Three Year-Old Speedsters Battle in $200,000 Amsterdam
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Fri 31/07/2015 - 14:30 EDT
Holy Boss enters as the 5/2 morning line favorite for trainer Steve Asmussen after an impressive victory in his last start, winning the Chick Lang Stakes May 16 on the Preakness undercard. The son of Street Boss drew away by two lengths against a solid field to earn his third consecutive victory and fourth in seven career starts. Since that effort, Holy Boss has been freshened and indicated his race readiness with a bullet five-furlong move from the gate July 21 at Saratoga, covering the distance in 59.01 seconds. Jockey Ricardo Santana retains the mount after picking up the win in the Chick Lang; the pair will break from post 7.
Hard to find fault with Barbados
Barbados (7/2) has been excellent in three races this year, winning the Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes in January three weeks after capturing the Spectacular Bid Stakes. The Michael Tomlinson trainee did not race again until July 5 where he returned from the layoff to finish a good second in the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes at Gulfstream. Barbados possesses an effective stalk and pounce style that allows the talented colt to adapt to a variety of different pace scenarios.
Up-and-comer tries graded stakes
At 5/1 on the morning line, Requite is a talented runner that has shown steady progression in his four-race career. A three-time winner, the George Weaver trainee defeated the foe June 7 in the Big Cypress Stakes that toppled Barbados last out.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic is one of the most important races of the year, and one of the richest races in the world. With a $6 million purse, the Grade 1 race is a 1 1/4-mile contest of the greatest horses in training.
Mighty Heart will attempt to become the first Canadian Triple Crown winner since Wando in 2003 when he runs in the Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine on October 24. The 1 1/2-mile race drew a field of 12.
Six group 1 races top a brilliant card at Longchamp in Paris, France on Sunday, October 4, headed of course by the 2020 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The great mare Enable is seeking to win her third Arc, a feat which has never been accomplished, after she ran second last year.
Free expert picks for the 2020 Woodbine Mile at Woodbine Racetrack on September 19. Preakness winner War of Will takes on unbeaten Shirl’s Speight in the one-mile turf race worth $1 million.