$75,000 Orleans Stakes Caps Jackpot Day Action at Delta
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Fri 21/11/2014 - 12:48 EST
The $75,000 Orleans for three year-old fillies is the eighth and final stakes race on the Delta Downs Jackpot card November 22, as a field of eight is set to contest the seven furlong event.
Churchill Downs shipper Bridaria will break from the rail as the 3/2 morning line favorite for trainer William Brett Calhoun. After being away from the races for over a year, Bridaria returned in October to break her maiden at Remington Park before winning an allowance race at Churchill November 6. All three of Bridaria’s starts have come at the six furlong distance, as the daughter of Harlan’s Holiday will be racing around two turns for the first time. She will likely need to avoid a speed duel with Gumara (6/1).
Gumara should be on the engine
Florida shipper, Gumara, will also try two turns for the first time after sprinting at Calder and Gulfstream Park West in each of her first four career starts. The daughter of Point Determined won her first two races and finished second October 16 in a $75,000 optional claiming event after a five a half month layoff. The only subpar race of her career was the $65 K Leave Me Alone Stakes where she likely suffered the physical set-back that prompted the layoff. Gumara should be forwardly placed breaking from post number two.
Honeycomb Allie steps up in class
Honeycomb Allie (8/1) could be a live long-shot for trainer Al Stall after winning a $20,000 claiming race October 23 at Delta. Honeycomb Allie is a proven router and appears ready to handle the jump in class with wins in her last two starts.
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.