Heart to Heart A Deserving Favorite in Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf
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Thu 13/11/2014 - 23:08 EST
The Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf features a field of 13 three year-old colts set to go a mile and a sixteenth on the turf Saturday, November 15 at Churchill Downs in the first of two ultra-competitive graded stakes events – both part of the late pick four sequence.
Heart to Heart is the 8/5 morning line favorite after dominating the Better Talk Now Stakes and Grade 3 Jefferson Cup in his last two starts. The front-running son of English Channel won by three lengths in the Better Talk Now at Saratoga and four lengths in the Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs without a serious challenge at any point in either race. The Brian Lynch trainee has excelled on turf with three wins in four lifetime starts despite an overall record sullied by a one for seven record on synthetic surfaces. Under the patient hands of Julien Leaparoux, Heart to Heart might simply prove too fast for this field.
Highball will be rolling late
If Other Cheek (12/1) challenges Heart to Heart early, things could get interesting in a field with several capable closers. Highball (10/1) has shown a consistent late turn of foot and still has plenty of room to improve in start number six for trainer Wayne Catalano. Highball was an impressive winner last out at Kentucky Downs against high-priced allowance foes.
Bashart can find comfortable trip
Bashart (6/1) will have to overcome the 13th post position, but has shown good tactical speed in his last three starts – all in graded stakes company. The Michael Matz trainee will be turning back in distance after racing at a mile and an eighth in his last two starts.
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.