English Channel's Last Call Upsets the Natalma

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Last Call | WEG/Michael Burns

X-Men Racing 2 LLC and SF Racing's Last Call (English Channel) broke her maiden in style with a 21-1 upset in the GI Natalma S. at Woodbine, a “Win and You're In” for the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in November at Keeneland.

Second on debut at this venue July 23, Last Call was fourth last out going seven panels over this course Aug. 20. Dismissed by the bettors while shedding blinkers here, the $30,000 KEESEP acquisition was unhurried early, racing in second last off the rail as Star Candy (Candy Ride {Arg}) dictated terms, clocking early splits of :24.27 and :49.02. Advancing rapidly up the outside approaching the bend, Last Call was four wide at the top of the lane and hit the front halfway home, holding off favored Cairo Consort (Cairo Prince) to score by a length. G Laurie (Oscar Performance) filled the show spot.

“We put the blinkers on early because she just wasn't showing a whole lot in the beginning and then the lightbulb kind of kicked in and she just started working more impressive each time,” said winning trainer Kevin Attard. “And we were obviously a little disappointed in her last start, but we thought she was a little rank, she wouldn't relax and settle so we've taken the blinkers off. I think just now with a couple races of experience under her belt and obviously her pedigree leans to more distance she put it all together today.”

Pedigree Notes:

Last Call is the 13th Grade I winner, 34th graded winner and 65th black-type scorer for her late sire English Channel. The winner's dam Over Served is a half to GSW Yearly Tour (Half a Year) and MGSW Victor Avenue (Avenue of Flags). The 16-year-old mare did not have a foal in 2021, but had an English Channel colt this year and was bred back to Unified.

Saturday, Woodbine
JOHNNIE WALKER NATALMA S.-GI, C$508,000, Woodbine, 9-17, 2yo, f, 1mT, 1:36.49, fm.
1–LAST CALL, 121, f, 2, by English Channel
                1st Dam: Over Served, by Black Minnaloushe
                2nd Dam: Victorian Village, by L'Emigrant
                3rd Dam: Sir Ivor's Sorrow, by Sir Ivor
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN,
1ST GRADE I WIN. ($30,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP). O-X-Men Racing 2
LLC & SF Racing LLC; B-English Channel Co-Owners & Jodi
Cantwell (KY); T-Kevin Attard; J-Rafael Manuel Hernandez.
C$300,000. Lifetime Record: 3-1-1-0, $240,659.
*Full to English Tavern, MSP, $203,245. Werk Nick Rating: B.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Click for the
free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Cairo Consort, 121, f, 2, by Cairo Prince
                1st Dam: Absolutely Awesome, by Street Cry (Ire)
                2nd Dam: Discreetly Awesome, by Awesome Again
                3rd Dam: Pretty Discreet, by Private Account
1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE, 1ST G1 BLACK TYPE. ($37,000 RNA
Wlg '20 FTKNOV; $95,000 Ylg '21 FTKOCT). O-William B.
Thompson, Jr.; B-Frankfort Park Farm (KY); T-Nathan Squires.
C$100,000.
3–G Laurie, 121, f, 2, by Oscar Performance
                1st Dam: Lovely Island (SP), by Arch
                2nd Dam: Lovely Isle, by Double Honor
                3rd Dam: Eleven Islands, by Island Whirl
1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE, 1ST G1 BLACK
TYPE. ($80,000 Ylg '21 FTSAUG). O-Madaket Stables LLC;
B-Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey (KY); T-H. Graham Motion.
C$50,000.
Margins: 1, 3/4, 2. Odds: 21.15, 1.65, 3.20.
Also Ran: Wickenheiser, Adora, Collecting Flatter, Courtly Ro, Star Candy.
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