Ten Turf Sprinters Line Up for $100,000 Caress Stakes
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Fri 01/08/2014 - 12:05 EDT
On Friday at Saratoga, fillies and mares will take to the Mellon Turf Course in the 3rd running of the $100,000 Caress Stakes. The five and a half furlong sprint has drawn a field of ten.
The morning line favorite at 5-2 is Free as a Bird, a five-year-old chestnut daughter of Hard Spun trained by Ian Wilkes. Bred and owned by Elizabeth Valando, she will have regular rider Joel Rosario in the irons as she goes for her third straight victory. She has been first or second in all five starts this year and has won back to back stakes races sprinting on the turf at Belmont Park. She is scheduled to break from post position three.
Madame Giry a horse for the course
Breaking from the outside in the field of ten is Madame Giry, tabbed at 7-2 on the morning line for trainer Cam Gambolati. The five-year-old daughter of Castledale (IRE) is a Saratoga specialist and has won three of her four starts at the Spa. She was third in the Caress Stakes last year. Edgar Prado will be aboard and she goes for her second win of the year after delivering as the favorite in the Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream.
Jewel of a Cat looking for first win of the year
John Velazquez will team up with trainer Ben Perkins, Jr. with Jewel of a Cat, 8-1 on the morning line. The four-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir has won her only prior start at Saratoga, the Coronation Cup Stakes last year. She is winless from three starts this year and was last seen finishing fourth in a field of twelve at Monmouth Park. The multiple stakes winning filly will break from post position six.
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.