Ready Dancer Taking on Five Rival Juveniles in $200,000 Futurity Stakes
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Thu 15/10/2015 - 17:24 EDT
On Saturday at Belmont Park, the track will host the $200,000 Futurity Stakes. Restricted to two-year-olds, the six-furlong contest is a Grade 2 event and has drawn a field of six colts.
Todd Pletcher will saddle Ready Dancer as the morning line favorite at 2-1 odds. A dark bay son of More Than Ready, he was purchased for $325,000 as a yearling and has been on the board in three of his four starts. He broke his maiden in his third career outing and is trying to rebound after finishing sixth in the Champagne Stakes (G1) last time out. John Velazquez will be aboard and they will break from post position four as he goes for his first stakes win.
Consistent Full Salute trying for second straight win
Second choice at morning line odds of 5-2 is Full Salute for trainer Edward Plesa, Jr. A chestnut son of Speightstown, the consistent colt has been on the board in all five starts and has two career victories. After breaking his maiden in his second start in July, he had two runner-up efforts against stakes company before having a breakthrough victory in the Hall of Fame Stakes last time out. Paco Lopez will be in the irons and they will break from the outside post.
Class test for six-figure Annual Report
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Annual Report for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Purchased for $600,000 in March, the bay son of Harlan’s Holiday will be stepping up to stakes competition for the first time after breaking his maiden in his career debut last time out. He delivered as the favorite by 5 ¼ lengths at Parx Racing over seven rivals. Joe Bravo will be back aboard and they will break from post position two.
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.