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.
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.