$250,000 Empire Distaff Features Vulnerable Favorite
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Fri 17/10/2014 - 22:54 EDT
The inaugural running of the $250,000 Empire Distaff looks to be a lively betting affair with ten fillies and mares signed on to contest the mile and a sixteenth race on the main track at Belmont Park October 18.
Michael Hushion trains the 5/2 morning line favorite in Princess Violet who exits a sharp allowance score sprinting at Belmont Park on October 5. Princess Violet looks plenty fast enough, but the route distance remains a question mark for the three year-old daughter of Officer who has raced beyond six and a half furlongs just once in her career, running a distant second in the grade 1 Mother Goose behind superstar Untapable. Princess Violet did beat her elders in her last start, but can she do so again while facing better horses at a distance seemingly beyond her comfort zone? Many handicappers will take a skeptical view of Princess Violet at less than generous odds.
Carameaway simply too sharp to ignore
Carameaway and Dreaming of Cara (7/2) will race as a coupled entry for trainer Mitchell Friedman and owner Richard Greeley. Carameaway appears to be the stronger of the two horses and has found her best form lately winning the Saratoga Dew Stakes and an allowance race at Belmont in her last two starts earning Beyer Speed Figures of 82 and 88 respectively. Carameaway also posted a bullet work – the fastest of 67 runners – October 13 at Belmont in preparation for this start.
Speed could hold up late
Carameaway should be able to sit behind Princess Violet and engage that runner in the stretch in what could be a race without any viable closers to consider.
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.