Eight Fillies to Try Glorious Song Stakes
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Thu 21/11/2013 - 12:38 EST
The thoroughbred season is starting to wind down at Woodbine, but there are still few stakes races on the calendar yet to be run. One of those will go this Saturday afternoon, as eight are expected to go to the gate for the $125,000 Glorious Song Stakes, for two-year-old fillies fighting it out at 7 furlongs over the Polytrack. Three Ontario-breds will be lining up for the start, and on paper the race shapes up to be a battle between 2-1 morning line favorite Zensational Bunny and 5-2 Norquay, both of whom will go into their second lifetime starts having broken their maiden at first asking.
Favorites both sport strong pedigrees
Zensational Bunny made her debut in a 5 1/2 furlong MSW event in late September, and led the field gate-to-wire, widening to a three-length lead at the finish. She’s a Kentucky-bred sired by multiple Grade I stakes-winning Zensational, who finished fifth in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Norquay, meanwhile, only made her first appearance in late October, and came from off the pace to win a 7-furlong MSW race by 4 1/2 lengths. She’s a Pennsylvania-bred sired by Fairbanks, who won the Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup and ran tenth in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Executive Allure carries Ontario hopes
The homebred with the most likely chance is Executive Allure, the third ML choice at 4-1. After showing little as the well-beaten favorite in her first lifetime start, she turned things around in a big way by winning her second start, holding on in the stretch to capture the Fanfreluche Stakes by a neck. Another positive move forward could put her right in the thick of things here. The longest shot in the morning line at 20-1, Zubi Zubi Zu goes into her third career start with stakes experience, although she finished well back of the contenders in the Grade III Mazerine. She cuts back in distance for this.
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.