Al’s Gal showed plenty of guts and tenacity to land the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes Presented by HPIBet at Woodbine tonight.
A good field of 12 fillies and mares lined up for this prestigious 1 ¼ mile contest.
From the gates Suffused was away fast, whole Nezwaah, drawn wide, veered right across to the inside rail.
Settling down though, it was Parvaneh who led from Al’s Gal and Best In The World, with Suffused also prominent.
Parvaneh continued to lead with Al’s Gal right on her shoulder and then Tuttipaesi on the outside closing as the field turned for home.
The front three raced almost in a line, with Al’s Gal hitting the front from Suffused and Barzani.
Inside the final furlong Al’s Gal and Suffused settled down to fight out the finish and in a close run race, the latter, under Florent Geroux, got the verdict, with Banzari third and then came Guapaza.
The European challenge floundered, with Swiss Range, Nezwaah Aim To Please and Best In The World all out of the money.