.”

Next Question paid $34.10, $15.30 and $10.70, combining with Night Carnation ($7.80, $6.10) for a $254.40 (7-4) exactor. A 7-4-1 (Bear Tough Tiger, $8) triactor returned $2,143 while a $1 superfecta [7-4-1-8 (Big Band Sound)] came back $5,861.65.

Last year’s Nearctic winner, Regally Ready, went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs.

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Delegation delivers in Durham Cup

TORONTO, October 14 – Gary Barber’s Delegation, a three-year-old bay son of Speightstown, won his first stakes race, taking Sunday's Grade 3, $150,300 Durham Cup Stakes at Woodbine, on Pattison Canadian International day.

At the finish of the mile and one-eighth affair, Delegation and jockey Patrick Husbands stopped the clock in 1:50.60 for the milestone score.

Delegation, who came into the Durham Cup off a rousing five-length romp in a one mile and 70 yard Polytrack race on September 23, bested City Wolf by 1 ¼ lengths. James Street was third.

Confidently handled by Husbands, Delegation took charge at the outset, carving out fractions of :25.45 and :50.59. The duo, two lengths in front at the stretch call, were comfortably able to hold off a late bid from City Wolf.

“He is legit fast leaving the gate and he’s not a run off type horse,” said Husbands, of the Mark Casse trainee. “He’s a Speightstown, which is speed, speed, but when he’s on the lead, he’s not going to run off on you.”

It was the fourth career win from six starts for Delegation, who was unraced at two. He was an unlucky second in the one-mile (turf) Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury on July 28 and third in the seven-furlong (turf) Grade 2 Play the King Stakes on August 26.

“I always get a bit nervous, but I should know better,” said assistant trainer Kathryn Sullivan. “Patrick had the measure of the horse all that way down the stretch and he had it well in hand.

“He has just been doing everything right,” continued Sullivan. “He’s never been worse than third in his career. He is such a consistent horse and I think he has really been improving.”

As the favourite, Delegation paid $4.50, $2.80 and $2.10, combining with City Wolf ($4.30, $3.30) for an $18.30 exactor. James Street ($3.20) completed a $51.80 triactor.