Speedy Purely Hot Goes For Second Woodbine Stakes Win
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Fri 23/05/2014 - 11:41 EDT
Maryland-bred Purely Hot, who almost scored a massive upset over superstar Groupie Doll last year, leads the field for the Grade III Hendrie Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday.
In what is shaping up to be a highly competitive race, Maryland-bred Purely Hot has been made the morning line 2-1 favorite for Saturday’s feature at Woodbine, the $150,000 Grade III Hendrie Stakes. Run at 6 1/2 furlongs on the all-weather track, the race is open to fillies and mares aged four and up. The race has drawn a field of eight, including four Ontario-breds, a group that includes Grade I winner and 2013 Queen’s Plate contender Spring in the Air (4-1), who will be seeking her first win in six Woodbine starts dating back to last June.
Purely Hot faces some familiar rivals
The six-year-old Purely Hot, meanwhile, will be going for her second straight Woodbine win after claiming the Grade III Whimsical Stakes in late April. A daughter of Pure Prize, Purely Hot did the bulk of her running in 2013 at Presque Isle Downs, where she had reeled off four straight wins before being narrowly defeated by two-time Eclipse Award winner Groupie Doll in the Grade II Presque Isle Downs Master Series. Out of the money in her next four starts, she scored a decisive win in the Whimsical over Spring in the Air and Mekong Delta, also in the Hendrie field at 15-1.
Part the Seas may be in line for another upset
Second choice in the ML at 3-1 is another US invader in the form of the Illinois-bred My Option. After picking up her fourth lifetime win in the Grade III Arlington Oaks last July, she’s run third three times in her last four starts, two of those in graded-stakes. Of the longer shots, homebred Part the Seas (6-1) will be making her first start since winning the Grade II Bessarabian Stakes at Woodbine last December at odds of 14-1, a race in which Mekong Delta ran second and Purely Hot was fourth.
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.