Goldstryke Glory to Set Pace in Apelia
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Mon 30/09/2013 - 15:04 EDT
Three-year-old filly Goldstryke Glory will continue her quest to be named Canada’s top three-year-old female sprinter this Wednesday night when she goes to the post for the $100,000 Apelia Stakes for three-year-old and up fillies and mares going six furlongs on the Woodbine polytrack. After beginning her second season of racing at the bulring in Hastings Park, the BC-bred daughter of Second in Command shipped east to Ontario where she had started her career in 2012, winning her second time out. She then jumped up to stakes company, and finished second in the Glorious Song to end the season.
Coming into this one on a two-race win streak
On her return to Woodbine this past summer, she ran fourth in the Duchess Stakes – the only time she has failed to hit the board in eight lifetime starts – before reeling off two straight wins in a $70,000 allowance event, and following that up with a dominating 7 ½ length score in the Inglorious Stakes. As the 8-5 morning line choice in the Apelia, her biggest challenge is likely to come from Florida-bred Youcan’tcatchme ( 2-1). Youcan’tcatchme is two-for-two at Woodbine this year, including a victory in the Grade III Seaway Stakes last time out.
Nikki’s Smartypants could offer good longshot price
In the Seaway, Youcan’tcatchme finished ahead of Roxy Gap, who is here to take her on again in the Apelia at morning line odds of 3-1. Roxy Gap has a string of graded-stakes starts on her resume, and has been in the money 15-of-18 lifetime, although her last win came in July 2012 in the Royal North Stakes. Finishing third in the Seaway was Nikki’s Smartypants, and she’ll be in the gate Wednesday as well and starts with a tempting 8-1 on the ML. Rounding out the field are Acting Naughty (12-1), fourth in the Seaway and winner of the Sweet Briar Too Stakes earlier this year, and Sca Doodle, also 12-1.
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.