Veteran Delaunay Seeks Elusive Iowa Sprint Win
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Wed 24/06/2015 - 17:05 EDT
Delaunay has been installed as the 8/5 morning line favorite and will break from post six against five rivals. Since being claimed for $40,000 on May 12, 2012 at Churchill Downs by trainer Tom Amoss and owner Maggi Moss, the classy veteran runner has won 12 stakes races including the Grade 2 Churchill Downs in 2013. Delaunay has won 18 of 52 starts in his career for earnings of $1,127,071. Despite his lengthy list of accomplishments, Delaunay has shown signs of slowing down in 2015, with just a single victory in four starts, but has not finished worse than third. In his last start, May 23 at Prairie Meadow, Delaunay finished second in the Ed Skinner Memorial Stakes.
Bobcat Jim vs. Delaunay at the windows
9/5 second choice Bobcat Jim should contend for post-time favoritism after defeating Delaunay in the Ed Skinner and running his record at Prairie Meadows to 3 for 4. Trained by Kenny Smith, Bobcat Jim has been sharp in both starts this year, also defeating allowance company May 3 at Prairie Meadows. The five year-old gelded son of Sharp Humor will break from the rail under jockey Shane LaViolette.
Hard to like Den’s Legacy on top
Den’s Legacy (7/2), has won just 3 of 30 career starts, but has plenty of back-class, including a fourth place effort in the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes May 1 at Churchill.
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.