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Las Vegas, NV - Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario will be the scene of the Grade 2 Sky Classic Stakes on Sunday, August 16. A purse of $200,000 will be on the line for horses three years old and upward willing to go 1 1/4 miles on Woodbine's turf track.
A field of six will line up in the Sky Classic - race 6 on Woodbine's Sunday schedule. Post time is 3:34 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all six entries for this Grade 2 stakes.
Are You Kidding Me - enters this week on a nice two race win streak - both graded stakes on this track. Last time out was in the Grade 2 Nijinsky Stakes July 19 after his win in the Grade 2 Eclipse Stakes June 7. He finished an OK third in his only other 2015 start - in the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate. Are You Kidding Me finished 2014 with a disappointing sixth in the Grade 2 Autumn Stakes at Woodbine after he posted a decent third after leading the majority of the way in the Grade 3 Durham Cup October 4 and a fifth in the Grade 2 King Edward Stakes in June. He has three graded stakes scores in his career and enters in career best form having placed in all three starts this year. Alan Garcia has the mount trying to keep an impressive streak going - from gate 4.
Mr Speaker - won the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes and Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational in 2014 for trainer Shug McGaughey but has thrown in come clunkers as well. In fact he has failed to place in four starts prior to an Allowance Optional Claiming score last time out - at Belmont Park July 15. He was seventh in the Grade 3 Fort Marcy Stakes in May, fourth in an Allowance at Keeneland April 15, sixth in the Grade 3 Hill Prince Stakes in October and fifth in the Grade 1 Travers in August. Mr Speaker has five wins, a second and a third place finish in 14 career starts but hopes that a win last time out will see him return to the form we saw last summer. Patrick Husbands will be in the saddle from gate 2 hoping for Mr Speaker's first stakes win in over a year in his first start at Woodbine.
Aldous Snow - Malcolm Pierce trainee enters off a career best effort - a win in the 1 1/2 mile Grade 3 Singspiel Stakes on this track July 5 -a race that he won two years in a row. He didn't look great before that - a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming here in June followed a fifth in the Grade 2 Elkhorn Stakes in April, a disappointing eleventh in the Grade 3 River City Handicap at Churchill Downs November 8 and sixth place finishes in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf in September and the 2014 Sky Classic Stakes last August 16. Aldous Snow has 26 career starts with five wins, five seconds and three third place finishes and has placed in his last two starts overall. Eurico Rosa Da Silva gets the call from the outside post 6 Sunday hoping to keep the upward trend going.
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Golden Sabre - has 10 career starts for trainer Malcolm Pierce with three wins, a second and a third place finish. He enters off a good second behind Are You Kidding Me in the Grade 2 Nijinsky Stakes here July 19 which followed an Allowance Optional Claiming score in June and consecutive seventh place finishes - both Allowance Optional Claiming races. He also had an OK third in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Stakes in February, 2014. Golden Sabre has looked good in his only two starts this year and hopes for his first stakes score Sunday from post 3 with Luis Contreras in the irons.
Sky Flight - Mark Casse trained colt had a three race win streak this past winter - the best of which coming in the minor Tropical Park Derby at Gulfstream in December. He went on to consecutive thirds in his only two graded stakes starts - the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Stakes in January and behind Lochte and Departing in the Grade 2 Firecracker Stakes at Churchill Downs in June. Last time out was a bit of a hiccup - a fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Saratoga July 29. Sky Flight has placed in five of seven career starts and has looked OK in limited action. Gary Boulanger has been tabbed to ride Sunday from the rail as Sky Flight looks for his first graded stakes score.
Interpol - Sid Attard trained colt has 11 career starts with three wins and two second place finishes. He enters off a fifth in his graded stakes debut - the Grade 2 Nijinsky Stakes on this track July 19 after two Allowance Optional Claiming scores in his previous three starts. He finished second in his only other stakes start - the minor Breeders' Stakes here a year ago. Interpol has three wins and two seconds in his last seven starts overall and hopes to make a little noise in graded stakes company for the first time.
Race 6 on Woodbine Racetrack's Sunday card with a Post Time of 3:34 PM.
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