Plenty of Ways to Bet in $200,000 Eclipse Stakes
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Fri 27/05/2016 - 14:32 EDT
The $200,000, Grade 2 Eclipse Stakes May 28 at Woodbine features just six runners, but the mile and one sixteenth event certainly isn't lacking in quality.
2/1 morning line favorite Are You Kidding Me found a tough spot in his 2016 debut, finishing eighth in the Maker’s Mark Mile April 15 at Keeneland. The Roger Attfield trainee should be ready to give a much better account of himself back at Woodbine where the six year-old son of Run Away and Hide is a multiple graded stakes winner. Are You Kidding Me capped his 2015 campaign with a vicotry in the Grade 2 Autumn Stakes November 8 at Woodbine and captured last year’s Eclipse Stakes to go with a victory in the Grade 2 Nijinsky Stakes. The veteran runner has 6 wins in 25 career starts for earnings over $663,000. Jockey Alan Garcia will ride with the pair set to break from post 5.
Melmich returns from layoff
3/1 second choice Melmich closed 2015 on a tear, winning an allowance race and the Grade 3 Valedictory Stakes. The Kevin Attard trainee hasn’t raced since November 29, but has followed lenghty layoffs before with winning efforts. With 9 wins in 20 starts, Melmich has proven he likes to win races and rarely finishes out of the money. Eurico da Silva gets the mount breaking from post 6.
Florida Won also making seasonal debut
Florida Won (9/2) is also making his seasonal debut after finishing eighth behind Are You Kiddding Me’s winning effort in the November 8 Autumn Stakes. The Mark Casse trainee has an abundance of natural speed and is a two-time grade 3 winner at Woodbine. If able to shake off the racing rust, he is a major player.
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.