Mixed Field For Grade II Arcadia Stakes
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Sat 01/02/2014 - 15:16 EST
The second of two graded-stakes races slated to go on Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park is the $200,000 Grade II Arcadia Stakes for horses four-years-old and up, running a flat mile on the turf. With the scratch of Peace and Justice, it’s expected nine will go to the gate. The field is a competitive mix that includes a pair of Argentine-breds, one from the UK and one from France. The lukewarm morning line favorite is one of the Argentina horses in the form of Winning Prize, listed at 3-1.
Argentine favorite seeking first US stake win
Trained by Neil Drysdale, Winning Prize was a Grade I winner in South America before shipping north and winning first time out at the allowance level. He then finished fourth in the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes, and followed that up with a third in the Grade II Citation Handicap. Second choice in the ML is the other Argentina runner, Suggestive Boy at 7-2. Running in the US since 2012, he won the Grade II Arcadia Stakes in early 2013 and followed that up by winning the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes, but has been away from the racetrack since.
Vagabond Shoes had good effort in Breeders’ Cup
A live long shot in the exotics could be the Florida-bred Procurement, who will break form the rail post and is listed at 12-1 in the ML. A four-year-old from Milwaukee Brew, he was just finishing out of the money in a string of graded-stakes races before running second in the Grade II Sir Beaufort Stakes in late December. At 5-1, Irish-bred Vagabond Shoes was first or second in three straight Grade I or II events before running fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at 27-1 in his last start.
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.