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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
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
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.
|1||Deputiformer||Jerry Baird||Mike DePaulo||4-1|
|2||Pronger||Chad Beckon||Mike DePaulo||20-1|
|3||Took the Time||Patrick Husbands||Mark Casse||8-1|
|4||Harlem Rocker||Eibar Coa||Todd Pletcher||2-1|
|5||East End Tap||Elvis Trujillo||Reade Baker||20-1|
|6||Pewter||Richard Dos Ramos||James Bond||20-1|
|7||Not Bourbon||Jono Jones||Roger Attfield||7-5|
|8||Sebastianís Song||David Clark||Alec Fehr||20-1|
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2008 Queen's Plate winner Not Bourbon
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