Six Rivals Set for Sheikh of Sheikhs in $100,000 Hutcheson Stakes
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Thu 31/12/2015 - 17:27 EST
On Saturday at Gulfstream Park, the stakes action will kick off with the $100,000 Hutcheson Stakes. A Grade 3 event for three-year-olds, the six-furlong contest has drawn a field of seven colts and geldings.
Wesley Ward will send out Sheikh of Sheikhs who has been installed as the heavy favorite at odds of 9-5 on the morning line. A bay son of Discreetly Mine, he was purchased for $330,000 as a juvenile and has two wins from three starts, including a stakes win. After winning his debut, he was sixth in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) but rebounded to win the Juvenile Dirt Sprint Stakes at Keeneland with a cut back in distance. Joel Rosario will be in the irons from the outside post.
Noholdingback Bear looking for first stakes win
Second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 is Noholdingback Bear for trainer Michael DePaulo. A bay son of Put it Back, he will be trying to earn the second victory of his career as well as his first black type win. He broke his maiden at first asking at Woodbine and followed that up with a runner-up effort behind Sheikh of Sheikhs in the Juvenile Dirt Sprint Stakes. Luis Saez will be aboard from post positon four.
Class test for maiden winner Awesome Banner
Also in the field at morning line odds of 7-2 is Awesome Banner for trainer Stanley Gold. A homebred son of Awesome of Course for Jacks or Better Farm, the Florida-bred will be making his stakes debut after breaking his maiden in his first start. He defeated seven rivals as the favorite and set a new track record for four and a half furlongs in the process. Jose Caraballo will be aboard 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.