Saffron Dancer (Ire) ships in from Canada off a victory in the Flaming Page at Woodbine. Leased by Diana Holland and Peter Bradley III, the daughter of Bin Ajwaad is trained by Michael J. Doyle.
Northwest Farms' Strikes No Spares makes her marathon debut in the Dowager. Trainer Richard Lundy learned his early lessons from legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham, who was a master at winning long grass races. The three-year-old daughter of Storm Strike could be the upset special.
The Dowager field from the rail out: Volga (Ire) (Day), Ornate (Joe Johnson), Strikes No Spares (Eddie Martin, Jr.), Lapuma (Larry Melancon), Dangerous Girl (Jeff Johnston), Sunscreen (Mark Guidry), Sweet and Red (Elizabeth Butler), San Dare (Willie Martinez), Saffron Dancer (Ire) (Robby Albarado), and Pelusada (Chi) (Calvin Borel).