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2008 Prince of Wales Stakes Entries

Drawing the posts with Media and Communications Director Daryl Wells, NHL Rookie of the Year Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, retired jockey Jack Lauzon, and Racing Secretary Tom Dawson.
Date: 07/09/2008

Results are here!

Entries were taken and post positions drawn on Wednesday afternoon for the 73rd renewal of the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. A field of just 7 three-year-olds were entered, headed up by Not Bourbon, entering the $500,000 event off a three-race winning streak, including the Queenston, the Plate Trial, and the Queen's Plate three weeks ago, listed as the 7-5 favorite. Regular rider Jono Jones will be back in the irons on Sunday. In to challenge the Roger Attfield-trained son of Not Impossible is Frank Stronach homebred Harlem Rocker, trained by Todd Pletcher, 2-1 second choice on the morning line. After winning the Withers Stakes at Aqueduct, he bypassed the Preakness to come to Woodbine for the Plate Trial where he was a distant fourth. Stronach felt that the colt did not take to the Polytrack so had him shipped back to Belmont to prep for the Prince of Wales, which is contested on a conventional dirt surface. Regular rider Eibar Coa gets the call again. Deputiformer, fourth in the Queen's Plate last time out but winless since the Cup and Saucer Stakes last October, is the 4-1 third choice on the board and will have regular rider Jerry Baird up on Sunday.

Alezzandro winning the 2007 Prince of Wales Stakes
If Not Bourbon can win on Sunday, he will look for the Triple Crown sweep in three weeks time in the Breeders' Stakes back at Woodbine. The Canadian Triple Crown is unique in that it shares the same distances as its American counterpart, but uses three different surfaces. The Queen's Plate was contested at 1 1/4 miles on Polytrack at Woodbine, Sunday's Prince of Wales Stakes is a 1 3/16 mile dirt race at Fort Erie, and the final leg is the 1 1/2 mile Breeders' Stakes, one complete lap of Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Turf Course on August 3.

Asked about Not Bourbon's chances, trainer Roger Attfield said, "He ran the final quarter (in the Queen's Plate, 24.29 seconds) faster than most horses could. He'll be just fine at Fort Erie. We trained on the dirt at Payson Park in Florida during the winter and he has trained on the dirt (training track) at Woodbine. He's done very well each time." Attfield, already the all-time leader in Prince of Wales victories, will look to extend that lead to 6 on Sunday. Not Bourbon worked a bullet half mile of 47.20 seconds on the polytrack at Woodbine on Wednesday morning, galloping out 5 furlongs in 1:00.80.

Mike Rogers, business manager for Stronach Stables, explained why Harlem Rocker skipped the Queen's Plate, despite a good workout of 58.20 on the Polytrack the week of the race. He said, "It was upside down. The time was good but it was a backwards work. They took off like rockets and didn't gallop out very well after the work. We decided then to skip the Plate and train for the Prince of Wales." Trainer Todd Pletcher added, "Everything is great, he's been training very well. He has no affinity for the synthetic surface and he'll be much better when back on dirt."

Entries for the 2008 Prince of Wales Stakes
The Prince of Wales Stakes, the premier race at Fort Erie, is run at a distance of 1 3/16 miles 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 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. In 2003, Wando won easily en route to his Triple Crown triumph while A Bit O'Gold won as part of his campaign that won him the 3-year-old championship for 2004. 2006 winner Shillelagh Slew and 2007 winner Alezzandro both went on to be named champion 3-year-old male in Canada.

Post time for the Prince of Wales Stakes is Sunday at 4:49PM ET at Fort Erie Race Track. The race will be shown live on The Score network in Canada and at selected simulcast locations across the continent. Free past performances will be available here by Thursday.

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

1DeputiformerJerry BairdMike DePaulo4-1
2ProngerChad BeckonMike DePaulo20-1
3Took the TimePatrick HusbandsMark Casse8-1
4Harlem RockerEibar CoaTodd Pletcher2-1
5East End TapElvis TrujilloReade Baker20-1
6PewterRichard Dos RamosJames Bond20-1
7Not BourbonJono JonesRoger Attfield7-5
8Sebastianís SongDavid ClarkAlec Fehr20-1

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