Good Field Set to Run Buena Vista Stakes
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Mon 17/02/2014 - 16:29 EST
The highlight of the special simulcast holiday card on Monday afternoon from Santa Anita is the $200,000 Grade II Buena Vista Stakes for fillies and mares four-years-old and up racing a flat mile on the turf. In what is shaping up to be a very competitive event, 10 are expected to go to the gate, including the lukewarm 5-2 ML favorite, the Florida-bred Egg Drop. A winner of three straight graded-stakes events, she comes into this after fighting back to get the nose win in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park in early December.
Egg Drop facing toughest test in awhile
Prior to that, Egg Drop had scored a head win in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes at Santa Anita, as well as a head win in the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar. This may be the toughest field she has faced in awhile, however, as it features a number of graded-stakes winners. Second choice in the morning line at 3-1 is Pontchatrain, also a winner of three straight including the Grade III Senator Ken Maddy Stakes and last time out the Grade II Monrovia, both on the Santa Anita turf.
A couple others with upset possibility
Also in the field and listed as third ML choice at 4-1 is Bill Mott’s Tapicat, who dominated the Voodoo Dancer Stakes at Gulfstream in her last race, but who otherwise has been unable to find the winner’s circle in graded-stakes company since winning the Grade III Florida Oaks a year ago. An interesting long shot is Miss Serendipity (6-1), a Group 1 winner in Argentina who will make her second stateside start, having run into traffic trouble late and finishing fourth in her Santa Anita debut last month.
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.