Daredevil Tops Field for $1 Million Wood Memorial
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Fri 03/04/2015 - 15:01 EDT
Daredevil tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 9-5 for trainer Todd Pletcher. A chestnut son of More Than Ready purchased for $260,000 as a yearling, he has won two of his four starts and took the Champagne (G1) as a juvenile before finishing eleventh and last in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). He was second in his first start of the year, the Swale (G2), in March at Gulfstream Park. Javier Castellano will remain aboard and they will break from post position six.
Frosted seeking to rebound and remain a Derby contender
Kiaran McLaughlin will saddle Frosted as the second choice at 5-2 on the morning line. A gray son of Tapit, he has been on the board in five of his six starts and is trying to rebound after finishing fourth in the Fountain of Youth (G2) last time out. With only a maiden win to his credit, he is trying to earn the first stakes win of his career and will get a jockey change to Joel Rosario from post position four.
Hard-knocking El Kabeir a formidable threat
Also in the field is El Kabeir at morning line odds of 3-1 for trainer John Terranova, II. Purchased for $250,000 by Zayat Stables, the gray son of Scat Daddy has won four of his eight starts and is a multiple graded stakes winner. He was last seen winning the Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct as the favorite when he overcame a slow start. Chuck Lopez will be back aboard and they will break from post five.
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.