Simulcast Stakes from Gulfstream Park
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Fri 27/12/2013 - 15:20 EST
The thoroughbred racing season is over in southern Ontario, but OTB patrons will be looking south for simulcast wagering on Saturday for the $100,000 Grade III Mr. Prospector Stakes from Gulfstream park in Florida. Going six furlongs over the dirt, the race has drawn a competitive field of eight horses three-years-old and up, with the lowest morning line odds at 5-2 on the five-year-old state bred Star Harbor. Second choice in the field at 3-1 is another Florida-bred in the form of six-year-old Black Diamond Cat, who will carry co-high weight of 122 pounds.
Favorite has been on good form lately
Although running in the high claiming ranks just three starts back at Saratoga, a race that he won by 12 lengths over just 6 1/2 furlongs, Star Harbor has since appeared in two consecutive stakes, finishing third in the Duck Dance at Belmont after leading late, and then bouncing back with a win in the Sunshine State, a race restricted to state-breds at Gulfstream. Black Diamond Cat, meanwhile, will run for the 52nd time, still seeking his first graded-stakes result, although he has won two of his last three in minor stakes at Gulfstream.
Singanothersong could strike the right note
With some vulnerability in the top two, there could be some good value to be had on exotic tickets. At 8-1 in the morning line, Singanothersong has two wins and has been in the money in five of six on the year, hitting the board in 11 of 13 lifetime. Earlier this year he just missed in the Grade III Swale Stakes, finishing second at 50-1 less than two lengths back of multiple graded-stakes winner Clearly Now. At 4-1, Apriority hasn’t had much stakes success the past couple of years, but did win this race in 2011.
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.