$110,000 Canterbury Stakes a Bettor’s Delight
Category : News
Sat 06/12/2014 - 01:41 EST
Among the eight Claiming Crown races scheduled on the opening day card December 6 at Gulfstream, the $110,000 Canterbury stands out as one of the best wagering events with a field of fourteen set to contest the five furlong turf sprint.
In his last four starts, 5/2 morning line favorite Mr. Online has competed exclusively at the grade 2 and grade 3 level, falling just a neck short of winning the Appleton Stakes and Canadian Turf last winter at Gulfstream – both grade 3 events run at a mile on turf. The five year-old gelded son of Silent Name should appreciate the class relief, but has not raced since July 6 – a fifth -place finish at Woodbine in the grade 2 Highlander Stakes. Trainer Michael Pino connects with 21% of his runners returning from layoffs between 60 and 180 days. Mr. Online has shown a versatile running style and can adapt to multiple pace scenarios if he is ready to fire.
Buster Rose gets acid test
Buster Rose (9/2) is unbeaten in four turf sprints this year at Indiana Downs, but will face much classier opposition in the Canterbury. However, the Stephen Dunn trainee boasts speed figures that would put him in contention against this field. Buster Rose would benefit from a fast, contentious early pace to set up his closing kick under jockey Jeremy Rose.
Mongol Bull on the improve
Mongol Bull (6/1) will have to overcome the 13 hole, but the rapidly improving colt nearly pulled the upset at odds of 56/1 in the grade 3 Woodford October 4 at Keeneland.
One of the most historic - and controversial - editions of the Kentucky Derby is in the books and the next leg of the US Triple Crown moves to Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course for the running of the Preakness Stakes. The 1 3/16 test over the Pimlico dirt track is drawing a wide-open field of three-year-old thoroughbreds gunning for the $1.5 million purse.
Led to the gate by pre-race morning line favorite Omaha Beach, a full field of 20 are set to line up for the 145th Kentucky Derby on late Saturday afternoon. They're running for a total purse of $3 million on the 1 1/4 mile Churchill dirt course and making their bid to follow 2018 winner Justify as Triple Crown champions.
The $100,000 Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes July 2 at Churchill Downs features a field of nine up-and-coming two year olds in a race that may be as confusing as it is competitive.
With the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster the centerpiece of a stellar Downs After Dark racing card June 18 at Churchill Downs, the expected field of seven older runners presents an interesting handicapping puzzle.