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Starship Jubilee Represents Canada in E.P. Taylor

Starship Jubilee

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By Emily Shields for TVG

The classy Canadian mare Starship Jubilee will take on the world in the 64th edition of the $600,000 E.P. Taylor (G1) at Woodbine on Saturday. A field of ten have been drawn for the 1 ¼-mile race for older fillies and mares, which could have Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) implications.

Starship Jubilee will be a popular local choice after running fourth in this contest last year. Kevin Attard trains the six-year-old daughter of Indy Wind, who is five for 12 over the Woodbine turf course. She is a two-time winner of the Canadian Stakes (G2) and has virtually always been good, winning 13 of 30 lifetime starts and closing in on $900,000 in earnings. Luis Contreras will ride Starship Jubilee, who had a strong work here October 5.

Anther Canadian seeking glory in this world class event is popular Holy Helena, a five-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper. The winner of the Queen’s Plate over males in 2017, Holy Helena has found a home on turf, where she has won five of 12 starts. The millionaire mare, who is trained by Jimmy Jerkens, won the Dance Smartly (g2) here in June, then had the summer off before running fourth behind Starship Jubilee in the Canadian. Forecasted rain might hamper her chances.

A host of international shippers will pose a threat. Red Tea (GB) comes in for trainer Joseph O’Brien after running third in a French group 1 event in August. Before that she was an Irish group 2 winner, and gets Woodbine’s leading rider Eurico Rosa Da Silva for this.

Durance (Ger) has made her last six starts in her native Germany after starting her career in France. She was a group 3 winner there in July, and has won four of nine lifetime. The three-year-old daughter of Champs Elysees (GB) debuted at this distance as a juvenile but has not run it since.

Imperial Charm (GB) will start for trainer Simon Crisford. Her lone victory came at Newmarket last November, but she has been no worse than fourth in her career and has finished third in her last three starts, including a group 3 race at Chantilly.

Platane (GB) rounds out the invaders. She was a group 3 winner at Longchamp in April, but hasn’t won since. Most recently she was fifth in the group 2 Prix de la Nonette at Deauville, beaten four lengths for the win.

Graham Motion brings in Secret Message, who will start from the outside post. She was a stakes winner here in May, taking the Nassau (G2) over Starship Jubilee. This will be her first time stretching out to this distance; her wins to date have all come at a mile or shorter with the exception of the 1 1/8 mile Pucker Up (G3) at Arlington Park 14 months ago. Motion will also start Si Que Es Buena (Arg), who will be making her fourth start in North America and first since January, when she won a grade 3 race at Gulfstream Park. The six-year-old mare is two for five at the distance.

Gaining (GB) for Brad Cox and Attard’s A. A. Azula’s Arch round out the field. The E.P. Taylor goes as the eighth race on a 12-race card. Watch all the stakes action from Woodbine, as well as Belmont Park, Keeneland, and Santa Anita, live on TVG.

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