Queen's Plate First Three Return in Prince of Wales
Updated: Sunday, July 16, 2006 12:27 PM
Posted: Friday, July 14, 2006 7:07 PM
Queen's Plate winner Edenwold is the 5-2 morning line favorite entered for the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown at Fort Erie Sunday.
Eight are entered for the 1 3/16-mile event restricted to Canadian-bred horses.
Jim and Alice Sapara's Edenwold drew post position 2 for Sunday's race and will be ridden by Emile Ramsammy, who was aboard the son of Southern Halo when he pulled a 16-1 upset in the Queen's Plate at Woodbine June 25.
"I think he's the horse to beat," said Ramsammy, following a workout Monday morning. "He's so professional and classy."
Trained by Josie Carroll, Edenwold was Canada's champion 2-year-old in 2005.
Sterwins, who finished second in the Plate, is the second choice at 3-1. Chris Decarlo takes over as the rider, replacing John Velasquez, who has other commitments. Melnyk Racing Stable owns the Todd Pletcher-trained Sterwins.
"We're right on target," said Pletcher from his barn at Belmont. "He ran a huge race in the Plate."
Third choice at 4-1 is Stronach Stable's Malakoff, who ran third in the Plate for trainer Brian Lynch.
"He's doing very good off the Plate," said Lynch. "If he's set to run a big one, it will be the race off the Plate."
Stronach and Lynch have also entered Royal Challenger.$500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes (Race 9, 5:10 p.m.), 3-Year-Old Canadian Breds, 1 3/16 Miles
PP. Horse, Jockey, ML Odds
1. Malakoff (ON), Todd Kabel, 4/1
2. Edenwold (ON), Emile Ramsammy, 5/2
3. Sterwins (ON), Christopher P. DeCarlo, 3/1
4. Pipers Thunder (ON), Raymond Brian Sabourin, 8/1
5. Ascot Bill (ON), Justin Stein, 6/1
6. Royal Challenger (ON), Patrick Husbands, 8/1
7. Cifercat (AB), Robert King, Jr., 20/1
8. Shillelagh Slew (PQ), Dino Luciani, 8/1Each assigned 126 pounds.
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