Miss Keller Rolls Late in E. P. Taylor
By Dick Downey
Miss Keller charged from near the back of the pack to win the Grade I E. P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine.
Under John Velazquez, the 5-year-old mare split horses to beat I'm A Dreamer by a head with 2-1 favorite Dream Peace a nose back in third. She was timed in 2:06.98 on a yielding turf course.
Bred in Ireland, Miss Keller is wwned by Three Chimneys Racing, Lordship Stud, and Clodagh McStay. Roger Attfield won the E. P. Taylor for the first time.
Miss Keller had not won a race in over a year and had lost seven straight races. Her odds were 11-1. She paid $25.30.
The winner, an Irish-bred, was tenth of 11 runners at the first three calls. After six furlongs, she was still almost 10 lengths off the pace, which was slow. The leader at that point, Mahbooba, had run the distance in 1:16.07. The mile went in 1:41.00.
Adventure Seeker finished fourth, followed by Sea of Heartbreak, Mahbooba, Laughing, Dyna Waltz, Mekong Melody, Strawberrydaiquiri, and Kinky Afro.
Miss Keller is owned by Three Chimneys Racing LLC, Lordship Stud and Clodagh McStay. She was bred by Hascombe and Valiant Studs. The bay mare is by Montjeu out of Ingozi, by Warning.