No Nay Never Headlines $150,000 Woodford Field at Keeneland
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Thu 02/10/2014 - 14:13 EDT
On Saturday at Keeneland, a field of eleven turf sprinters will compete in the $150,000 Woodford Stakes. Run at six and a half furlongs on the turf, the Grade 3 race will kick off the star-studded day of five graded stakes races on the card.
Topping the field at odds of 3-1 on the morning line is No Nay Never, a sophomore son of Scat Daddy trained by Wesley Ward. After breaking his maiden on Keeneland’s then-synthetic main track last year, the globe-trotting colt won the Norfolk (G2) in Great Britain and the Darley Prix Morny (G1) in France. He returned stateside to finish second in the Swale (G2) in March and has been on the shelf since. Mike Smith will be aboard for the first time and they will break from post nine.
Spring to the Sky training sharply since last race
Second choice at odds of 7-2 is Spring to the Sky who will break from the outside post under John Velazquez. Trained by Bruce Brown, the five-year-old son of Langfuhr is going for his fourth consecutive victory. In 2013, the dark bay horse was third in the Woodford and used the race as a stepping stone to compete in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Since his last win, he has had a bullet workout at Belmont Park.
Positive Side a horse for the course at Keeneland
Also in the field at odds of 12-1 is longshot Positive Side for trainer Grand Forster. Reunited with regular rider Leandro Goncalves, the six-year-old gelding will break from post position five. He is winless from six starts this year and was last seen finishing sixth against optional claiming competition at Arlington Park. He has been on the board in four of his six starts on the Keeneland turf course.
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.