Broken Proposal, a two-year-old daughter of the late Broken Vow, goes for her first-added money crown in the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes, one of two features on Saturday’s 10-race card at Woodbine along with the Grade 3 $150,000 Hendrie Stakes.
Ten starters are slated to go postward in the 76th renewal of the Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile main track race for Canadian-bred two-year-old fillies.
Trained by Stuart Simon, Broken Proposal, a Sam-Son Farm homebred, finished second in her career bow on October 1 at Woodbine in a one-mile race over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course.
Sent on her way at 15-1, the bay, under Gary Boulanger, had a less-than-ideal journey.
Despite a tough beginning and a traffic-filled ending, Broken Proposal managed to finish second 1 ¾-lengths behind the winner.
If Simon was hoping for his young charge to gain some needed experience in her debut, she most certainly did.
“She had a trip where she doesn’t have a lot of speed, so I told Gary to just let her get her feet underneath her and get some experience of closing behind her horses,” said Simon. “And that’s just what she did. She hesitated a little bit in the stretch, but that happens on the turf. I like to see them save ground and it teaches them a little something.”
Broken Proposal came out of the race in good order and has been training forwardly ahead of her spot in the Princess Elizabeth starting gate.
“She came out of the race well. She’s one of those fillies where she was a little immature this summer, but each week now she just becomes a better filly. Mind and body, she’s putting it all together. I think her turf form will transfer to the main track. She’s worked well on the main track and I know she’ll really get the distance. She’ll run a long way, that filly. I think the two turns and the further distance will only help her.”
Should she win on Saturday, Broken Proposal would be the seventh Sam-Son silk bearer to have won the race that was inaugurated in 1946.
Sam-Son, who lead all owners with six Princess Elizabeth victories, won the 2000 edition with Dancethruthedawn. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee went on to win the 2001 Queen’s Plate and Woodbine Oaks, both with Boulanger aboard.
In 2018, Boulanger and Simon teamed with Bold Script to win the race. One year later, Simon won with Cool Shadows.
“It would be great to see Sam-Son get their seventh,” said Simon. “I have two, so I’m looking forward to going for the hat trick.”
Mark Casse has four chances to win. The dual Hall of Fame trainer is represented by Baksheesh, a daughter of Summer Front, who won the Muskoka Stakes in August, Lois Len, a stakes-placed daughter of Hunters Bay, Gary Barber homebred Into Touring, who will make her Canadian debut on Saturday, and Mo Touring, another Barber homebred, who will contest her third consecutive stakes event.
Princess Elizabeth-winning fillies Nipissing (2012), Roan Inish (2009), Ginger Gold (2001), Dancethruthedawn (2000), Deputy Jane West (1992) and Par Excellence (1979) all went on to win the Woodbine Oaks presented by Budweiser the following year. Ginger Gold holds the race record (1:43.48) at the current distance of 1 1/16 miles.
The Grade 3 Hendrie has drawn six hopefuls, including Amalfi Coast. The five-year-old daughter of Tapizar arrives at the 6 ½-furlong race off a score in the Grade 3 Ontario Fashion Stakes on Oct. 3. Trained by Kevin Attard, the Terra Racing Stable homebred is 7-2-4 from 18 career starts. Attard is also represented by Toffen, a four-year-old daughter of Cairo Prince, who is 5-1-0 from nine starts.