Triple Threat (FR) Looms in the $100,000 Arlington Handicap
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Thu 09/07/2015 - 22:51 EDT
Bill Mott will saddle Triple Threat (FR) as the favorite in the field at odds of 5-2 on the morning line. A five-year-old son of Monsun (GER), he has won four of his fourteen starts and made his North American debut a winning one last time out in the Monmouth Stakes (G2). He prevailed by a nose from off the pace under Jose Lezcano who will be back in the irons from post position eight as he goes for his second straight victory.
The Pizza Man a contender at home track
Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is The Pizza Man for trainer Roger Brueggemann. Bred and owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds, the six-year-old son of English Channel is a thirteen time winner an is coming into this race off of a winning performance in the Opening Verse Stakes at Churchill Downs. That was his first start of the year and he will break from post four under Florent Geroux.
Middleburg trying for first graded stakes win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 7-2 is Middleburg for trainer Christophe Clement. A five-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid, he has been on the board in thirteen of his fourteen starts and will be trying to earn the first graded stakes victory of his career. He has been on the board in both starts since stepping up to graded stakes competition and will break from post nine with James Graham aboard.
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.