TORONTO, ON – Apogee Bloodstock and Mike Anderson Racing’s Abscond fought tooth and nail with Walk In Marrakesh in the stretch before escaping defeat by the narrowest of margins in Sunday’s $250,000 Natalma Stakes (G1) at Woodbine.
The Natalma is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event, with Abscond receiving an automatic berth in the Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita Park this November.
Breaking from the far outside post 8 at 9/1 odds under Irad Ortiz, Jr., Abscond rushed up to challenge the rail-breaking Walk In Marrakesh for the lead. The two fillies raced heads apart through opening fractions of :23.99 and :48.24 while the rest of the field ran within striking distance down the back and through the far turn.
Near the top of the stretch, the stalking 3/5 favorite Fair Maiden wheeled out and commenced a challenge. The three-wide wall of fillies kicked away from the rest of the field, with none refusing to yield.
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