Several Top Finishers Meet in Grade 2 King Edward Stakes at Woodbine
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Sun 22/06/2014 - 11:10 EDT
Turf racing will take center stage on Sunday at Woodbine Racecourse in the $200,000 King Edward Stakes (G2), a mile contest on the grass for three-year-olds and upward. The race has attracted a loaded field of eight with several prominent stakes winners in the mix.
Topping the morning line at 2-1 is Excaper, a five-year-old gray son of Exchange Rate trained by Ian Black. The runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in 2011 has put together a respectable resume with a total of five wins from seventeen starts. He earned the first graded stakes win of his career in the Connaught Cup Stakes (G2) at Woodbine in May. Eurico Rosa Da Silva has been named to ride.
Globe-hopping challenger had G2 win last time out
Second choice at 5-2 is Utley for trainer Jonathan Shepphard. Edgar Prado will be aboard the six-year-old son of Smart Strike after guiding him to victory in the Dixiana Stakes (G2) at Pimlico in May. The world-traveling colt began is career in Europe, shipped to Churchill Downs for the 2010 Breeders’ Cup and competed the next year in England before winning his United States return at Gulfstream in 2012.
Breeders’ Cup placed Laugh Track looks for a turf win
Breaking from the outside in the field of eight is Laugh Track, the runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) last fall. Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Patrick Husbands, the five-year-old son of Distorted Humor is looking for his first win of the year. From four starts, he has two third-place finishes to his credit. He has been on the board in all three starts on the Woodbine turf but has yet to win on grass.
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.