August 15, 2014
After an impressive 6 1/2-length maiden win July 25 in which he earned a career-best 84 Beyer Speed Figure, Bangkok will return to turf to face Unikat in Sunday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes, the final jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.
August 14, 2014
The Jackpot Hi 5 carryover heading into the nightcap, the ninth race, is $183,847. The ninth could be viewed as Chocolate Ride’s to lose, even though the 4-year-old is returning from an extended layoff.
The durable, little gelding Forte Dei Marmi will try to win the Grade 2, $200,000 Sky Classic Stakes for the third year in a row Saturday at Woodbine.
August 13, 2014
Chocolate Ride returns from a long layoff Friday at Woodbine in the ninth race. He doesn’t possess much turf breeding but deserves top billing in the $55,900 maiden special weight race, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on grass.
August 12, 2014
Heavy rain Tuesday could force the two turf races on the card to be shifted to the Polytrack. Lane 1 will be used this week, which will culminate with Sunday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on grass.
August 11, 2014
Multiple graded stakes winner Five Iron, who faded to sixth after an early pace duel with Really Sharp in the Grade 2 Nijinsky Stakes in his last start July 19, could run in Saturday’s Grade 2 Sky Classic Stakes at Woodbine for trainer Brian Lynch.
Trainer Mark Casse had a big weekend at Woodbine, sweeping all three stakes races with victories by Dixie Twist in the Ontario Debutante, Kaigun in the Grade 2 Play the King, and Lexie Lou in the Wonder Where.
The well-bred, lightly raced Unikat won his maiden in impressive fashion over 1 1/4 miles on turf here July 9 and now appears to be a key contender for Sunday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes, the final jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.
August 10, 2014
Queen’s Plate winner Lexie Lou made a smooth transition to the turf Sunday at Woodbine with a decisive score in the $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes, the final leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara.
The Mark Casse-trained runners Kaigun and Lockout ran one-two in Sunday’s Grade 2, $224,800 Play the King Stakes, an important prep for the next month’s Grade 1 Woodbine Mile.