GI Preakness Stakes winner Oxbowarrived 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, Coiland 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 Malicewill train up at Saratoga for a GII Jim Dandy next start then go in the GI Travers while Kentucky Derby winner Orbwill 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!
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.
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!
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!
This 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!
← to see a very nice video presentation of the 2013 Queen’s Plate Field!