07/10/2008 11:00PM

Pedigrees point to Prince of Wales longshots


The two big favorites in Sunday's Prince of Wales Stakes, the second jewel of Canada's Triple Crown and the marquee race at Fort Erie racetrack, are homebreds.

Queen's Plate winner Not Bourbon is owned by his breeder, Charles Fipke, and his main rival, Harlem Rocker, was bred by Frank Stronach's Adena Springs. Stronach owns 80 percent of Harlem Rocker in partnership with the Adena Racing Venture II syndicate.

The six rivals who are longshots to win the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales include some with interesting pedigree points that might make them worthy of inclusion in the triactor.

Pronger, owned by Mario Forgione, is a new face to the group, since he was not in the Plate and only recently won his maiden in his eighth start. But the jet-black gelding by Stormin Fever out of Our Lady's Wish, by Secret Claim, could certainly be a Fort Erie horse-for-course if he follows family tradition.

Bred by James, Janeane, and Arika Everatt, owners of Shannondoe Farm in St. Thomas, Ontario, Pronger has several siblings who were popular at Fort Erie.

His half-brother Le Vainqueur (by Fast Play) won more than $200,000 and was stakes-placed at Fort Erie while loving long distances on the dirt.

Another brother, the 1999 Sandpit horse Long Term Success, was a multiple winner and stakes-placed at Fort Erie while relishing dirt and turf. He won $309,000.

And another sibling, Essa's Secret (Avies Copy), won numerous sprint races at Fort Erie.

Pronger also comes from an impeccable female family. His granddam, Northern Willow (by Northern Dancer), is the dam of one of the greatest Canadian fillies in modern history, L'Alezane, who was third in the Queen's Plate.

East End Tap, a gorgeous Pleasant Tap colt owned by Sheikh Yobuti Stable, is a half-brother to Shipman (Helmsman), who won the Thoroughbred Niagara Cup Stakes at Fort Erie.

Their dam, East End Lady, won four of her 17 races at Fort Erie, and her half-brother, the classy stakes winner Gone Fishin, stands at stud just a few jumps from the racetrack.

A good run by East End Tap would tack on some nice value to the pedigree of Gone Fishin, a son of Gone West.

American invader Pewter was a sensational maiden winner but finished last in the Plate Trial on Polytrack. The Prince of Wales marks his return to dirt, and he has some Fort Erie in his genes.

His dam, Penny Perfect, finished her short career with a third-place finish in the Bison City Stakes on the main track at Fort Erie.

The speedy colt's second dam, graded stakes winner Pennyhill Park, was second in her edition of the Bison City.

If you are looking for a sentimental bet for the Prince of Wales, Deputiformer, bred by Windfields Farm, is logical.

It was announced last week that Windfields is curtailing its commercial breeding business to return to a small, private operation.

Windfields bred the 1998 Prince of Wales winner, Archers Bay.