Weekend Stakes: previews and put up occasions for prime races

Weekend Stakes: previews and post times for top races

Woodbine performs host to 5 graded stakes this weekend highlighted by Canadian Triple Crown standouts Mighty Coronary heart and Belichick assembly once more within the $125,000 Ontario Derby Stakes.

Right here is the total listing of this weekend’s graded stakes motion:

Saturday November 21

3:45 p.m.—$100,000 Crimson Smith Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct 

Woodslane Farm’s Sadler’s Pleasure will face fellow 7-year-old Grade 1-winner Aquaphobia in pursuit of a second straight triumph within the sixtieth working of the Crimson Smith Handicap going 1 3/8 miles over the internal turf. Educated by Tom Albertrani, Sadler’s Pleasure has amassed the best quantity of lifetime earnings within the area with $2,648,160 by a file of 33-7-4-11 consisting of 4 graded stakes triumphs.

The veteran son of Kitten’s Pleasure notched graded wins throughout his 4, 5 and 6-year-old campaigns. Along with final yr’s Crimson Smith, Sadler’s Pleasure boasts triumphs within the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational in August 2017 at Saratoga and Gulfstream Park’s Grade 2 Pan American in April 2017 and the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida in March 2018.

4 p.m.—$100,000 Native Diver Stakes (G3) at Del Mar 

C R Ok Secure’s Midcourt, the defending champion in Saturday’s $100,000 Native Diver Stakes, looms because the one to catch and the one to beat within the forty second version of the nine-panel headliner. Midcourt, a gelded 5-year-old by Midnight Lute, has received 5 of his 14 begins, together with his 5 and three-quarter size triumph in final yr’s Native Diver.

The John Shirreff’s-trained runner – a winner of $546,695 in purses — has been dealt with by Victor Espinoza in most of his profession begins and could have the Corridor of Fame rider within the tack once more Saturday.

4:58 p.m.—$125,000 Ontario Derby (G3) at Woodbine 

Queen’s Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes winner Mighty Coronary heart will meet up with stablemate and Breeders’ Stakes victor Belichick within the Ontario Derby, set for 1 1/8 miles on the Woodbine Tapeta.

After Mighty Coronary heart took the primary two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown sequence, Belichick turned the tables on the bay colt within the 1 ½-mile Breeders’ Stakes on October 24, placing an finish to Mighty Coronary heart’s quest to grow to be the nation’s first horse to comb all three races since Wando achieved the feat in 2003. The Ontario Derby, for three-year-olds, will mark the primary race for each for the reason that Breeders’.

5:06 p.m.—$100,000 Chilukki Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs

A number of graded stakes winner Finite tops the thirty fifth working of the Chilukki Stakes run at one mile. Finite, a 3-year-old filly by Munnings, was the slim runner-up finisher behind Venetian Harbor in final month’s Grade 2 Raven Run at Keeneland.

Beforehand, the Steve Asmussen-trained Finite was on the Kentucky Oaks path after victories within the Grade 2 Golden Rod and Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes. Following her fourth-place effort within the Grade 2 Truthful Grounds Oaks, Finite underwent minor ankle surgical procedure however returned to Asmussen’s secure just a few months later.

5:28 p.m.—$175,000 Kennedy Street Stakes (G2) at Woodbine

A number of stakes winner and 2017 Canadian Horse of the 12 months, Pink Lloyd, appears to be like so as to add to his black-type bonanza with a win within the Kennedy Street Stakes. Pink Lloyd will search to prime the Kennedy Street charts for the third time, having received the occasion in 2017 and 2019.

Educated by Robert Tiller for Entourage Secure, the eight-year-old gelded son of Previous Forester is unbeaten in 4 begins – all stakes – this yr. His newest tour de power was a victory within the Grade 3 Vigil Stakes on September 5, an effort that pushed Pink Lloyd’s profession earnings over $2 million (CDN). It was additionally his fourth straight Vigil Crown.

5:58 p.m.—$175,000 Bessarabian Stakes (G2) at Woodbine

The $175,000 Bessarabian Stakes for fillies and mares contested at seven furlongs on the Tapeta options defending race winner Amalfi Coast. The chestnut filly received final yr’s version of the race to earn her first graded stakes rating and enters off a victory final outing within the October 23 Candy Briar Too Stakes.

Sunday November 22

5:58 p.m.—$125,000 Gray Stakes (G3) at Woodbine

9 2-year-olds, together with spectacular first-time winner Haddassah, are set to contest Sunday’s Gray Stakes. Haddassah, a bay son of Air Power Blue, didn’t fly beneath the radar in his curtain-raising effort on November 1. Educated by Kevin Attard, the Ontario-bred went off because the 9-5 alternative within the 1 mile and 70-yard most important monitor maiden particular weight occasion, a race that was initially scheduled for the turf.

6:28 p.m.—$125,000 Mazarine Stakes (G3) at Woodbine

Mark Casse, who has seven Mazarine titles, has two alternatives so as to add to that spectacular whole, Sunday. The 1 1/16-mile Mazarine has attracted a area of seven two-year-old fillies, together with Casse expenses Souper Sensational and Glossy Lynx. Owned by Dwell Oak Plantation, Souper Sensational has lived as much as her title over two begins, together with a implausible four-length show within the Superb Tune Stakes on October 17 at Woodbine. Despatched on her manner because the 3-5 alternative, the chestnut daughter of Curlin widened her benefit down the lane, happening for the straightforward rating in a time of 1:21.84 over seven furlongs on the Woodbine Tapeta.

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