Top Decile Taking on Eight Sophomores in $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes
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Fri 16/01/2015 - 09:31 EST
On Saturday at Fair Grounds, the track will host the 23rd edition of the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes. Scheduled to be run at a mile and seventy yards on the main track, the race has drawn a field of nine three-year-old fillies.
Top Decile, the runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), has been installed as the morning line favorite at 8-5 for her sophomore debut. Purchased for $110,000 as a yearling, the chestnut daughter of Congrats broke her maiden at first asking for trainer Albert Stall. She was second in her next start, beaten only half a length in the Alcibiades (G1), before heading on to the Breeders’ Cup. Mike Smith will be aboard and they will break from the outside post.
Undefeated record on the line for West Coast Belle
The undefeated West Coast Belle is the second choice on the morning line at 2-1 for trainer Wayne Catalano. A homebred daughter of Tapit for owners Gary and Mary West, she was a perfect three for three as a juvenile. After breaking her maiden in her debut, she won both the Rags to Riches Stakes and the Golden Rod (G2). Shaun Bridgmohan, aboard for her graded stakes win last out, will be back aboard and they will break from post two.
Forever Unbridled taking on stakes company
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Forever Unbridled for trainer Dallas Stewart. Bred and owned by Charles Fipke, she is a full-sister to the 2014 winner of the Silverbulletday Stakes, Unbridled Forever. She is taking on winners for the first time after breaking her maiden in her second career start as the heavy favorite. She has had a bullet workout since that win and will have Brian Hernandez, Jr. back aboard from post five.
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.