Full Field of Ten Set for $100,000 Suncoast Stakes
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Fri 30/01/2015 - 18:14 EST
The stakes action at Tampa Bay Downs will kick off on Saturday with the 35th running of the $100,000 Suncoast Stakes. Restricted to three-year-old fillies, the mile and forty yard contest will has drawn a full field of ten with one additional listed as also-eligible.
Irish Jasper has been installed as the morning line favorite at odds of 7-2 in the wide-open affair. Trained by Derek Ryan, she has won three of her four career starts and was last seen winning the Gasparilla Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. A bay daughter of First Defence, she will get Lasix for her sophomore debut and has had a recent bullet workout. Gabriel Saez will be aboard and they will break from the inside post.
Huasca gets a jockey change to Johnny V
Second choice on the morning line at odds of 4-1 is Huasca for trainer Efren Loza, Jr. A gray daughter of Tiz Wonderful owned and bred by St. George Stable, she is trying to earn the first stakes win of her career and has been on the board in two of her three starts. She was last seen finishing fifth against optional claiming competition at Gulfstream Park in her three-year-old debut. She will get a jockey change to John Velazquez and they will break from post two.
Innovative Idea trying to regain winning form
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Innovative Idea who will be carrying the royal blue colors of Godolphin Racing. Trained by Eoin Harty, the bay daughter of Bernardini broke her maiden at first asking over synthetics at Arlington in September. After a poor effort in the Alcibiades (G1), she came back to finish third in the Sandpiper Stakes and has been training steadily for her first start of the year. Antonio Gallardo will be 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.