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Shenandoah Lady looks to deliver first graded win to trainer

  • Spring Venture (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)

Shenandoah Lady (Purim), set to tackle 1 1/16 miles in Saturday's Grade 3, C$200,000 Mazarine Stakes at Woodbine, will look to deliver trainer Steve Attard his first graded stakes score.

The dark bay juvenile miss ventures into the Mazarine off a sixth-place finish, albeit just three lengths behind the winner, in the Grade 2 Natalma, contested over a yielding E.P. Taylor Turf Course on September 15. Ahead by a half-length at the stretch call, Shenandoah Lady, at 80-1, was passed late in the one-mile feature.

"There was no way I thought she should have been 80-1," said Attard, who has 373 career wins, including nine stakes victories, as of October 2. "I didn't expect her to show that speed, but I did expect her to show that fight to the finish. Turning for home, (jockey) Eurico (Rosa da Silva) said he had a lot of horse left. I thought for a moment she could hang on. I was pleased with how hard she fought."

Attard was equally pleased with Shenandoah Lady's career bow on July 27, a race that was originally slated for turf, but was moved to the main track.

"She got off a little slow, which we figured might happen," Attard recalled of the six-furlong race that produced a third-place finish. "I feel like we've had the one-hole more than anyone this year. But despite the slow start, she ran well. I certainly didn't think she'd go off at 57-1."

Next time out, however, the odds, literally, were in her favor. Shenandoah Lady was the 2-5 choice and lived up to her favoritism courtesy of a 3 3/4-length win over seven furlongs on the Polytrack.

"I did a 'no-no,'" Attard offered of the August 12 race. "I rushed her back and I don't like doing that. We just wanted to get a race into her before the Natalma and she was excellent."

Spring Venture (Spring at Last), who took the Natalma and is expected to contest the upcoming Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, has the outside post eight in the Mazarine.