$100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes Draws Field of Eight
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Fri 24/04/2015 - 09:59 EDT
Topping the competitive field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 is Big John B for trainer Philip D’Amato. A six-year-old son of Hard Spun, he is an eleven-time winner and earned the biggest victory of his career last summer in the Del Mar Handicap (G2). He has been on the shelf since finishing ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) and has been training steadily. Mike Smith will be aboard and they are scheduled to break from the inside post.
Quick Casablanca(CHI) seeking a repeat effort
Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Quick Casablanca (CHI) for trainer Ron McAnally. A seven-year-old son of Until Sundown, he has been on the board in sixteen of his twenty starts and has four wins to his credit. He will be trying to defend his title in the Last Tycoon Stakes (G3) after winning the 2014 edition. He was eighth in his first start of the year off of a ten-month layoff and will have Gary Stevens in the irons from post seven.
Power Foot going for first graded stakes win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is Power Foot for trainer Neil Drysdale. A six-year-old gelded son of Powerscourt (GB), he is a four-time winner and will be trying to earn the first graded stakes victory of his career. After winning an allowance race in his first start of the year, he has been third against graded stakes competition in both subsequent starts. Rafael Bejarano will be aboard from post position two.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.