Top Three from Fall Highweight Return in $100,000 Gravesend
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Thu 24/12/2015 - 13:01 EST
With a compact field set to contest the $100,000 Gravesend Stakes December 26 at Aqueduct, multiple grade 1 winner Palace is set to make the final start of his career in the six furlong sprint.
Listed as the 2/1 morning line favorite, Palace exits a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Fall Highweight November 26 at Aqueduct. The Linda Rice-trained six year-old appears to be rounding back into form with a trio of on-the-board finishes in his last three starts. Palace has one win in six starts this year with a victory in the Hudson Stakes October 24 at Belmont after a banner year in 2014 that included a pair of grade 1 wins to go with a grade 2 score. Jockey Cornelio Velazquez will be aboard breaking from post 3.
Speedster will try to wire the field
The speedy Green Gratto (3/1) pulled a major upset winning the Fall Highweight at long odds, and could be dangerous once again if left to an uncontested early lead. Backers will have to take a much shorter price on the five year-old veteran horse who has just 2 wins in 15 starts this year. Jockey Kendrick Carmouche will be in the irons breaking from post 2.
Fabulous Kid tries to turn tables
Fabulous Kid (7/2) is another returning from the Fall Highweight where the David Jacobson trainee finished third. It was the best of his three stakes tries in a career that has seen the four year-old son of Congrats win 5 of 19 starts. Manuel Franco gets the call breaking from post 5.
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.