El Kabeir Taking on Six Rivals in $250,000 Withers Stakes
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Fri 06/02/2015 - 09:46 EST
On Saturday at Aqueduct, the featured race will showcase some potential Kentucky Derby hopefuls in the $250,000 Withers Stakes. The Grade 3 race, contested at a mile and a sixteenth, has drawn a field of seven colts and geldings.
El Kabeir headlines the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 8-5 for trainer John Terranova. Purchased for $250,000 as a yearling by Zayat Stables, the gray son of Scat Daddy has won three of his six career starts and enters this race off of back-to-back graded stakes victories. He was last seen winning the Jerome (G3) at Aqueduct as the favorite in his sophomore debut. Chuck Lopez will be back aboard and they will break from the outside post.
Classy Class making sophomore debut
Second choice at 2-1 on the morning line is Classy Class for the loaded Kiaran McLaughlin barn. A bay son of Discreetly Mine, he was purchased for $250,000 as a juvenile and broke his maiden at first asking at Belmont in October. He was fourth in the Remsen (G2) in his only start against winners and has been on the shelf since then. He has been training steadily and will break from the rail under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.
General Bellamy trying to step up against stakes company
Also in the field at morning line odds of 15-1 is General Bellamy for trainer Bill Mott. A dark bay son of Bellamy Road, the colt broke his maiden in his third career start in a front-running effort in November at Aqueduct. He made his stakes debut last time out and finished third behind El Kabeir in the Jerome (G3) despite an awkward start. He will race with Lasix for the first time and will have Junior Alvarado back aboard from post six.
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.