Rainha da Bateria, who has shown a fondness for the local turf course, will be trying to improve on last year's fifth-place finish for trainer Chad Brown when she makes a return appearance in Sunday's Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes.
The $500,000 E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4 mile turf race for fillies and mares, is expected to attract a field of nine. Others confirmed for the race include the Graham Motion-conditioned Quidura, who captured the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes in her last start on September 16, and a second Brown trainee in Fourstar Crook, winner of four New York-bred stakes plus the Grade 3 Dr. James Penny Memorial at Parx Racing.
Rainha da Bateria was victorious in her Woodbine debut, defeating her more fancied stablemate Dacita by a nose in the 2016 edition of the Canadian, and returned four weeks later to finish just 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner in the E.P. Taylor.
This year, her lone win in three starts came at Woodbine in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly, a 1 1/4 mile race in which she dead heated for the top spot with Starship Jubilee.
“She always runs really well there at Woodbine; that's one reason why we're coming,” said Brown, who conditions Rainha da Bateria for Lael Stables.
Rainha da Bateria last saw action at Arlington Park on August 12, coming from well off the pace to finish fourth just 1 3/4 lengths behind Dacita in the Beverly D over 1 3/16 miles of turf.
“She was too far back, unfortunately,” said Brown. “It was a lot to do, but she did run well.”
Brown also believes the nine-week gap will be beneficial.
“I think she runs well fresh; that's why I've given her a little time in between starts,” said Brown. “She runs another ‘A' race for us, hopefully.”
Julien Leparoux, who rode Rainha da Bateria in her two outings here last year, regains the mount after a three-race hiatus.
Fourstar Crook, owned by Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stable and Gary Asquith, sports an admirable record off 9-2-0 from 13 career starts.
The five-year-old is coming off a solid score in Belmont's John Hettiner, displaying a huge late kick to prevail in that 1 1/8 mile turf stakes for the second straight season.
“She's a very consistent horse,” said Brown. “She's very good, and I think the mile and a quarter will suit her just fine.”
Javier Castellano retains the mount on Fourstar Crook.
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