Oxbow coming out for GI Haskell Invitational run

Oxbow - will start next in the GI Haskell at Monmouth Park on July 27th
Oxbow – will start next in the GI Haskell at Monmouth Park on July 27th

GI Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow arrived at Saratoga Race Course to prep for the GI Travers in late August, but will make his next start in the $1 million GI William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes on Sunday, July 28 at Monmouth  Park, said Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas yesterday.

The 1 1/8 mile Haskell distance and Monmouth Park’s traditional fast surface should be ideal for Oxbow’s front-running style!

Other top 3yo names under consideration for Monmouth Park’s centerpiece race each season are, Verrazano, winner on the GI Wood Memorial and GII Pegasus Stakes and Bob Baffert’s Power Broker, the Easy Goer Stakes winner at Belmont Park last out seems set to help the Baffert barn claim one more GI Haskell title having won the last three with Looking at Lucky, Coil and Paynter!

As for those of you expecting a triple crown winners match up in the GI Travers at the end of August up at Saratoga, remember the GI Haskell is 4 weeks removed from the Travers so Oxbow will be well rested for that effort, beside D. Wayne loves to run his horses often and in big spots too.

Belmont winner Palace Malice will train up at Saratoga for a GII Jim Dandy next start then go in the GI Travers while Kentucky Derby winner Orb will sit out both late July 3yo tests as his connections are shooting for a August 24th next start in the GI Travers Stakes up at the Old Spa!


Rydilluc coming out for GII Virginia Derby ? – Probables and Free Past Performances

Rydilluc, winning the first ever $500,000 Penn Mile turfer, at Penn National race course today!
Rydilluc, winning the first ever $500,000 Penn Mile turfer, at Penn National race course last out!

The $500,000, GII Virginia Derby, going 1 1/4 mile for the top 3yo turfers in the land is the grand finale to a day top stakes and graded stakes racing on Colonial Downs premiere day of racing each season in the Virginia/Tidewater area.

Free Past Performances,

Rydilluc, winner of the inaugural $500,000, Penn Mile Stakes at Penn National last out, but finished a tiring 4th 2 back in the GI Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland. He won the GIII Palm Beach Stakes last winter at Gulfstream as well!

Jack Milton, 3rd in that same $500,000, Penn Mile Stakes last out, won the GIII Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland 2 back!

Golden Soul, 2nd to Orb in this year’s GI Kentucky Derby 2 back, then had a 9th finish in the GI Belmont Stakes last out!

Tons more top 3yo turfers are still in the nomination’s pool for this $500,000 GII outing uncommitted, so we’d look for more than this handful above to toe up to the line here at Colonial Downs this Saturday!

Midnight Aria holds on for 2013 Queen’s Plate Stakes crown – Results and Replay

Midnight Aria - hanging on for the win in today's $1,000,000, Queen's Plate Stakes at Woodbine
Midnight Aria – hanging on for the win in today’s $1,000,000, Queen’s Plate Stakes at Woodbine

Another son of 2-time B/C Sprint winner Midnight Lute in Midnight Aria , stuck for the early lead coming out of gate and was never headed to win today’s $1,000,000, Queen’s Plate Stakes, at 1 1/4 mile over very damp Woodbine All-Weather-Surface by a 1/2 length in a wire to wire performance over a rapidly closing race favorite Up With The Birds!

Full Results,

Dynamic Sky, was well back 7 1/2 lengths for 3rd with the filly Spring in the Air , filling out the super here today back another length!

Payouts and Winning Time,

Age Restriction: Three Year Old
Purse: $1,000,000
Distance: One And One Fourth Miles On The All Weather Track
Track Condition: Fast
Winning Time: 2:04.72
Pgm# Horse Jockey Win Place Show
1. Midnight Aria Jesse M. Campbell 35.20 13.00 8.00
7. Up With the Birds Eurico Rosa Da Silva 3.90 2.80
2. Dynamic Sky Joel Rosario 4.40
Also ran were: 4. – Spring in the Air , 3. – Jagger M , 11. – His Race to Win , 10. – Pyrite Mountain , 9. – Nipissing , 6. – Kaigun , 12. – River Seven , 5. – County Lineman , 8. – Rackman

12 to go in 2013 Queen’s Plate Stakes – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free Past Performances

The 2013 $1,000,000 Queen's Plate Stakes is this Sunday at Woodbine Racecourse
The 2013 $1,000,000 Queen’s Plate Stakes is this Sunday at Woodbine Racecourse

watch_liveThis morning, Woodbine Racecourse hosted the annual draw of post positions for the first leg of the 2013 Canadian Triple Crown series in the 154th running of the $1,000,000, Queen’s Plate Stakes for 3yo’s foaled in Canada only, going a Kentucky Derby 1 1/4 mile distance over the Woodbine all weather surface this coming Sunday, July 7th!

red-click-here-button← to see a very nice video presentation of the 2013 Queen’s Plate Field!

Free Past Performances,← Brisnet

Free Past Performances, ← DRF

Dynamic Sky, Spring in the Air , Up With The Birds and Pyrite Mountain , are all veterans of U.S. 2yo or 3yo graded races of one kind or another and look to improve their fortunes here in the great white north this Sunday are this year’s race favorites too!

2013 Queen’s Plate Stakes Field, below

126 lbs for all except the 4 and 9 carrying 121 lbs

Post Time at 5:38 pm ET

PP. Silks Horse and SireJockeyTrainerOdds

1. Midnight Aria Midnight Lute J
M Campbell
N. Gonzalez 15/1
2. Dynamic Sky Sky Mesa J
M. Casse 4/1
3. Jagger M – Harlan’s Holiday S
M. Casse 20/1
4. Spring in the Air – Spring At Last Gary Boulanger M. Casse 10/1
5. County LinemanSilent
O Solis
 Mark R. Frostad 30/1
6.  KaigunNorthern
M. Casse 20/1
7. Up With The BirdsStormy Atlantic E
R Da Silva
M. Pierce 2/1
8. Rackman – Niigon J
Nicholas Nosowenko 50/1
9. NipissingNiigon S
R Bahen
R. Halden 7/2
10. Pyrite Mountain Silent Name L
M. Frostad 6/1
11. His Race To Win Stormy Atlantic J
R Velazquez
M. Pierce 10/1
12. River Seven Johannesburg T
N. Gonzalez 20/1

Picks are – 2,9,7,10 exacta box with the 11 or 4 added to the last spot in a super play!