Another Time, a 5-year-old daughter of Munnings, looks to go one better in the Grade 2 $175,000 Nassau Stakes on July 24 at Woodbine.
Bred by Machmer Hall, owned by Hoolie Racing and trained by Barb Minshall, Another Time just missed taking last year’s running of the one-mile E.P. Taylor Turf Course event, finishing a neck behind Elizabeth Way for all the spoils.
The dark bay arrives at the Nassau off a strong two-length score at 7 ½-furlongs over the Toronto oval’s inner turf on June 12. Sent off as the 9-5 choice, Another Time was settled into second spot by jockey David Moran, before the duo assumed command at the stretch call and then easily held off their rivals.
The performance was even more impressive, offered Minshall, considering the Kentucky-bred had a rough beginning to her journey.
“She’s always been a nice filly,” said Minshall, who won back-to-back editions (1995-96) of the Nassau with Bold Ruritana. “I was expecting her to run well. She had been ready to run for quite a while before that. She was definitely ready to run. She gets over the turf very well and she does everything right. She actually stumbled a little bit coming out of the gate, so it was a really nice recovery and effort.”
Another Time launched her career on Oct. 21, 2018, at Woodbine, finishing third in a six-furlong main track race as the 7-5 choice. She broke her maiden one race later, doubling up in December to close out her rookie season.
In 2019, Another Time posted a third in the Gasparilla Stakes.
She returned to action with a winning effort at Tampa Bay in March 2020, and went on to contest four consecutive graded events – Grade 2 Nassau, Grade 3 Trillium, Grade 3 Seaway, and Grade 2 Canadian – ending her year with a 2-1-1 mark from seven appearances.
Sporting a lifetime mark of 5-1-3 from 14 starts, Another Time’s connections are looking to add a stakes victory to her stat sheet.
“She runs well off the layoff,” said Minshall. “She got injured in the last race (the Canadian) before the layoff and was off quite a while. I don’t think it was the (1 1/8-miles) distance of the race – she just wasn’t right after that race. I think she’s more than capable up to that distance and she’s really good right now, knock on wood. She doesn’t need to be on the lead. She can be close. If someone wants the lead, she can sit off it. She’s also the type of horse that’s more than willing to carry on in front. She gives the rider a lot of options on where to be and I think that makes her dangerous in that regard.”
Dangerous enough, hopes Minshall, to see her go one better than she did in last year’s Nassau.
“She almost had that race. I’m hoping she can get that graded stakes win on her résumé. It would be nice for the long-term plan for her.”
Eight horses have won the Nassau twice, including Eternal Search (1982-83). Augustin Stable took a division of the 1985 edition with Annie Edge, who won the Grade 2 New York Handicap one year earlier.