Young Rivals Race in South Ocean
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Sun 24/11/2013 - 11:42 EST
The forecast will be calling for a chance of snow Sunday afternoon at Woodbine when nine talented juvenile fillies take to the track for the $125,000 1 1/16 miles South Ocean Stakes. On paper the field seems to be evenly split between a handful of contenders and another group of longshots, although every starter has managed to record at least one winning effort so far this season, and the probable favorite, Paladin Bay, listed at 2-1 in the morning line, will have to overcome both the outside post and high weight of 120 pounds.
Top two have battled it out all season
In a busy campaign that saw her make seven starts already, Paladin Bay only broke her maiden two starts back, but came back from that one to win the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at odds of 15-1. That marked her sixth straight in-the-money finish, a streak that included second-place finishes in both the Shady Well and Nandi Stakes, and a third (placed second) in the Muskoka Stakes. In the Princess Elizabeth she finished a length in front of Lexie Lou, second choice here at 5-2. Lexie Lou won the Muskoka after On Rainbow Bridge was DQ’d, and also has a second from the Victorian Queen Stakes in September.
Only non-Ontario bred in with a chance
Third in the Nandi – ahead of Lexie Lou – and then fifth in the Victorian Queen was Lia’s Miracle, listed in the ML for this at 12-1, who most recently was the best of the rest when finishing second by seven lengths at the $52,000 allowance level. Her jockey for that one has decided to go elsewhere and will be in the tack of the only non-Ontario bred in the field in Filcup, third choice at 4-1. She’s a Milwaukee Brew filly foaled in New York, and is undefeated in two lifetime starts, taking over in upper stretch and winning her latest by 3 1/2 lengths.
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.