Prince of Wales Stakes Picks and Race Preview
Category : News
Mon 25/07/2016 - 10:59 EDT
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.
Although he took seven starts to break his maiden, it could be said that Sir Dudley Digges never really ran a bad race prior to the Queen’s Plate, with seven finishes in the money from eight lifetime starts, and he was moving so well in the Plate Trial to get up for third, he looked like a horse sitting on a big race. Those who had faith scored at 16-1, but following the Plate win, he’s now 2-1 in the morning line for the Prince of Wales, a price that has the feel of an overlay and worth trying to beat.
Going into the Plate, Amis Gizmo (5-2) was seen as the one to beat, and his second-place finish when he was caught in the shadow of the wire shouldn’t take too much shine off of his ability. He made a strong middle-move to get past the speedy Shakhimat to take the lead at the mile marker, but he had to emerge from the pack to do so, and he should get an easier stalking trip here behind the likely pace of longshots Leo From Heaven (20-1) and perhaps Narrow Escape (30-1).
Although he was trying stakes company for the first time, Leavem In Malibu (5-1) garnered some interest from the betting public after consecutive open-length wins in his two previous starts. He has the talent to get into the mix here, but the question may be how he takes to the Fort Erie dirt, as all his previous efforts have been over the Woodbine tapeta surface.
OTB Ontario Picks
1) #4 Amis Gizmo
2) #8 Sir Dudley Digges
3) #1 Leavem In Malibu
4) #5 Leo From Heaven
The Prince of Wales Stakes from Fort Erie goes on Tuesday, July 26. Post tie is 7:38 PM Eastern.
Full Field and Morning Line Odds
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.
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.
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.