07/03/2008 11:00PM

Wales likely to lure seven or eight


FORT ERIE, Ontario - A field of seven or eight Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, headed by Queen's Plate winner Not Bourbon, are expected when post positions are drawn Wednesday for next Sunday's $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.

Patrick Kane of the Chicago Black Hawks, the National Hockey League's rookie of the year, will be on hand for the draw.

Harlem Rocker, owned and bred by Frank Stronach, adds an interesting element to the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales. Harlem Rocker finished fourth as the Plate Trial favorite over Woodbine's Polytrack. His connections then decided to skip the Queen's Plate.

Prior to that defeat, Harlem Rocker had won the Grade 3 Withers on Aqueduct's main track.

Fort Erie's dirt surface should be more to his liking.

The card also will offer a pair of $50,000 turf stakes for Canadian-breds at five furlongs, the Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial and the Ernie Samuel Memorial for fillies and mares. Several Woodbine turf runners are expected to make the journey to mix it up with the local turf specialists.

Pair of restricted stakes on July 19

Fort Erie will hold a Saturday race card July 19 and will card two Cup races that day. The 1 1/16-mile Fort Erie Slots Cup for fillies and mares and the 1 1/16-mile Holiday Inn Fort Erie Cup for males are restricted to runners who have made at least two starts locally in 2008. Both will carry purses of $27,500.

Longshot heavily played in exotics

A daily double player with a winning ticket might have been taken aback when his two longshot picks paid only $197.20 on Monday. Italian Doctor C, the first-race winner returned $17.20, and the winner in the second, the first-time starter Gangotri, paid $65.20.

A parlay of winnings from the first race to the winner of the second would have brought back approximately $550.

A chartist, or one who specializes in following first-leg betting patterns for double payoffs on the television monitors, might have picked up the trend to a low payoff and noted that the longshot in the second, Gangotri, was getting more than his fair share of daily double action.

Similarly, the first pick three payoff (races 2, 3 ,and 4) with Gangotri plus runners paying $21.80 and $7.10 in the next two legs paid only $409.85.

The second pick three (races 3, 4, and 5) had the latter two prices and a $19.60 winner instead of the $65.20 Gangotri. It paid $882.85.

It is obvious that Gangotri was well backed in exotics but lightly played in the win pool.

* Longshots were the order of the day last Monday and some big payoffs came the way of those who were able to pick up the speed bias that prevailed. Runners who were either on the pace or stalking scored frequently. Tethra's Ripper at 8-5 was the lone closer on the day to prevail.