Smartyfly Leads Fillies into the Carotene
Category : News
Thu 10/10/2013 - 12:53 EDT
Seven Ontario-bred fillies are entered on Saturday at Woodbine for the $150,000 Carotene Stakes, going 1 1/8 miles on the EP Taylor Turf course. Assigned co-high weight of 119 pounds for the race are the Scott Farlie-trained Professor’s Ride, and Smartyfly, out of the stable of Malcom Pierce, who has two entries in the event. All other fillies will carry 115 pounds. The Carotene will go as race 8 of 10 on the Woodbine Saturday afternoon card. Coming off a turf win in the 1 1/4 miles Wonder Where Stakes, Smartyfly has been made the 4-5 morning line favorite.
Favorite shows speed on the grass
Based on her most recent, it appears Smartyfly prefers to run on the grass, and shows best when she is able to get to the front. Without a lot of other early speed in the race she just might get her way, and with the cut back in distance is probably deserving of her favorite status. Another who will likely try to clear the field early is 10-1 Blessed One, who has only two starts to her name, but showed solid improvement last time out leading throughout to break her maiden at one mile after moving to turf.
Professor’s Ride looking for a stalking trip
Breaking inside of Smartyfly from the number 1 post will be Professor’s Ride (6-1), who also won last time out going one mile on the turf in the La Prevoyante Stakes, but who has had an erratic season to date, having hit the board in four of seven starts, but also being well beaten twice in middle-allowance company. The other Pierce runner, Dance Again (5-2), started her season in the States, and showed enough good results that she earned a spot in the Woodbine Oaks, finishing fifth, one spot behind Smartyfly. For her, the distance is the question.
With the Breeders’ Cup rapidly approaching at Santa Anita November 1 and 2, some of the future lines look too good to pass. This is particularly true with a wide-open Breeders’ Cup Classic field that seems to have oddsmakers perplexed.
With the 2019 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe looming Oct.7 at Longchamp, the entire racing world will be transfixed on Enable as the superstar filly will attempt yet another historic feat.
Representing the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, a field of 9 is set to break from the Woodbine starting gate at 5:42 ET Saturday, Aug.17 at Woodbine.
No one's won a Canadian Triple Crown in 16 years, can One Bad Boy finally break that dry spell? First, he'll need to deliver at the Prince of Wales Stakes. We have a complete betting guide to the upcoming race, including odds, tips, and picks!