$150,000 Marshua’s River Stakes Draws Field of Nine
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Fri 09/01/2015 - 18:26 EST
The stakes action on Saturday at Gulfstream Park continues with the 17th edition of the $150,000 Marshua’s River Stakes. The Grade 3 race will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf and has drawn a field of nine fillies and mares.
Parranda will be making her first start for trainer Christophe Clement and has been tabbed as the favorite at odds of 8-5 on the morning line. A six-year-old daughter of English Channel, the chestnut mare will be making her first start since finishing sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1). She has ten career victories, six of which have come over the Gulfstream Park turf course. John Velazquez will be aboard from post position three.
Stateside debut for Summer Moon (FR)
Second choice at 7-2 on the morning line is Summer Moon (FR) who will be making her North American debut for trainer Chad Brown. A four-year-old daughter of Elusive City, she won three of her seven career starts in her native France. She has been training steadily stateside and has recorded several bullet workouts. Julian Leparoux has picked up the mount and they are scheduled to break from post position seven.
Candy Kitty returning off of a layoff
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Candy Kitty for trainer Todd Pletcher. Purchased for $185,000 as a yearling, the four-year-old daughter of Lemon Drop Kid is trying to earn her first graded stakes victory. She has won three of her ten starts and was last seen finishing eighth in the Edgewood at Churchill Downs in May. Edgar Prado will be back aboard and they will break from post position five for her first start off of the bench.
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.