The 86th edition of the Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, went off today at Fort ErieRacetrack as eight three-year-old horses squared-off in the 1 3/16 miles event with a purse of $400k.
With three entrants in the race, Trainer Kevin Attard took three out of the Top Four placings in the race with Owners/Breeders Al & Bill Ulwelling‘s HADDASSAH gamely fending-off stablemate HARLAN ESTATE to win by 1/2 a length. Canadian Racing Hall of Famer Gary Boulanger was aboard the win, rewarding bettors with a return of $15.50 from a $2.00 wager. Final time for the race was 1:56.1 minutes.
In his previous attempt, the winning son of Air Force Blue had finished eighth in the Queen’s Plate last month. His win was considered a bit of an upset in what was considered a very evenly-matched field. KEEP GRINDING, trained by Attard‘s father Tino and owned by his son Joshua, finished third.
Unlike last year, the race which is celebrated by locals in Fort Erie as their marquee event, spectators were allowed at limited capacity this year, registering online for spots.
Some Snaps from the day:
The final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes off on the turf at October 3, 2021 at Woodbine Racetrack.