The draw for Sunday's 75th running of the Prince of Wales Stakes was held this afternoon and a field of eight is confirmed for the event. The race is contested on dirt over a distance of a mile and three sixteenths and is the second leg of the multi-surface Canadian Triple Crown which commences with the Queen's Plate run at ten furlongs on polytrack and ends with the Breeders' Stakes tried at twelve furlongs on the turf.
Big Red Mike plans to pose for more photos on Sunday at Fort Erie
The Field for the 2010 Prince of Wales Stakes
1 - Mobthewarrior - Emile Ramsammy – Greg DeGannes – 6-1
2 - Captain Canuck – Eibar Coa – Josie Carroll – 20-1
3 - Hotep – Patrick Husbands – Mark Frostad – 5/2
4 - Big Red Mike – Eurico Rosa da Silva – Nick Gonzalez – 6/5
5 - Golden Moka – Anthony Stephen – Brian Lynch – 15-1
6 - Mobil Unit – David Clark – Mike Keogh – 8-1
*7 - Dark Cloud Dancer – Justin Stein – Mark Frostad – 10-1
8 - Who We Gunna Call – Gerry Olguin – Tino Attard – 20-1
*Note that Dark Cloud Dancer is cross-entered in Saturday's Toronto Cup at Woodbine. (See below)
Big Red Mike was the gutsy wire-to-wire winner of the 2010 Queen's Plate and should be well suited to the dirt track and distance of the Prince of Wales. While much was made of the lack of pace in the Queen's Plate there appear to be two speed influences that could make Big Red Mike's life difficult on Sunday. Captain Canuck has been training at Fort Erie for the Prince of Wales and recently notched a sharp bullet work (5F in 59.80) over the surface and has shown previous front-running form. The second speed influence is Ontario-bred, but Panama raced, Golden Moka who is 3-for-3 with modest earnings of $12,135. Golden Moka worked seven furlongs at Fort Erie this past Sunday in 1:25.20.
The mysterious Golden Moka could offer a caffeinated pace in the Prince of Wales
Sam-Son Farms Hotep chased Big Red Mike for ten furlongs in the Queen's Plate but could not close when asked. The Mark Frostad trainee raced four times on the Fair Grounds dirt over the winter with mixed results against top company in the Risen Star and Louisana Derby. A shorter distance should suit the full brother of 2009 Plate winner Eye of the Leopard.
Mobthewarrior, Mobil Unit, Who We Gunna Call and Dark Cloud Dancer round out the compact field.
For a preview of the Prince of Wales entrants including interviews with Mike Keogh regarding Mobil Unit and Greg De Gannes charge Mobthewarrior, please click here.
For more information on the Prince of Wales Stakes visit the Fort Erie Race Track website or add Fort Erie Race Track as a friend on Facebook.
To catch up on coverage of the 2009 Prince of Wales Stakes won by Gallant, please click into my posts entitled, Photo Essay: Photo Finish Decides Thrilling Prince of Wales Stakes and Photo Essay: Prince of Wales Festivities (Part 2).
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While Sunday's Prince of Wales is the showcase race this weekend, the Saturday card at Woodbine promises an exciting day of turf racing as a pair of prominent Ian Black runners switch surfaces with D's Wando (as noted earlier this week at TDH) and Southdale using the popular poly to turf angle to try the Toronto Cup and Nijinsky Stakes respectively. Also of note in the Toronto Cup is the inclusion of Queen's Plate entrant and possible Prince of Wales starter Dark Cloud Dancer.
D's Wando has shown an affinity to the grass
Toronto Cup - One And One Eighth Miles. (Turf)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 D's Wando (ON) 3/C L C Sutherland 117 I Black
2 Born to Act (ON) 3/C L R C Landry 115 M R Frostad
3 Tir Chonaill (KY) 3/C L1* E Wilson 115 C M Costigan
4 Dark Cloud Dancer (ON) 3/C L P Husbands 115 M R Frostad
5 Stormy Lord (ON) 3/G L J McAleney 115 I Black
6 Kara's Orientation (KY) 3/C L E Ramsammy 120 S Chircop
7 Woodland Flute (ON) 3/G L O Moreno 115 M Keogh
The handsome Southdale has only recently worked over the weeds and tries a tough Nijinsky field that incudes barnmate, and track record holder at this distance, Rahy's Attorney
G2 Nijinsky Stakes - One And One Eighth Miles. (Turf)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Spice Route (GB) 6/G L J C Jones 121 R L Attfield
2 Grand Adventure (KY) 4/C L P Husbands 123 M R Frostad
3 Utterly Cool (ON) 4/G L R A Dos Ramos 117 S C Attard
4 Windward Islands (KY) 6/G L P Husbands 117 M R Frostad
5 Southdale (ON) 4/C L E Wilson 121 I Black
6 Tierra Del Tigre (KY) 4/C L D Clark 117 G Cox
7 Cobotown Ron (ON) 6/G L J Stein 117 A M Delmas
8 Rahy's Attorney (ON) 6/G L R C Landry 121 I Black
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Bill Tallon wrote a very thorough article this morning for the DRF entitled, Woodbine stars eye Saratoga stakes.
In short, the following Woodbine-based horses are on their way to Saratoga:
Reade Baker's Biofuel will attempt the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks and possibly the G1 Alabama.
Biofuel will be getting the Spa treatment in the Coaching Club American Oaks
Carolyn Costigan is preparing Woodbine Oaks winner Roan Inish for the G1 Alabama.
Smile! You're going to Saratoga!
Audre Cappuccitti's speedy fellow Essence Hit Man will try the G2 Amsterdam
A shootout at the Spa should favour Essence Hit Man in the G2 Amsterdam
Brian Lynch will send travel friendly Bay to Bay to Saratoga for the G2 Lake George.
Bay to Bay will jump into the Lake (George)
Roger Attfield duo Perfect Shirl and No Explaining will battle Bay to Bay in the G2 Lake George that is shaping up to be waterlogged with Woodbine talent
Don't call me Shirley
No Explaining won't be making any excuses in Saratoga
Mark Casse will send five horses to Saratoga: Barracks Road (Hattie Moseley), Exclusive Love (G2 Lake George), Pool Play (G1 Whitney or an Allowance), So Elite (G2 Jim Dandy or Curlin), and Tasty Temptation (G1 Ruffian).
Barracks Road will soon be on the highway to New York
Pool Play will make an allowance if the Whitney comes up tough
So Elite believes he's better than the competition in the Jim Dandy
Keep a lookout for Tasty Tempation in the G1 Ruffian
For what it's worth, I'll be in Saratoga for the August 21st weekend that features the G1 Alabama Stakes and hopefully a pair of top local fillies in Biofuel and Roan Inish.
Perhaps I'll meet you here in August!
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