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Post Time: Breeders' Stakes not for the birds

By Gene Kershner 

Beaten a half-length by Midnight Aria in the Queen's Plate, Up With the Birds (6-5) will look to bounce back in the win column in Sunday's $500,000 Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. The 1 1/2-mile race on the Woodbine turf is the final jewel of Canada's Triple Crown. Uncaptured, a dirt specialist, won the second jewel, the Prince of Wales, at Fort Erie Race Track last month defeating River Seven, the only horse scheduled to run in all three legs of the Crown.  

The field of 10 attracted seven newcomers to the Canadian Triple Crown trail and of the starters, five are geldings. There are no fillies entered in the race. Sam-Son Farms would hold the record for most wins by an owner in the race by notching its sixth should the morning line favorite Up With the Birds come through with a victory. Eurico Rosa da Silva, will retain the mount on the Stormy Atlantic colt for the sixth time. 

Trainer Malcolm Pierce decided not to run Up With the Birds in the Prince of Wales to point him towards the 123rd edition of the Breeders' Stakes. "He's had no reason for time off. I just felt it was the right thing to do by the horse," Pierce told the Woodbine media office. "We decided to take a pass on the Prince of Wales and point to the Breeders' and have a very fresh horse to go a mile and a half," said Pierce.

Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield will be seeking his ninth Breeders' win, holds the current record for trainer wins, will run Global Express (5-2), a Street Sense colt making just his fourth career start.He broke his maiden on the grass going 1 3/8-miles impressively last month winning by over eight lengths after two starts on the Polytrack.

River Seven (8-1), trained by Nick Gonzalez, will look to improve on his second place finish at Fort Erie, losing by only a length to the highly talented Uncaptured. The versatile gelding owned by Tucci Stables will look to show his versatility on all three surfaces. The son of Johannesburg will be ridden by Plate-winning jockey Jesse Campbell who will ride him for the first time. Da Silva rode River Seven in the Prince of Wales and opted for Up With the Birds.  

Pyrite Mountain (6-1) returns after a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Plate, shows two straight bullet workouts on the turf and could be coming into the race sitting on a big one. If his morning line sticker of 6-1 manages to hold by post time, he could be the value horse in the race. Trainer Mark Frostad held out to the Woodbine media that his hors may favor the grass. "This horse is probably better on turf than he is on any other surface. We got in a lot of trouble (in his first turf start), but what convinced me that he's a good turf horse is the way he closed in that race when he finally got loose. He closed a lot of ground in the stretch. I think he'll be much better on the turf. He's ready for this dash,” he said.

Post Time Outlook: 1-Pyrite Mountain; 2-Up With the Birds and 3-Global Express

The field for the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes - Sunday August 18 at Woodbine Racetrack

PP

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Odds

1

Pyrite Mountain

Frostad

Boulanger

6-1

2

Scipio

Baker

Wilson

12-1

3

Global Express

Attfield

Contreras

5-2

4

Highland Bay

McClachrie

Stein

20-1

5

Up With the Birds

Pierce

da Silva

6-5

6

Faithful Rose

Singh

Dos Ramos

30-1

7

Bookies Nightmare

Costigan

Moran

20-1

8

Dragon Puff

DiPasquale

Pizzaro

30-1

9

River Seven

Gonzalez

Campbell

8-1

10

Who's Mr. Hughes

Keogh

Moreno

20-1

 

Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer, is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and tweets @EquiSpace.

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