Lea Taking On Ten Rivals in $1 Million Woodbine Mile
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Sat 12/09/2015 - 17:24 EDT
On Sunday at Woodbine, the featured race is the $1 million Woodbine Mile. A Grade 1 event contested at one mile on the turf, the winner of the race automatically qualifies for the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1).
Lea headlines the field of eleven as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Bill Mott. A five-year-old son of First Samurai, he is a graded stakes winner on both turf and dirt and has won a total of seven of his seventeen career starts. He has one win from five starts this year and will be switching back to turf after competing primarily on dirt in his recent starts. He was sixth last time out in the Whitney Stakes (G1) and will have Joel Rosario aboard from post ten.
Obviously (IRE) returning off of a layoff
Second choice at odds of 3-1 on the morning line is Obviously (IRE) for trainer Phil D’Amato. A seven-year-old gelded son of Choisir (AUS), he has won half of his 22 starts and will be making his first start since finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) in November. He has been training forwardly for his return to the races and is scheduled to break from the rail under jockey Joe Talamo.
Za Approval trying to return to form
Also in the field and a long shot at odds of 20-1 is Za Approval for trainer Mark Casse. Bred and owned by Live Oak Plantation, the seven-year-old gelded son of Ghostzapper is a multiple graded stakes winner and is trying to earn his first victory since winning a minor stakes race last September. He was second in an optional claiming race last time out and will have David Moran aboard from post four.
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.