$300,000 Grade 2 Fritchie Handicap Full of Runners
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Fri 13/02/2015 - 12:34 EST
The $300,000 Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap features an ultra-competitive field of eleven fillies and mares set to contest the seven furlong event on the main track February 14 at Laurel Park.
California invader Sam’s Sister is the 5/2 morning line favorite for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer after winning the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes and Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes in succession at Santa Anita in her last two starts. The four year-old daughter of Brother Derek has won five of six career starts for earnings of $427,450. Sam’s Sister’s lone blemish came on the Polytrack where she finished eighth in a November 21 allowance race at Del Mar. Jockey Elvis Trujillo gets the call breaking from post ten.
Princess Violet a model of consistency
Second choice Princess Violet (3/1) draws the rail for trainer Michael Hushion. The four year-old daughter of Officer ran second in her last start – the Grade 3 Go for Wand Handicap, and also finished second in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes in June at Belmont. Princess Violet has finished out of the exacta just once in her career – a seventh place effort in the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga. Jose Ortiz will be aboard the classy filly in the Fritchie.
A Horse for course
Lady Sebelia (7/2) has a home turf advantage over the top two choices having raced predominantly at Laurel over her 13 race career. The Robin Graham trainee is a seven-time winner, including five victories at Laurel Park. Lady Sebelia enters the Fritchie on a three-race winning streak with two of those coming against minor stakes company at Laurel.
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.