Competitive Field Set in La Lorgnette
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Mon 16/09/2013 - 16:22 EDT
A handful of previous stakes winners and some others that show the back class of superstars should make for a wide-open $125,000 La Lorgnette Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday. The race, for three-year-old fillies, goes 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack, and is the second of two stakes events on the card. A field of six, including a pair of Ontario-breds and an Illinois invader are expected to go into the gate, with Ontario’s Spring in the Air, a 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies participant carrying high weight of 120 lbs.
Turf winners making the switch to polytrack
Although winless in her last three, Spring in the Air has been knocking on the door, finishing second last time out in the Wonder Where Stakes, after running fourth against the boys in Queen’s Plate, following a second-place run in the Woodbine Oaks. She’ll be challenged by Overheard, who has yet to finish out of the money in eight lifetime starts, including three graded-stakes races. Winner of two straight is Leigh Court, a Kentucky bred who captured the Grade III Ontario Colleen Stakes at one mile on the turf ahead of Overheard.
Outstanding sires represented in the gate
Also in the field is Bold Kitten who ran fourth in the Grade III Arlington Oaks two starts back after capturing the Violet Stakes. A daughter of Kitten’s Joy, she’s a half-sister to Big Blue Kitten, Real Solution and Admiral Kitten, all Grade I winners this year. Rounding out the field are two others making the step up to takes company for the first time, including Theogony, a daughter of Curlin who has one win in five lifetime starts to her credit, and We’llseeaboutthat, the other Ontario-bred in the field who will be chasing her third lifetime win in nine starts.
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.