Talented Field Makes For Great Betting in Corn Husker Handicap
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Fri 27/06/2014 - 08:45 EDT
The June 28 Corn Husker Handicap at Prairie Meadows features a field of eight hard-knocking veterans lined up to go a mile and an eighth on the main track in the $300,000 Grade III race for three year-olds and up.
The 2012 Travers Stakes winner Golden Ticket is the class of the field and the 3-1 morning line favorite. In his last two starts, the Kenny McPeek trainee chased winner Moonshine Mulllin in the Alysheeba Stakes and Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs finishing second and fifth respectively.
Pair of top contenders cutting back in distance
Other contenders include Ground Transport (4-1) who should appreciate the turn back in distance after most recently competing at 12 furlongs in the Brooklyn Stakes at Belmont. The Michael Stidham trainee figures to be the speed of the race along with Right to Vote (6-1) with Carve (7-2) sitting just behind those leaders. Carve, trained by Brad Cox, appears well-meant for the Cornhusker after fading in his last start in the mile and three-eighth Pimlico Special.
Possible spoiler coming in off two consecutive wins
The dark horse could be the “other” Kenny McPeek horse. Bellarmine (8-1) appears to be a horse improving. The son of Magna Graduate won allowance races in his last two starts at Keeneland and Churchill Downs. He is a versatile runner who can adapt to multiple pace scenarios. With jockey Alan Garcia in the irons, Bellarmine could employ an ideal stalking trip or make a middle move if the early fractions are soft.
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.