FORT ERIE, July 22 – Eight of the finest Canadian-bred three-year-old thoroughbred horses will compete in the 81st running of the Prince of Wales Stakes. A $500,000 purse will be up for grabs on Tuesday, July 26 at the historic Fort Erie Race Track.
The Post-Position Draw was held on Friday afternoon. Final entries include the top three finishers from the Queen’s Plate and other excellent contenders, making this year’s battle for the 2nd Jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown one of the most exciting in recent years.
Listed at 2-1 morning line odds, Sir Dudley Digges, trained by Michael Maker will continue his quest for the Canadian Triple Crown. Jockey Julien Leparoux will once again take the reins after the duo won the Queen’s Plate on July 3.
Amis Gizmo, the second place finisher from the Queen’s Plate, is listed at morning line odds of 5-2. Amis Gizmo was at the border oval for training on July 19, with jockey Luis Contreras and trainer Josie Carroll.
“The track is perfect, they’ve got it very nice and I liked the surface,” said Contreras after the run. “The horse let loose like he loves the track and I’m very happy with him.” When talking about the Prince of Wales, Contreras said he’s looking forward to the race, and would have no second thoughts about taking the lead early if he sensed it was the right move. “On dirt you can take the lead no problem, and keep going all the way.”
Third place finisher in the Queen’s Plate, All On Red entered the race and will have Eurico Rosa Da Silva at the reins. Da Silva won the 2014 Prince of Wales Stakes with Coltimus Prime.
Jockey John Velazquez, one of top jockeys in North America will ride Battery, trained by Todd A. Pletcher, the current money-winning leading trainer in North America.
Other contenders in the race include Leavem In Malibu for jockey Gary Boulanger, Leo From Heaven for jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson, Narrow Escape with jockey Sheena Ryan, and Niigon’s Edge for jockey Alan Garcia.
The Prince of Wales Stakes take place on Tuesday, July 26 at the historic border oval in Fort Erie. First race post time is 4:15 p.m. with the Prince of Wales Stakes running at approximately 7:40 p.m. The race will once again be aired live on TSN. After the races, fans can enjoy a free concert at the Tiki Bar Patio with the Elton Lammie Band.
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Prince of Wales Stakes
|Post Position||Horse||Owner||Trainer||Jockey||Morning Line Odds|
|1||Leavem In Malibu||Gary Barber and Conrad Farms||Mark E. Casse||Gary Boulanger||5-1|
|2||All On Red||JMJ Racing Stables LLC||Sid C. Attard||Eurico Rosa Da Silva||7-2|
|3||Narrow Escape||JMC’s Racing Stable, Z.W. Dehan and J. Nixon||Justin J. Nixon||Sheena Ryan||30-1|
|4||Amis Gizmo||Ivan Dalos||Josie Carroll||Luis Contreras||5-2|
|5||Leo From Heaven||Walnut Ridge Farm||Mark R. Frostad||Emma-Jayne Wilson||20-1|
|6||Battery||Harrell Ventures, LLC||Todd A. Pletcher||John Velazquez||8-1|
|7||Niigon’s Edge||Chiefswood Stable||Stuart C. Simon||Alan Garcia||15-1|
|8||Sir Dudley Digges||Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey||Michael J. Maker||Julien Leparoux||2-1|