$100,000 Long Branch Serves as Grade 1 Haskell Prep
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Fri 10/07/2015 - 19:30 EDT
7/5 morning line favorite, Stanford will break from post three after losing as the heavy favorite in the Easy Goer Stakes June 6 at Belmont. Prior to that effort, the Todd Pletcher-trainee was narrowly defeated in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby March 28 at Fair Grounds, and was expected to make his next start in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby before being scratched with a minor injury a day before the race. Stanford, a winner of 2 of 6 career starts will be ridden by Joe Bravo.
Classy colt deserves respect
Super Colossal (8/5) will vie for post-time favoritism with Stanford, after finishing second in the June 14 Select Stakes at Monmouth – just the second non-winning effort of the colt’s six-race career. The Edward Plesa-trainee was racing for the first time in four months after missing time following his win in the February 7 Texas Glitter Stakes at Gulfstream. Super Colossal ‘s only other defeat was a seventh-place effort in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after winning the Sapling and Tyro Stakes at a two-year old at Monmouth.
Gorgeous Bird looks to regain form
Gorgeous Bird will try to regain form after three consecutive off-the-board finishes in the Grade 2 Fountain of youth, Grade 1 Bluegrass, and an allowance race. Trained by Ian Wilkes, Gorgeous Bird has 2 wins in 6 starts.
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.