Untapable Towers Over Rivals in Grade 2 Azeri
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Fri 13/03/2015 - 14:25 EDT
The Grade 2 $300,000 Azeri is the first of three stakes races on the card March 14 at Oaklawn with last year’s Female Horse of the Year Untapable a heavy favorite in the field of six.
Untapable, the prohibitive 1/2 choice on the morning line, was last seen October 31 winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff by a length and a quarter capping a 2014 season that included four grade 1 victories and over $2.8 million in earnings. The Steve Asmussen trained filly’s lone blemish in seven starts last year came when competing against males in the Grade 1 Haskell. Untapable has trained forwardly at Fair Grounds and ships to Hot Springs, Arkansas for her first try over the Oaklawn track. John Velazquez has the mount breaking from the rail.
Sugar Shock should get lead
In a race without much early speed, Sugar Shock (10/1) could get comfortable on the front end for jockey Channing Hill. The four year-old daughter of Candy Ride returned from a lengthy layoff to win the American Beauty Stakes at six furlongs in her last start, and has four wins in five tries and a second place finish over the local strip.
Gold Medal Dancer worth a look
Gold Medal Dancer (10/1) is another live longshot who could benefit from a modest pace. The fiver year-old mare returned from nearly a seven month layoff in her last start to finish a tiring third in the Grade 3 Bayakoa behind two of her Azeri rivals – Mufajaah (4/1) and Flashy American (5/1). Gold Medal Dancer should be much tighter for the Azeri.
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.