There will be no bid for a Canadian Triple Crown this year as Breaking Lucky came from last and pulled a 13-1 upset in the Prince of Wales Stakes July 28 at Fort Erie, denying Queen's Plate winner Shaman Ghost by a neck.
Ten older turf runners will face off in an evenly drawn edition of the Nijinsky Stakes, including two German imports making their first starts in North America
Kevin Warner's Quiet Force, a sharp $40,000 claim in March 2014, comes from just off the pace to win the Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT). The son of Dynaformer will likely start in next month's Arlington Million (gr. IT)
Triple Threat, a game winner of the Monmouth Stakes (gr. IIT) in his U.S. debut, heads the cast for the $100,000 Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 11 in Arlington Heights, Ill.
Tested by a strong stretch run to his inside from Dynamic Sky, Aldous Snow proved up to the challenge as he held off that rival to win the $150,000 Singspiel Stakes (gr. IIIT) for a second straight year.
Charles Fipke's homebred grade I winner Java's War will look to return to winning form in the $150,000 Singspiel Stakes (Can-III) July 5, his first graded try since his 3-year-old season in 2013.
Trainer Mark Casse, a seven-time Sovereign Award winner as Canada's top conditioner, will try for a second consecutive Queen's Plate win July 5.
Trainer Josie Carroll will seek a third victory in Canada's most famous race when saddling Ivan Dalos' homebred Ami's Flatter in the $1 million Queen's Plate July 5 at Woodbine.
Danish Dynaformer closed gamely to win the $150,000 Plate Trial by three-quarters of a length June 14 at Woodbine, but the Queen's Plate prep race was marred by the fatal breakdown of Danzig Moon.
Despite a slow start, Innovation Economy became a stakes winner when he reeled in favored Unitarian to take the $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational June 5 at Belmont Park.
Sam-Son Farm homebred His Race to Win, a two-time grade III winner, will make his 2015 debut in the $200,000 Eclipse Stakes (Can-II) June 7 at Woodbine.
Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Red Rifle, a front-running type, will carry the field a long way in the June 5 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational Stakes at two miles on the Widener Turf Course.
John Oxley's Lockout swiftly accelerated through the final sixteenth at Woodbine May 30 to post his first graded stakes win in the $200,000 Connaught Cup (Can-II), his first start of the year.
Conquest Curlinate has been withdrawn from the list of challengers to dual classic winner American Pharoah in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and instead will be pointed toward the July 5 Queen's Plate.
Something Extra will look to avenge a tough loss from last year when he goes to post in this year's edition of the $200,000 Connaught Cup (Can-IIT) at Woodbine May 30.
Stuart Janney III's Ironicus made the best of his stakes debut, rifling through the stretch to claim the $300,000 Longines Dixie (gr. IIT) May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.
The 2014 Arlington Million winner will step straight into the highest level of competition for his first start of the year, and takes on 2014 Man o' War victor Imagining May 9 at Belmont Park.
The longest price on the board delivered a game performance at Keeneland April 18, 30-1 shot Dramedy putting pressure on frontrunner My Afleet all the way around and then just holding off the late charge of Dynamic Sky.
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Robert Evans' Unitarian will attempt to become the fourth horse to win the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (gr. IIT) in consecutive years April 18, when he faces 10 rivals at Keeneland.
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Colio Estate Winery have announced a three-year partnership which includes the southern Ontario winemaker offering a red carpet experience for the Queen's Plate.
Gary Barber's Lexie Lou was named Canada's 2014 Horse of the Year the evening of April 10 during Sovereign Award presentations at Woodbine near Toronto.
Phipps Stable's homebred Imagining finally returned to the winner's circle, snapping a five-race losing streak and proving best in the $150,000 Pan American Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park on March 28.
Shared Belief did what was expected of him in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 7, blowing an overmatched group of horses away with ease.
The field for the $1 million, 1 1/4-mile Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 7 is full, but beyond headliner Shared Belief, the race lacks the potential star power that appeared to be possible when nominations came out.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|County Lineman||Vladimir Cerin||
|Dynamic Sky||Mark E. Casse||
|His Race to Win||Malcolm Pierce||
|Jagger M||Ronald W. Puhl||
|Kaigun||Mark E. Casse||
|Midnight Aria||Nicholas Gonzalez||
|Pyrite Mountain||Todd A. Pletcher||
|River Seven||Nicholas Gonzalez||
|Spring in the Air||Mark E. Casse||
|Up With the Birds||H. Graham Motion||
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