Should be a fun day at Fort Erie (racing begins at 4:15) with a large Woodbine contingent heading down to the track for the PRINCE OF WALES, the second jewel of Canada’s Triple Crown.
A purse of $500,000 is up for grabs for 3-year-olds who were in the Queen’s Plate or have been pointing to this race. The weather figures to be cool and cloudy with only a 20% chance of rain. The track was likely on the wet side through yesterday but it should be nice and fluffy by race time. Let’s support FORT ERIE RACETRACK and bet on the races with both hands, cheer on your favourite horses and horsepeople so that we can be back next year.
79TH PRINCE OF WALES
FORT ERIE RACETRACK, 1 3/16 MILES, DIRT
Post time 7:40 p.m.
TSN – 7 P.M.
Purse $500,000. (Plus $27,825 – Other Sources). For Three-Year-Olds, Foaled In Canada. By subscription of $500 each to accompany the nomination by February 3 , 2014 (125 were made eligible); Second subscription of $1,500 by May 1, 2014 (56 Remained Eligible)(Plus 2 Supplements); Third subscription of$1,000 by July 15th, 2014 (11 Nominations); and an additional $5,000 when making final entry. Horses not originally nominated may supplement at time of final entry for $12,500 which includes the entry fee. Purse to be divided as set for the by the Association. All monies received from the original nomination, February 3, 2014 payment will be divided equally between the gross purses of the Queens’ Plate, Prince of Wales and Breeders’ Stakes. Weight: Colts and Geldings, 126 Lbs.; Fillies, 121 Lbs. Finalentries to be made through the entry box on Friday, July 25th. at the closing time then in effect for overnight events. (No Canadian Bred Allowance) *$350,000 of this purse has been provided through the Thoroughbred Improvement Program . *Plus up to $277,825 Ontario Bred/Ontario Sired Breeder Awards for the 1st., 2nd. and 3rd. place finishers. One And Three Sixteenth Miles.
P# PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 East Side (ON) 3/G L J Stein 126 M E Casse 6/1
2 Ami’s Holiday (ON) 3/C L L Contreras 126 J Carroll 9/5
3 Ascot Martin (ON) 3/C L J M Campbell 126 M Keogh 20/1
4 Matador (ON) 3/C L P Husbands 126 M E Casse 3/1
5 Money Talks (ON) 3/G L G Olguin 126 W Tharrenos 20/1
6 Coltimus Prime (ON) 3/C L E R Da Silva 126 J J Nixon 12/1
7 Smart Spree (ON) 3/G L E Wilson 126 M R Frostad 20/1
8 Lynx (ON) 3/G L F Pennington 126 C A Lynch 5/1
9 Rhythm Blues (ON) 3/C L C SutheKruse 126 N Gonzalez 8/1
10 Lions Bay (ON) 3/G L D Moran 126 J Attard 5/1
Owners: 1 – Stoneway Farm; 2 – Ivan Dalos; 3 – Beclawat Stable; 4 – John C. Oxley; 5 – R.P.I. Stables, Natural Eight Stable, F. Harrison and P. McLaughlin; 6 – Cabernet Racing Stables; 7 – Augustin Stable; 8 – Peachtree Stable; 9 – Hillsbrook Farms; 10 – M. Earle, N. Earle, V. Earle and J. Earle
Breeders: 1 – Richard Lister; 2 – Tall Oaks Farm; 3 – Beclawat Stable; 4 – Windhaven Farms Limited; 5 – Fred W. Pace; 6 – J. Horner; 7 – George Strawbridge Jr.; 8 – Jim McAlpine &Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC; 9 – Garland E. Williamson; 10 – Martin Earle & Victoria Earle
PICKS – AMI’S HOLIDAY, EAST SIDE, LYNX
On a dry, dirt track it should be AMI’S HOLIDAY’S race to win or lose. He does tend to find trouble a lot so a very, very clean trip is a must for this son of Harlan’s Holiday. He is the better horse of most of these and he has tactical speed to stay in range and power for the long stretch run.
LYNX won his maiden on Parx dirt with a hefty 85 Beyer Speed Figure and he is a contender. He seems to be improving for trainer Cal Lynch. His owner John Fort owned Canadian-bred Twilight Meteor who came to Canada for the Plate a few years ago.
MATADOR raced on dirt all spring and trainer Mark Casse says he is better on the surface. His Plate race was drab (and followed an easy Polytrack win) so that is a concern but Husbands, Casse and Oxley have won this race before and Oxley and Casse have won it 2 straight years.
In triactors and exotics, use RHYTHM BLUES, ASCOT MARTIN and EAST SIDE.
CANADIAN PRESS FEATURE
Trainer Mark Casse chasing [SIC] straight Prince of Wales Stakes title
By Dan Ralph
Mark Casse is tinkering with success.
Last year he didn’t run Uncaptured — Canada’s 2012 horse of the year — in the $1-million Queen’s Plate, instead pointing him to the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes. The move paid off as a fresh Uncaptured came from fifth to overtake River Seven for an impressive one-length win in the second jewel of Canadian thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.
Casse, named Canada’s top trainer on six occasions, has two horses in Tuesday night’s race at Fort Erie Racetrack — 3-1 early second choice Matador and 6-1 pick East Side. Casse had planned to take the same approach with Matador that he did with Uncaptured, but had a change of heart and ran him in the Plate on July 6, where Matador was seventh.
“I wish I hadn’t run Matador in the Queen’s Plate,” Casse said candidly Monday from California. “We’ve always kind of thought he was better on dirt, and my plan was to do like Uncaptured and skip the Queen’s Plate and go directly to the Prince of Wales.
“But he ran so well on the synthetic that it caused me to run him in the Queen’s Plate. I’m not sure East Side is good enough but I bypassed the Queen’s Plate with him in hopes he’d be a fresh horse in the Prince of Wales.”
Matador ran a host of American Triple Crown prep races last winter, finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis; fifth in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby; and sixth in the Grade 1 Florida Derby.