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With Javier Castellano calling the shots, she began picking off rivals on the turn, circled around the leaders and was clear at the finish, winning by 3 1/4 lengths.Stainless was second, also with a late run, and Cash Out finished third. "Extremely impressive but I'm not surprised," Brown said.The O'Brien-Ryan Moore combo has Rain Goddess, a 3-year-old Galileo filly who had some issues while finishing a close-up eighth in the Grade I Beverly D. Sunday's 0,000 Grade II Nearctic Stakes, 6 furlongs on the turf, drew an interesting field of eight.
Holy Helena, a Ghostzapper filly, stepped up directly from a maiden win to take the Woodbine Oaks and then the Queen's Plate.Johnny Bear and Messi were first and third in the Grade I Northern Dancer going the course and distance last month. But she was second behind only the superb Enable in the Irish Oaks before that and has two good efforts back home since the Chicago race. Kitten's Roar has the credentials to post the upset after winning at Kentucky Downs.It's the same deal in Sunday's 0,000, Grade I E. Taylor going 10 furlongs on the turf with some excellent European fillies and mares tackling some equally talented local distaffers. And while much of Fourstar Crook's considerable success has come versus fellow New York-breds, the 5-year-old is trained by Chad Brown and did not ship to Woodbine for the exercise.The local contingent arguably is headed by Ikerrin Road, winner of the Grade III Bold Venture in his last start.But that was on the all-weather track, where he has been most effective.