Six Set to Compete in $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes
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Fri 05/12/2014 - 10:18 EST
On Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course, the track will host the $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes. Scheduled to be run at a mile and a sixteenth, the Grade 2 race has drawn a field of six fillies and mares.
Tiz Midnight has been made the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 and is trying to earn the first stakes victory of her career for trainer Bob Baffert. A four-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute, she was last seen finishing sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) and was second in the Zenyatta Stakes (G1) in her stakes debut. She has been on the board in seven of her eight starts and will have regular rider Victor Espinoza aboard from post position three.
Yahilwa going for third straight victory
Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is Yahilwa for trainer James Cassidy. A four-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, she made her stateside debut in January after competing primarily in Great Britain. Overall, she has won five times and won the Treasure Chest Stakes at Delta Downs last time out for her second consecutive victory. Mike Smith will remain aboard and they are scheduled to break from the rail.
Valiant Emilia (PER) trying to rebound after Breeders’ Cup
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Valiant Emilia (PER) for trainer Gary Mandella. An eleven-time winner in her native Peru, the five-year-old mare made her North American debut in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) and finished a distant eighth. She has been training steadily at Santa Anita since that race and will break from the outside post in the field of six under jockey Rafael Bejarano.
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.