Palace Trying to End Career a Winner in $100,000 Gravesend Stakes
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Tue 22/12/2015 - 11:57 EST
On Saturday at Aqueduct, the featured race is the $100,000 Gravesend Stakes. A six furlong contest, the race has drawn a field of six colts and geldings.
Palace has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer Linda Rice. Bred in New York, the six-year-old son of City Zip will be making his final career start before retiring to stud. He has won twelve times and is a multiple graded stakes winner. He has one win from six starts this year and was last seen finishing second in the Fall Highweight Handicap (G2). Cornelio Velasquez will be aboard and they will break from post position three.
Green Gratto trying for second straight stakes win
Second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 is Green Gratto for trainer Gaston Grant who also is part owner of the horse. A five-year-old son of Here’s Zealous, he is a five-time winner and has been on the board in nine of his fifteen starts this year. He broke through and earned his first graded stakes victory last time out in the Fall Highweight Handicap (G2). Kendrick Carmouche will be in the irons from post position two.
Fabulous Kid continuing to improve
Also in the field at morning line odds of 7-2 is Fabulous Kid, one of two horses in the race for trainer David Jacobson. A four-year-old son of Congrats, he has been on the board in eleven of his nineteen starts and is a five-time winner. He made his first start against stakes competition and finished third in the Fall Highweight Handicap (G2). Manuel Franco will be aboard and they are scheduled to break from post five.
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.