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2004 Prince of Wales Stakes Entries

Jockey Monique Dionne wearing the silks of last year's winner Wando adds the final runner to the board at the draw.
Date: 07/14/2004


Today the entries were taken and post positions drawn for the 69th running of the Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of Canada's Triple Crown. A field of only seven three-year-olds were entered headed up by Niigon, winner of the Queen's Plate three weeks ago. Also back from the Queen's Plate are A Bit O'Gold (2nd), Just in Case Jimmy (4th), His Smoothness (5th), and Copper Trail (9th). Two new horses joined in this time: Picadilly Bay, 5th in the Victoria Park, and One to Celebrate, an allowance winner last out. If Niigon can win ths year, he will go into the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine, with a chance to win the $500,000 bonus for sweeping all three races.

Jockey Francine Villeneuve and Craig Ramsay, assistant coach of the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, assist track announcer Daryl Wells with the post position draw.
The Prince of Wales Stakes, the premier race at Fort Erie, is run at a distance of one mile and three sixteenths with a purse of $500,000. Many excellent horses have won the race including Triple Crown winners Canebora, With Approval, Izvestia, Dance Smartly, Peteski, and just last year Wando. Dance Smartly is also the dam of Scatter the Gold who won the Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales then just missed in the Breeders' Stakes in 2000. Her daughter Dancethruthedawn also won the Plate in 2001 but finished second in the Prince of Wales to Win City. Last year, Wando won easily en route to his Triple Crown triumph.

Niigon winning the Queen's Plate
This year's Queen's Plate winner Niigon will have a rematch with Plate runner-up A Bit O'Gold in the Prince of Wales. It is no surprise these two were made the morning line favorites at even odds and 7-5 respectively. So far the matchup has been even, with A Bit O'Gold defeating Niigon in the Plate Trial by 3 1/4 lengths and then Niigon turning the tables three weeks later in the Plate, prevailing by 3/4 length after a protracted battle down the Woodbine stretch. A Bit O'Gold's trainer Catherine Day-Phillips said, "There are certainly others to consider, so I'm not sure it's a rematch, but I'm certainly anxious to see him have another shot." Day-Phillips will ship him in Friday morning, school him in the paddock that afternoon, then take him out for a gallop over the track Saturday morning. As for Niigon, he has remained at his owner Bob Krembil's farm since the Plate, working six furlongs in 1:14 last Friday over the private training track there. Jockey Robert Landry said of the work, "It was the first time I've been on him since the Plate and he did it the right way. He was nice and strong. He's bright-eyed and a very happy horse." Trainer Eric Coatrieux will ship in the son of Unbridled to Fort Erie on Friday and gallop him on Saturday.

Post time for the Prince of Wales Stakes is Sunday at 5:08pm ET at Fort Erie Race Track and the race will be shown live on The Score in Canada.

Below are the entries for the Prince of Wales Stakes. All horses carry 126 pounds.

1Just In Case JimmyRoger AttfieldRichard Dos Ramos8-1
2One to CelebrateReade BakerRui Pimentel12-1
3NiigonEric CoatrieuxRobert Landry1-1
4A Bit O' GoldCatherine Day PhillipsJono Jones7-5
5His SmoothnessJim DayJim McKnight20-1
6Copper TrailJim DayNa Somsanith20-1
7Picadilly BayJohn RossDavid Clark20-1

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