Horse Racing News by Bill Tallon
Hippolytus, runner-up in Woodbine's Queen's Plate at 61-1, has been made the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Sunday's $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.
Reggane trailed the field of 10 with slightly more than five furlongs to run but launched a steady rally which carried her to a one-length victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine.
Redwood, making his second transatlantic journey in just over a month, was back at Woodbine on Tuesday evening and has been made the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Grade 1, $2 million Canadian International.
The Usual Q.T., one of three California shippers, drew post 11 at a ceremonial draw for Sunday's Woodbine Mile in the trackside tent here Thursday afternoon.
Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. has been down the Woodbine Mile road on three previous occasions, including second-place finishes with the late Kip Deville in 2007 and with Rebel Rebel in 2006.
Big Red Mike, a front-running winner of Woodbine's Queen's Plate on July 4, will be looking to add the second jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown to his portfolio here in Sunday's Prince of Wales Stakes.
Kent Desormeaux, who had flown in from New York to ride Hold Me Back for trainer Bill Mott in Thursday's $216,400 Dominion Day Stakes, was taken off his mount by the stewards after failing a breathalyzer test.
Once upon a time, the Victoria Park Stakes was considered a prep for the Queen's Plate.
Points of Grace, Canada's champion female turf horse in 2009, is slated to make her first start since last Oct. 31 in Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Nassau Stakes.
Awesome Rhythm had a very productive spring here at Woodbine in 2009, putting together a stakes triple in open two-turn races for 3-year-olds.