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.
Following-up on this success of his victory in the Queen’s Plate “one-eyed wonder” MIGHTY HEART repeated the feat in the second leg of Canada’s Triple Crown, the $400k Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Racetrack today!
Unlike his wire-to-win earlier this month at Woodbine, Jockey Daisuke Fukumoto had the Dramedy colt, owned and bred by Larry Cordes, rate off the pace today before collaring rival CLAYTON who stalked the lead, at the top of the stretch. The final time for the race was 1:55.5, more than two seconds off the track record for 1 3/16 miles. The betting public bet him down as the favourite at $0.85 to the dollar, rewarding his backers with $3.70 per two-dollar wager. CLAYTON finished second under Rafael Hernandez and DOTTED LINE completed the top three under Justin Stein.
Trainer Josie Carroll, whom last took the Prince of Wales Stakes in 2016 with Amis Gizmo, continues to have a prolific 2020 season. She is poised to take the third and final leg of the Triple Crown with MIGHTY HEART, the race to be contested at 1 1/2 miles on the E.P. Taylor turf course at Woodbine on October 24, 2020. His only attempt on the grass in March at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, resulted in a tenth place finish, although he has improved drastically since then.
See the race here:
Queen’s Plate winner MIGHTY HEART was much the best while taking the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.