Data Link, the even-money favorite, was making his first start since winning the Citation Handicap (G2) at Hollywood Park, after shipping out West on Nov. 23.
The nation's leading jockey Javier Castellano had the task of riding Data Link, and he didn't disappoint.
Global Power took the early lead, followed by Joes Blazing Aaron and second-betting choice Howe Great.
After the half-mile, jockey John Velazquez urged Joes Blazing Aaron to take the lead and he did so just as they reached the three-quarter mile pole.
The field was compacting up front, and Castellano had Data Link in sixth place, just behind the pack after saving ground on the first turn.
As they turned for home, Joes Blazing Aaron had the lead by just over a length, but Data Link was on the clear, and Castellano was urging him confidently, just enough to catch a late tiring Joes Blazing Aaron and drawing clear to win in a hand-ride late by a length.
Beau Choix and third-betting choice, Za Approval, rallied from the back together to finish third and fourth with the early trailer, Empire Builder, rallying to finish fifth.
Canadian Turf Stakes—Grade 3
Distance: One Mile On The Turf
Track Condition: Firm
Winning Time: 1:33.01 Fractionals: 23.26, 46.98, 1:09.51
|Horse ||Jockey ||Win ||Place ||Show
|4 ||Data Link ||Javier Castellano ||4.20 ||2.80 ||2.40
|1 ||Joes Blazing Aaron ||John R. Velazquez || ||7.40 ||4.60
|2 ||Beau Choix ||Luis Saez || || ||4.20
Also ran: 10—Za Approval, 6—Empire Builder, 7—Global Power, 3—Howe Great, 5—Cash Rules, 8—Scatman, 9—Night Party|
Scratched horses: Gourmet Dinner (Main Track Only)|
Winning Breeder: Stuart S. Janney III, LLC|
Winning Owner: Stuart S. Janney III|
Winning Trainer: Claude R. McGaughey III|