$600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes Draws Loaded Field of Seven
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Fri 31/07/2015 - 23:05 EDT
Frosted has been installed as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. A gray son of Tapit owned by Godolphin, he has won two of his nine starts and was last seen finishing second behind Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes (G1). In the spring, he won the Wood Memorial (G1) before finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Joel Rosario will be in the irons and they will break from the outside post.
Upstart training forwardly for his comeback race
Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Upstart for trainer Rick Violette. A dark bay son of Flatter, he will be making his first start since being eased in a last-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1). He has been on the board in seven of his eight starts and is a three-time winner. He clocked a recent bullet workout in preparation to his return to the races and will have Joe Bravo aboard from post position four.
Texas Red aiming for first win of the year
Also in the field at morning line odds 7-2 is Texas Red for trainer Keith Desormeaux. A bay son of Afleet Alex, he has won two of his seven starts and won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last fall. Last time out, he returned off of a five month layoff and finished second in the Dwyer Stakes(G2). Since that race, he has turned in a bullet workout at Saratoga and will have jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard from post three.
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.