By Keith Pettyjohn — With Santa Anita park cancelling their races for this weekend, that leaves us with a small amount of Graded Stakes Races on tap, five to be exact.
On Saturday Woodbine will host the $1 Million Dollar Ricoh Woodbine Mile. It’s a field of eight including the morning line favorite (M/L 2-1) and last year’s Preakness winner, #8 War Of Will. In his last race on July 10th, he was victorious in the Maker’s Mark Mile at Keeneland.
For his efforts in that race, he earned a Class-Based Performance Rating of 104. His main rival in this contest will be the number #1 horse March To The Arch (M/L 5-2). He’s a seven time winner in twenty-three lifetime starts while earning almost $700,000 lifetime.
In his last effort, winning the King Edward Stakes here at Woodbine on August 15th, he earned a 103 Performance Rating. And the seven year old mare #4 Starship Jubilee (M/L 4-1).
In her last two efforts she earned a 98 while finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Diana Stakes and a 100 winning the Grade 2 Ballston Spa both at Saratoga.
Even though these horses are the main win contenders, there is a horse that I’d like to focus on. And that’s the #6 Admiralty Pier (M/L 10-1). This horse figures to be out on the lead.
And if the lightly raced #3 Shirl’s Speight elects not to go with the speed and apply pace pressure, then Admiralty Pier could set some rather leisurely fractions.
You’ll note that in his last race, the King Edward’s Stakes won by a key rival here today #1 March To The Arch, he set fractions of 23.4 for the opening quarter, 46.1 for the half and 1:09.1 for six furlongs.
That makes his middle splits of 22.1 and 23 flat respectively. If he doesn’t have to expend so much through the first six furlongs, this horse could be very tough to overhaul in the final quarter of a mile
EXACTAS: #6 Admiralty over #1 March To The Arch, #4 Starship Jubilee and #8 War Of Will and #1 March To The Arch and #8 War Of Will over #6 Admiralty Pier
TRIFECTAS: #1 March To The Arch and #8 War Of Will on top adding in #4 Starship Jubilee in second with #6 Admiralty Pier singled in third.
ED. NOTE: Of course, the selection is predicated on trainer Barbara Minshall opting for the higher profile, richer spot, as opposed to the Singspiel, in which he has been cross-entered. He’s 4-1 on the early line in that Grade 3.
With races from several racetracks around the country this weekend, there’s plenty of money making opportunities available. Good luck everybody … “It Only Takes One.”