Las Vegas, NV - Woodbine's turf track will be the scene of the Grade 3 Singspiel Stakes this Saturday, June 23rd. A purse of $150,000 is on the line for horses three years old and upward willing to race 1 ½ miles on Woodbine's turf track.
The Singspiel is race 8 on Woodbine's Queen's Plate card with a post time of 4:16 PM. A strong field of seven has been entered - let's take a look brief glimpse into what brought these seven to this Grade 3 event.
Simmard - Roger Attfield pupil most recently won the Grade 3 Louisville Handicap in impressive fashion to follow a third in the Grade 2 Elkhorn and the in Grade 2 Pan American Stake at Gulfstream on March 24th . Simmard nosed out Newsdad to win the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Stakes on February 26th to open 2012 and had a second to Muskatier at the McKnight Handicap in November to close out 2011. Simmard also holds an impressive second in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine in September and was fourth in this race last year. Sandwiched around the impressive results is a 13th in the Canadian International Stakes October 16th. Placing in all five recent graded stakes starts certainly makes Simmard a name to watch this week.
Muskatier - The other Roger Attfield entry Muskatier is a six time graded stakes winner and comes into the Singspiel having won this race in 2009 and 2011. Muskatier makes his 46th start on Sunday looking for his 11th win. Muskatier had a good 2011 winning three graded stakes races but last time out he finished fourth in the Grade 2 Elkhorn Stakes and before that was a third at the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Stakes at Gulfstream on February 26th. At the end of 2011 Muskatier won the Grade 3 W.L. McKnight Handicap at Calder on November 26th. Prior to those results, Muskatier was a disappointing 6th in the Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine and had a pair of fifths in Grade 2 events at Woodbine as well. He has been inconsistent but loves this race and should be a factor again on Sunday.
Solitaire - finished sixth in the 2011 version of the Singspiel and second in the Singspiel in 2010 but hasn't seen any graded stakes action since. Last time out was a second on this track in an Allowance in June 2nd and before that was a third in a Claiming race at Gulfstream on April 1st. Solitaire has been here before and will be looking to finally break through.
Big Red Mike - has seven straight starts at Woodbine - the last being an impressive wire-to-wire win in an Allowance on June 2nd. He has not won a stakes race since an impressive run in 2010 but looks to be in decent form ahead of the Singspiel.
City Wolf - had a string of four straight wins including the Grade 3 Durham Cup Stakes in October interrupted by a disappointing eighth in the Grade 2 Autumn Stakes at Woodbine on November 12th and an 11th last time out in the Grade 3 Eclipse Stakes here on May 26th. City Wolf has raced just once in 2012 - the 11th place finish in the Eclipse.
Cognashene - has yet to see any graded stakes action but is coming off a win last time out in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track on May 26th. Cognashene has 12 career starts with three wins, two seconds and three third place finishes.
Celtic Conviction -most recently finished fifth in the Allowance Optional Claiming that Cognashene won. Celtic Conviction has raced exclusively at Woodbine and has placed in six of 14 career starts including three wins early in his career.
Race 8 on Woodbine's Sunday card with a Post Time of 4:16 PM.
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||E. Da Silva