Woodbine Connections: Blue Grass Stakes
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Mon 13/05/2013 - 05:18 EDT
It proved to be a day of disappointment for the Woodbine connections of three horses entered in last weekend’s $750,000 G. I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, one of the last major prep races leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby. In an important quest to score a top-four finish, and gain valuable points toward a spot in the starting gate for the Run for the Roses, all three horses, Uncaptured, Dynamic Sky, and Tesseron, ran well back in the 14-horse field.
Leading trainer Casse sees horses beaten handily
Mark Casse, last year’s leading trainer in both wins and money earned at Woodbine, trains two of the three, Uncaptured and Dynamic Sky. The morning line favorite, Uncaptured broke well and was in contention, at just two lengths off the lead at the 3/4 pole, but faded to finish 10th, beaten 11 lengths by the winner, Java’s War. Dynamic Sky entered the race at 9-1 and never was a factor, running second-last most of the way, eventually finishing 9th. Tesseron, saddled by Woodbine regular Josie Carroll, and a morning line long shot at 50-1, finished 11th.
Uncaptured & Dynamic Sky: Queen’s Plate Future?
After the race, Casse indicated that both Canadian bred horses, Uncaptured and Dynamic Sky, could be pointed towards the historic Queen’s Plate and a shot at the Canadian Triple Crown. Casse stated that Dynamic Sky would definitely be returning to Woodbine, although plans for Uncaptured were still up in the air. As a Kentucky-bred, Tessoron is not eligible for the Queen’s Plate but he is slated to return to the world of Woodbine for races during the summer meet.
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.