Blue Heaven Farm's Starship Jubilee got the lead at the start and never looked in doubt for her win in Saturday's Grade 2 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine, dominating by about five lengths on the finish line. The 6-year-old daughter of Indy Wind, sent off as the 2-1 second choice, ran nine furlongs over the yielding turf course in 1:45.84. Ridden by Luis Contreras for trainer Kevin Attard, Starship Jubilee also won the 2018 edition of the Canadian.
“Kevin told me just to let her break and if they let me go to the lead easy enough, just go,” said Contreras, who was aboard for the 2018 Canadian conquest and had ridden Starship Jubilee to second-place finishes here in the Grade 2 Nassau and Dance Smartly Stakes this year.
“This one, when she's behind horses, it's kind of tough to make her relax but once she relaxes and comes from behind, she's very aggressive at the end. But today with the conditions of the race and the filly, Kevin brought her in here really, really sharp. It doesn't matter where you put them when a horse is this great.”
Starship Jubilee easily took to the yielding turf course on Saturday, skipping over the surface with the early lead and pulling away from the field in the stretch to win by about five lengths. Magnetic Charm nosed out favored Competitionofideas for second, and Holy Helena finished fourth.
Attard had high praise for his talented turf specialist, who had journeyed to Saratoga for a close third-place finish in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa over a mile and a sixteenth on August 24.
“She's been consistent all year,” said Attard. “A mile and a quarter is a tad far for her, probably not her best. I think a mile and an eighth hits here square between the eyes there so when we do run her a mile and a quarter, we do have to ride her and think a little differently. Obviously today, there wasn't any pace and I figured if they were going to let us have the lead, we would take it. She came off a great race at Saratoga, I thought she ran really well. And she came back to work well in the interim. She put it all together.”
Bred in Florida by William P. Sorren, Starship Jubilee is out of the unraced Forest Wildcat mare Perfectly Wild. A $6,500 yearling at OBS, the mare earned a trio of graded stakes wins before being offered at the 2018 Keeneland November sale. She did not achieve her reserve when bidding stopped at $425,000, and has gone on to hit the board in all but one of her five starts since. Starship Jubilee's overall record stands at 13 wins from 30 starts, with earnings of nearly $900,000.
The Canadian is the major local prep for the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor, a $600,000 race for fillies and mares which will be run here October 12. Starship Jubilee did not quite stay out the 10-furlong Taylor trip last year but was beaten only a length and a half as the fourth-place finisher.
“It definitely complicates things,” said Attard. “With the E.P. Taylor being in your own backyard, it's always very tempting. We'll nominate for it and hopefully she comes out in good order and we'll talk it over and decide from there.”
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