The sky looked ominous. It couldn’t decide between sunshine and rain and rainbows on Oct. 17, suddenly autumn. The winds chased the dark clouds around and the people too.
And beneath it all, French-born trainer Christophe Clements almost swept the $602,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes, winning with British-bred Mutamakina, and finishing second with La Dragontea, another British-bred filly, that stampeded down the homestretch and pressed her stablemate indeed. Mutamakina won by half a length on the yielding turf.
On the undercard was Woodbine Mile winner Town Cruise, cutting back in distance to the six furlongs of the $281,800 Nearctic Stakes, and staying home after all, instead of going to the Breeders Cup in California in three weeks. But alas, he lost, as Avie’s Flatter finally found his way back to the winner’s circle and became a millionaire in the process.
And too, nudged between these stakes races was an allowance race won by Clayton, one of the Queen’s Plate favourites last year. He hadn’t raced in a year, since finishing a well-beaten fifth in the Breeders Stakes last year. But he’s back and plucky, too, winning by a head over charging Lenny K. Both trained by Kevin Attard.