DRF – Impressive debut winner Kitten’s Boy tries stakes in Coronation Futurity

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An early Queen’s Plate preview will take place at Woodbine on Sunday afternoon with the running of the prestigious $225,000 Coronation Futurity over 1 1/8-miles on Tapeta for Canadian-bred 2-year olds. I filed a preview of the race to the Daily Racing Form, focusing on recent maiden winner Kitten’s Boy for trainer Malcolm Pierce and owner Sam-Son Farm.

Sam-Son Farm has already won six editions of the Coronation Futurity, five on their own and one in partnership, with their last win coming in 2012 with Up With the Birds. Kitten’s Boy is coming into the Coronation Futurity off of an impressive maiden win on Tapeta on , and is the 2-1 morning line favourite.

Kitten’s Boy will be ridden by Eurico Da Silva, who recorded his 32nd stakes win of the meet on Saturday with Gamble’s Ghost in the Grade 3 Maple Leaf Stakes. Da Silva is chasing the meet record of 36 stakes wins by a jockey, which was achieved by Avelino Gomez in 1966 and Todd Kabel in 2004.

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Ryerson students use Breeders’ Stakes to determine fantasy football draft order

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With the NFL season set to kick off on September 7, millions of people are setting up their fantasy football drafts with friends, family members, colleagues, and classmates. For some, the draft order can make or break the strength of their fantasy football teams, and one group of Ryerson University students had a unique way of determining the order for this year’s draft: they let some of the best Canadian-bred 3-year old horses decide.

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Meet the Field for the 2017 Breeders’ Stakes

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The field is set for the 126th running of the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes, which will be run on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine. A total of 10 Canadian-bred 3-year olds have been entered, led by Prince of Wales Stakes winner Cool Catomine. The Breeders’ Stakes is restricted to Canadian-bred 3-year olds and will be run over 1 1/2-miles on Woodbine’s E. P. Taylor Turf course. Post time is set for approximately 4:47 p.m. Eastern.

Here is the field in post position order, along with jockey, trainer, ownership, and breeding information, along with the morning line odds.

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DRF – Attfield starts three in pursuit of 10th Breeders’ Stakes win

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The third and final jewel of the 2017 Canadian Triple Crown, the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes, will be run at Woodbine on Sunday afternoon. Trainer Roger Attfield has already won this race nine times in his career, and will send out three horses on Sunday in hopes of hitting double digits with his 10th Breeders’ Stakes win. The Attfield contingent is led by Toronto Cup Stakes winner, Final Copy, while recent maiden winners Major Eclipse and Glencairn will also get a chance to record their first career stakes wins. I filed a preview of the Breeders’ Stakes to the Daily Racing Form.

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Fort Erie Selections – July 25, 2017

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It’s a big day at Fort Erie today, as the track will host the 82nd running of the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes over 1 3/16-miles on dirt. The second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown has attracted a field of seven, and overall, we have a great nine-race card on tap. I’ve only managed one winner during each of the past two race days at Fort Erie, so hopefully, we’ll have some better luck today. Here are my full-card selections.

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DRF – State of Honor back on dirt in Prince of Wales Stakes

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The second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown, the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, will be contested on Tuesday evening over 1 3/16-miles on dirt at Fort Erie Race Track. For one horse in the field in particular, a return to dirt will be welcome. State of Honor has done his best running over the dirt, as evidenced by his three graded stakes placings in Florida over the winter. The big question for him will be whether he can handle the distance. I filed a Prince of Wales Stakes race preview to the Daily Racing Form, focusing on State of Honor with quotes from trainer Mark Casse.

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Meet the Field for the 2017 Prince of Wales Stakes

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The field is set for the 82nd running of the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, set for Tuesday evening at Fort Erie Race Track. A total of seven Canadian-bred 3-year olds have been entered, led by Queen’s Plate runner-up Tiz a Slam. The Prince of Wales Stakes is restricted to Canadian-bred 3-year olds and will be run over 1 3/16-miles on Fort Erie’s dirt track. Post time is set for approximately 7:45 p.m. Eastern.

Here is the field in post position order, along with jockey, trainer, ownership, and breeding information, along with the morning line odds.

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Woodbine Selections – July 2, 2017

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It’s finally here! On Sunday, we’ll see the 158th running of the Queen’s Plate contested over 1 1/4-miles on Woodbine’s Tapeta. It highlights a tremendous day of racing at Woodbine, with 13 races on the card and six stakes races, four of which are graded. My selections have been on a good run this weekend coming into Sunday, as there were six winners from 11 races on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine. Combined with Friday’s performance (4/8), my selections have recorded 10 winners from 19 races (53%) this weekend. Let’s hope we can keep it rolling on Queen’s Plate Sunday. Here are my full-card selections.

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DRF – Holy Helena favored to complete double in Queen’s Plate

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The big race is finally here! The 158th running of the $1-million Queen’s Plate will take place at Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday afternoon, and the Woodbine Oaks winner Holy Helena will go into the Plate as the 3-1 morning line favourite. I filed the advance for this year’s Queen’s Plate to the Daily Racing Form, focusing on Holy Helena’s quest to become the seventh filly to complete the Woodbine Oaks-Queen’s Plate double.

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DRF – State of Honor giving owners a classic experience

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Over the last few weeks in the lead up to the Queen’s Plate, I’ve been filing feature stories each week on one of the Queen’s Plate contenders. You can find links to all of them in my freelance writing archives by clicking here, but this week, my story focused on State of Honor and his owners Manfred and Penny Conrad of Conrad Farms. One interesting note that I found while researching this story is that State of Honor is going to become the fifth horse in the last 50 years to run in the Kentucky Derby and the Queen’s Plate in the same year. Here’s a list of the others.

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