Talented Cast Assembles for Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes
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Fri 23/01/2015 - 13:43 EST
The Grade 3 $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes for three year-old colts is the first race of an all-stakes pick 5 January 24 at Gulfstream Park.
The field of eight is led by 9/5 favorite Barbados, who recorded an impressive victory in his last start winning the Spectacular Bid by three easy lengths. The seven furlong Hutcheson will mark Barbados’ first start beyond six and a half furlongs. The Michael Tomlinson trainee has recorded two wins in four career starts for earnings of $113,650. Barbados draws post number seven – an ideal position to employ the same stalk and pounce trip he used in winning the Spectacular Bid.
Bluegrass Singer could also run in Holy Bull
Bluegrass Singer (4/1) is cross-entered in the featured Holy Bull Stakes two races after the Hutcheson, and will be a major factor in either spot for trainer Marcus Vitali. The son of Bluegrass Cat has won back to back one mile races at Gulfstream including the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man in his last start. Bluegrass Singer has only raced around two turns once in his career resulting in a second place finish October 22 at Gulfstream West. While the speedy colt would seem better-suited for the Hutcheson rather than the two-turn mile and one sixteenth Holy Bull, he would almost surely find a more comfortable pace in the later.
Illinois shipper could be live
Dom the Bomb (6/1) won back to back Illinois-bred stakes races at Hawthorne sprinting and routing. The Larry Rivelli trainee will face much better competition in the Hutcheson, but appears ready for the class hike.
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.