$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.
Mighty Heart will attempt to become the first Canadian Triple Crown winner since Wando in 2003 when he runs in the Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine on October 24. The 1 1/2-mile race drew a field of 12.
Six group 1 races top a brilliant card at Longchamp in Paris, France on Sunday, October 4, headed of course by the 2020 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The great mare Enable is seeking to win her third Arc, a feat which has never been accomplished, after she ran second last year.
Free expert picks for the 2020 Woodbine Mile at Woodbine Racetrack on September 19. Preakness winner War of Will takes on unbeaten Shirl’s Speight in the one-mile turf race worth $1 million.
The 161st Queen’s Plate will be run September 12, 2020, after originally being scheduled for June. Clayton and Curlin’s Voyage are the favorites in a 14-horse field set to go 1 1/4 miles for $1 million.