Dimension Powers to Play the King Win
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Tue 27/08/2013 - 12:35 EDT
Showing an obvious like for Woodbine’s EP Taylor Turf course has probably earned Dimension a shot at 2012 American Horse of the Year, Wise Dan. On Sunday, Dimension captured the Grade II $200,000 Play the King Stakes at Woodbine, run at seven furlongs. A five-year-old UK bred, Dimension began his career across the pond, winning a couple of handicap events and placing in a few others. Coming to North America late last year, he struggled early, but now has a win and a second in two graded turf events at Woodbine.
Scores breakthrough victory for the 2013 season
Sent off as a 10-1 long shot, Dimension was hustled to the front early by jockey David Moran, where he was able to skim the rail in a three-horse duel with 24-1 Danger Bay, and 3-1 second choice Excaper. Under pressure form those two to the top of the stretch, Dimension slowly eased away and was set down through to the wire to win driving by 2 ½ lengths, with Excaper holding on for second and Riding the River a hard-charging third. It was Dimension’s fourth career win in 19 starts, and first of the 2013 season.
Race a prep for Ricoh Woodbine Mile next month
With the win, Dimension has earned a shot at the Grade I Ricoh Woodbine Mile on September 15, 2013, where he will likely be faced with the huge task of upsetting Wise Dan, the defending Ricoh champion. Unbeaten in the past calendar year, Wise Dan has won eight straight graded-stakes events, including the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Mile, and 13 of his last 15. He won last year’s Ricoh by 3 ½ lengths over a field that included Riding the River. The Woodbine Mile is a designated ‘Win and You’re In’ race to the 2013 BC Mile.
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.