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Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Connaught Cup comes our way from Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, May 30. Horses four years old and upward will take to Woodbine's turf track and go seven furlongs searching for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse.
10 older entries will give it a go in the Connaught Cup Stakes - race 8 on Woodbine's Saturday schedule. Post time is 4:45 PM. Let's take a look into the past performances of all 10 entries for this Grade 2 stakes.
Something Extra two time winner of this race, Gail Cox trained gelding had five starts last year - a terrific win in the Grade 2 Highlander Stakes in July followed a second behind Excaper in the 2014 Connaught Cup in May and a third, just a length back in the Grade 3 Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland April 12. He was second in the minor Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, fourth in the Grade 2 Play the King Stakes at here in August and ended 2014 with a tenth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. Something Extra has looked good in his two starts this year - a third last time out in the Grade 3 Twin Spires Turf Sprint May 1 followed a nice win in the Grade 3 Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland in April. Eurico Rosa Da Silva will be in the reins of the 123 pound top weight from the rail trying to keep his good 2015 form going.
Excaper - defending champion in this race has been OK since that win. In 2015 he has two starts but failed to place in either - a sixth last time out in the Grade 3 Appleton Stakes March 28 followed a fifth in the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Stakes in February - both results at Gulfstream. He ended his 2014 campaign with consecutive runner-up finishes - the minor El Parado Stakes and the minor Labeeb Stakes. Excaper also had a second in the Grade 2 King Edward Stakes a year ago and a second in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. He looks for his first win in 14 months Saturday having recorded five wins, nine seconds and a third place finish in 24 career starts. Excaper arrives at Saturday's test off a series of strong works including a bullet four panel breeze in :46.80 over the Woodbine training turf on May 24. David Moran gets the call hoping to break a long losing streak - from gate 8.
Phil's Dream - Sovereign Award 2013 as Canada's Champion Sprinter has placed in his last 12 starts overall (all on this track) including six wins, four seconds and a third place finish over that span. He won the 2013 Grade 1 Nearctic Stakes here but hasn't actually won here since the minor Ontario Jockey Club Stakes in June (four starts). Phil's Dream enters on the heels of consecutive runner-up finishes - the New Providence Stakes in May and an Allowance in April and hopes to get back in the winner's circle Saturday. Justin Stein has been tasked with accomplishing that goal from gate 2.
River Seven - multiple stakes winning Ontario bred gelding had an impressive three race win streak at the end of 2013- the minor Harlan's Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream in record setting form, the Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs and the minor Labeeb Stakes at Woodbine in October but finished a disappointing tenth in the Donn in February. He had a win last time out in the minor Labeeb Stakes here in October followed consecutive fourths - the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile in September and in the Grade 2 Sky Classic on this track August 18. Before that was an OK third in the Grade 2 Nijinsky Stakes, a fourth in the Grade 2 King Edward Stakes here June 22 and a disappointing seventh in the 2014 Connaught Cup May 31. River Seven looks to build on a nice win last time out but hits the track for the first time since October. Jesse Campbell has been tabbed to ride from post 7 Saturday.
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Dimension - British bred Dimension posted a win at 10-1 odds with a 102 Beyer Speed Figure in the 2013 Play the King Stakes and has been OK since. Last time out was a fifth in the minor Elusive Quality Stakes at Belmont Park April 29 which followed a tenth in the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita in March and a disappointing twelfth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. Before that was a good win in the minor Kentucky Downs Turf Dash September 24, a third in the 2014 Grade 3 Play the King Stakes, an ugly ninth in the 2014 Grade 2 Connaught Cup and a second in the Grade 3 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland in April. Dimension has 28 career starts with five wins, six seconds and a third place finish. He looks to place in a race for the first time in four starts and to regain his summer/2014 form when he leaves from post 9 with Luis Contreras guiding him.
Golden Sabre - has eight career starts for trainer Malcolm Pierce with two wins and a third place finish. He enters off consecutive seventh place finishes - both Allowance Optional Claiming races here which followed an OK third in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Stakes in February, 2014 and an eighth in his graded stakes debut - the Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf at Churchill Downs November 16, 2013. Golden Sabre has placed in just one of his last four starts, hits the track for the first time since September and looks to be overmatched in this one. Alan Garcia has the mount from post 3.
Conquest Top Gun - Mark Casse trained colt has placed in six of seven career starts - three wins, a second and two third place finishes. He makes his graded stakes debut off an Allowance Optional Claiming score here May 9, a third in a similar race at Santa Anita April 10 and a nice win in his only stakes action to date - the minor Victoria Park Stakes on this track last June. Conquest Top Gun as been in every race of his career so far - more of the same is expected Saturday. Patrick Husbands gets the call from post 5.
Chart Topper - has three wins and a third place finish in eight career starts for trainer Ricky Griffith. He makes his graded stakes debut off an ugly seventh in an Allowance Optional Claiming way back in August, a third in the minor Paradise Creek Stakes at Belmont Park in May, 2014 and a pair of Allowance scores to start his 2014 campaign. Chart Topper looks to regain his early/2014 form and for his first stakes score when he leaves from gate 4 with Tyler Pizarro in the saddle.
Eminent Force - won a couple of Allowance races last summer (one on this track) but has since reeled off three straight fourth place finishes. Last time out the fourth came in the minor Labeeb Stakes here October 26 after an Allowance Optional Claiming October 10 and the minor OLG Halton Stakes in August. Eminent Force has three wins and two seconds in 12 career starts and looks to place in stakes company for the first time Saturday. Jockey Gary Olguin has that huge task when they depart from gate 6.
Lockout - Mark Casse pupil is coming off an Allowance score at Churchill Downs November 16 which followed a pair of sixth place finishes - the Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes here in October and the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile in September. Before that was a good second behind Kaigun in the Grade 2 Play the King Stakes here August 10 after an OK third in the Grade 3 Highlander Stakes here July 6, a fifth in an Allowance in June and an Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track in May. He now has nine graded stakes starts with a pair of seconds and a third being his best results. Lockout has placed in just one of his last three starts overall but that was a victory last time out. Gary Boulanger will be in the saddle from the outside post 10.
Race 8 on Woodbine Racetrack's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:45 PM.
|1||Something Extra||E. Da Silva||G. Cox|
|2||Phil's Dream||J. Stein||P. Buttigieg|
|3||Golden Sabre||A. Garcia||M. Pierce|
|4||Chart Topper||T. Pizarro||R. Griffith|
|5||Conquest Top Gun||P. Husbands||M. Casse|
|6||Eminent Force||G. Olguin||P. Nielsen|
|7||River Seven||J. Campbell||N. Gonzalez|
|8||Excaper||D. Moran||I. Black|
|9||Dimension (GB)||L. Contreras||C. Murphy|
|10||Lockout||G. Boulanger||M. Casse|
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