Seagram Cup Welcomes Past Two Winners
by Frank Angst
Date Posted: 7/31/2013 3:53:25 PM
Last Updated: 8/3/2013 1:18:17 PM

Alpha Bettor won the 2012 Seagram Cup.
Photo: Michael Burns

The past two Seagram Cup Stakes (Can-III) winners are entered to in this year's edition when 2012's Alpha Bettor and 2011's James Street are expected to start Aug. 3 in the 1 1/16-mile race at Woodbine.

Bulldog Racing's Alpha Bettor enters off a third-place finish in the Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) July 1 at Woodbine. Before that effort, the 5-year-old Alphabet Soup   horse picked up the second graded win of his career in the Eclipse Stakes (Can-II) May 12 at Woodbine.

Last year Alpha Bettor, who is trained by Dan Vella, rallied to a half-length victory in the Seagram Cup at 23-1 odds.

Melnyk Racing Stables homebred James Street finished third in last year's Seagram Cup. He enters this year's race for 3-year-olds and older off a runner-up finish in the Dominion Day and a third-place finish in the Eclipse.

The 6-year-old El Prado horse is looking for his first victory for trainer Josie Carroll since taking last year's Autumn Stakes (Can-II) in November at Woodbine.

Ontario-bred Ultimate Destiny, owned and trained by Alec Fehr, is riding a three-race win streak into the Seagram Cup. Runner-up in last year's Prince of Wales Stakes as a 3-year-old, the Dance to Destiny gelding won the restricted Steady Growth Stakes June 15 by a head in his most recent appearance.

Windhaven Farm's Peyton ran second in the Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) in his final start of 2012. The 4-year-old gelded son of Tale of the Cat   won his seasonal debut July 1 in an allowance/optional claiming test at the Seagram Cup distance for trainer Michael Doyle.

$150,000 Seagram Cup Stakes (Can-III, race 8, approximate post time 4:19 p.m.), 3YO&Up, 1 1/16 miles
PP, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Perfect Afleet (KY), T. Pizarro, 117, R. Attfield
2. Patriotcandproud (PA), E. DaSilva, 117, M. Casse
3. Alpha Bettor (KY), J. Stein, 121, D. Vella
4. Any Given Royal (KY), L. Contreras, 117, B. Lynch
5. Ultimate Destiny (ON), T. Kabel, 121, A. Fehr
6. Awesome Overture (ON), J. Campbell, 119, P. Attard
7. Peyton (ON), E. Wilson, 117, M. Doyle
8. James Street (KY), G. Boulanger, 117, J. Carroll



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