Debutante, Vandal on Tap at Woodbine
Category : News
Mon 05/08/2013 - 14:08 EDT
A pair of six-furlong stakes races for juveniles will feature this weekend at Woodbine, with the $125,000 Ontario Debutante on Saturday, and the $150,000 Vandal Stakes on Sunday. While the Debutante is an open race, the Vandal is restricted to Ontario breds. Of the two races, the Vandal has the more storied history and has featured some superstars of Canadian racing, including Kentucky Derby winner Northern Dancer, as well as Wando, the last horse to win the Canadian Triple Crown.
Conquest Whiplash looks to keep perfect record
Six fillies will go to the gate for the Debutante, and off her convincing maiden victory over the boys in the five-furlong Victoria Stakes in early June, Conquest Whiplash has been made the 6-5 morning line favorite. Bumped at the start of the Victoria, Conquest Whiplash still made the early lead, was never threatened and cruised to a 2 ¾-length win. It’s expected her strongest challenge will come from Skylander Girl, who also has a stakes win to her credit, having claimed the My Dear Stakes as an 11-1 longshot. She’s 7-2 in the Debutante morning line.
Go Greeley chasing second stakes score
Meanwhile in the Vandal, it looks like Go Greeley will be the one to beat. After breaking his maiden by more than three lengths with in mid-May, Go Greeley ran second next time out in the Clarendon Stakes and followed that by winning the Colin Stakes. Finishing third in the Clarendon was Maritime Pulpit, who will meet Go Greeley again in the Vandal. Two horses in the field – Iron Wolf and Figy’s Mobil Pride – are looking to go two-for-two in their racing careers, while three others – Platinum Glory, Man O’Bear and Matador – will be making their first career start.
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