07/30/2012 12:34PM

Woodbine: Dixie Strike running in Breeders' Stakes after all

Michael Burns
Prince of Wales winner Dixie Strike (above) will ship back to Woodbine for Breeders' Stakes after Strait of Dover was pulled from the race.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The news that Queen’s Plate winner Strait of Dover is out for the year with a suspensory injury and will miss Sunday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes was still making the rounds here Monday morning. It also had reached Saratoga, where trainer Mark Casse was looking in on his outfit and was preparing to ship Prince of Wales Stakes winner Dixie Strike back to Woodbine for the Breeders’.

“After seeing that Strait of Dover is out, she’s going to get on a van” Tuesday, said Casse, who had sent Dixie Strike to Saratoga some 10 days earlier to prepare for the Grade 1 Alabama.

As of Monday morning, the Breeders’ Stakes, the 1 1/2-mile turf race that follows the Queen’s Plate and Prince of Wales as the final leg of the Triple Crown for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, was expected to attract a field of 11.

Dixie Strike finished third in the Queen’s Plate here over 1 1/4 miles of Polytrack before winning the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales on Fort Erie’s dirt surface.

“She hasn’t breezed here, but she’s really well,” Casse said from Saratoga. “I’m going to do the exact same thing I did between the Queen’s Plate and Prince of Wales and gallop her into this race.”

Dixie Strike also is proven on turf, having won the 1 1/16-mile Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs this winter, and will be renewing her rivalry with Irish Mission in the Breeders’.

Trained by Mark Frostad, Irish Mission won the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks with Dixie Strike fifth, then finished second in the Queen’s Plate before ending a flat sixth in the Prince of Wales. Irish Mission ran well on the turf at Gulfstream and Keeneland, where she won a maiden race over 1 3/16 miles of grass in her start prior to the Woodbine Oaks.

Alex Solis retains the mount on Irish Mission and was aboard when the filly breezed five furlongs in 1:00 on the training track turf course here Sunday.

Aldous Snow, Ultimate Destiny, Street Fight, Peyton, and Dragon Tail also prepped for the Breeders’ on the turf training course Sunday.

Trained by Malcolm Pierce, Aldous Snow has won twice on turf, including a smart first-level allowance score over 1 1/16 miles in the race following the Queen’s Plate here June 24. Eurico Rosa da Silva was aboard Sunday as Aldous Snow breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80.

Ultimate Destiny, coming off a second-place finish in the Prince of Wales, was timed in 1:00.20 for his five-furlong breeze, while his stablemate Street Fight went seven furlongs in 1:26.80 while working in company in a separate move. Trainer Mike Keogh caught Ultimate Destiny galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.60 under regular rider Steven Bahen.

Street Fight, who would have to be supplemented to the Breeders’ at a cost of $12,500, sat off his company before taking charge and drawing off under exercise rider Paul O’ Sullivan. Keogh timed Street Fight coming his last quarter in 24.20 and galloping out a mile in 1:41.80 under exercise rider Paul O’ Sullivan.

Street Fight closed strongly to finish second in a one-mile turf race for maiden $50,000 claimers last time out. Jermaine Bridgmohan, aboard that day, retains the mount in the Breeders’.

Peyton, whose last appearance was a 13th-place finish in the Queen’s Plate, breezed six furlongs in 1:14.80 for trainer Michael Doyle.

Dragon Tail, a maiden trained by Roger Attfield, breezed five furlongs in 59 under Richard Dos Ramos, who has the mount for the Breeders’.

The other probable Breeders’ entrants are Quaesitor, Wilcox, Seen It All Before, and Sammy Maudlin.

Quaesitor is coming off a solid fourth-place finish in the Prince of Wales, while Wilcox ran 11th in the Queen’s Plate but rebounded with a second-place finish in a first-level allowance race over 1 3/8 miles of turf here July 14.

Miami Deco, who defeated Wilcox that day, was recording his first win while making his 11th start since taking the 2010 Breeders’ at 65-1.

Seen It All Before won a first-level allowance in his seasonal and turf debut over 1 1/16 miles, but was beaten by an older rival on the Polytrack when trying his next condition at the same distance.

Sammy Maudlin, who also has to be supplemented to the Breeders’, won his maiden over 1 1/8 miles of turf last time out.