Looking for consecutive wins in the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, trainer Mark Casse will have four shots at the July 30 renewal at Fort Erie racetrack in Ontario, Canada.
The second jewel of Canada's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, this year's race has been moved to a Tuesday evening program with a 7:47 EDT scheduled post. Contested at 1 3/16 miles on dirt, the Prince of Wales is the eighth race on the card.
Casse won last year's Prince of Wales with the outstanding filly Dixie Strike for owner John Oxley. He sends out three for Oxley this time—grade II winner Uncaptured , Dynamic Sky, and another filly, Spring in the Air. Casse also entered Jagger M for owner Gabe Grossberg, accounting for half of the eight-horse field.
The Queen's Plate front-running winner Midnight Aria is skipping the Prince of Wales, trainer Nick Gonzalez saying the race took too much out of his colt. Runner-up Up With the Birds is also missing.
The next three finishers from the July 7 Queen's Plate at Woodbine—Dynamic Sky, Spring in the Air, and Jagger M—come from Casse's stable. Also looking for improvement out of the Queen's Plate are River Seven and Rackman, 10th and 12th, respectively.
Casse also won the Prince of Wales in 2009 with Gallant.
Multiple graded winner Uncaptured, to be ridden by Miguel Mena, drew the inside post. The son of Lion Heart is looking for his first win since taking the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) last November at Churchill Downs, concluding a 2-year-old campaign in which he won six of seven races. He has three seconds from four starts this season, and comes off a tough beat when runner-up to Code West by a head in the Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) June 15, also at Churchill.
Dynamic Sky, a Sky Mesa colt, won the Plate Trial at Woodbine two starts back. In the Queen's Plate he rated in fifth before mounting a challenge on the final turn. He wasn't going to catch Midnight Aria, however, and evened out in the stretch to be beaten by eight lengths. Joel Rosario returns to accept the mount.
Spring in the Air finished a length behind her stablemate in the Queen's Plate after making a good move from near the rear of the pack and flattening out late. The daughter of Spring At Last ran second in the Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser prior to that. Last year, the bay filly captured the Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I) over the Polytrack at Keeneland.
Gary Boulanger, who rode Spring in the Air for the first time in the Queen's Plate, has the call once again from post 2. She gets a five-pound weight break against her male rivals while carrying 121.
Casse's final entrant, Jagger M, is winless in three stakes starts since breaking his maiden in April. The Harlan's Holiday colt's best showing since came in a runner-up finish in the seven-furlong Queenston May 11. Shaun Bridgmohan is aboard once again.
River Seven, trained by Gonzalez, weakened on the far turn in the Queen's Plate after chasing his stablemate in vain. Tucci Stables' Johannesburg gelding came back to breeze five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 flat over the Woodbine training track July 21.
Trainer Robert Tiller seeks his first Prince of Wales win since Win City in 2001 with Woodbine allowance winner Power Phil.
Chiefswood Stable homebred Niigon's Glory, with three consecutive runner-up finishes against allowance company at Woodbine, completes the field. Trained by Rachel Halden, the son of Niigon will race with blinkers for the first time.
$500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes (Race 8, 7:47 p.m.), 3YOs, 1 3/16 Miles
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Uncaptured (ON), M Mena, 126, M E Casse
2. Dynamic Sky (ON), J Rosario, 126, M E Casse
3. Spring in the Air (ON), G Boulanger, 121, M E Casse
4. Rackman (ON), J McAleney, 126, N Nosowenko
5. River Seven (ON), E R Da Silva, 126, N Gonzalez
6. Jagger M (ON), S Bridgmohan, 126, M E Casse
7. Niigon's Glory (ON), S R Bahen, 126, R Halden
8. Power Phil (ON), L Contreras, 126, R P Tiller
Equipment Changes: 7—Niigon's Glory—Blinkers On