MILES and MILES
By Mike Bish
Having a horse shipped across the country for a race is a tough task, but having one ship over from a different continent puts a whole different meaning on the phrase, “How far will you go?”. That will be the case for Horsted Keynes, a 4 year old French bred gelding son of Giant’s Causeway, who is named after a village in England meaning the place of horses. One of two entries for trainer H. Graham Motion Horsted Keynes has run every one of his 10 lifetime starts in England winning 4 of them.
The rest of the field of 12 plays out like an NHL divisional playoff series with many of the competitors having already faced off in previous events.
Allie’s Event, a fourth place finisher in this races 2010 edition is back for another round, last time out Allie’s Event ran 2nd versus Motion’s other runner in the race I’ll Call who finished third in an allowance race on August 17th. Viva Lad, trained by Mike Trombetta, won that race and will also compete in the one mile contest.
Another duo of A.P. Cino and Mezzano have traded punches running together twice. Once in an allowance race at Laurel won by Mezzano, and the other in a stake at PARX where A.P. Cino ran 2nd while Mezzano finished 5th.
Developer comes into the race having run second to I’ll Call back on July 13th; however, the Arnaud Delacour trainee won his last start at Presque Isle Downs on August 17th.
Shug McGaughey returns to Erie after winning a six furlong allowance here on July 3rd with Admiral Perry a six year old who has tallied four lifetime wins from 27 starts for $211,009 in purses.
Decisive Moment, who has been running in south Florida, will make the journey up the east coast to Pennsylvania in hopes of a victory. Sporting the highest bankroll of any other runners, Decisive Moment has run 33 times winning four times and racking up $788,556 in purses.
Joha is a 4 year old colt, who is no stranger to stake races. His last 15 starts have all been stakes of which he has won two.
Havelock trained by Darrin Miller has an impressive stakes resume and will take on the field with intentions of visiting the winner’s circle. The 7 year old gelding won the 2011 and 2013 $150k Grade 3 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland but seems to be more of a turf specialist.
The Presque Isle Mile will be run as the 6th race on Sunday night with a post time of 7:40.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
By Mike Bish, Presque Isle Downs
A field of 12 horses from far and wide will be competing in the 8th running of Presque Isle Downs richest race “The Masters Stakes” Monday, September 8th.
Master The Blues is no stranger to the Erie oval, the 5 year old mare has 10 trips over the Tapeta surface resulting in 3 wins before being privately sold and shipped out west to Delmar, California where she won the $90k Daisy Cutter Handicap on August 8th. Three-time Kentucky Derby winning rider Kent Desormeaux will make the trip to ride.
A trio of West Coast invaders will follow. Living The Life is an Irish bred 4 year old filly who before winning her first and only start in the U.S., an allowance race at Del Mar, raced strictly in England racking up five wins from 19 starts. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who also won the Derby aboard Giacomo in 2005 will be the pilot.
Madame Cactus a 4 year old filly who finished 2nd in the Grade 3 $150k Rancho Bernardo Handicap in southern California, and Sushi Empire a three year old filly, round out the west Coast entries.
My Option, who defeated local filly Disco Barbie in the G3 Chicago Handicap, is shipping in to once again square off with her familiar foe, but this time Disco Barbie has home field advantage. The Dale Capuano trained filly is 3 for 3 winning impressively on the Presque Isle surface, and gets Antonio Gallardo, the track’s leading rider to boot.
Northern Passion , the Ontario bred Mark Casse trained 4 year old filly, has accumulated the most in purse winnings with five wins in 17 attempts for a total of $641,988. She has already defeated Youcan’tcatchme in the $100k Sweet Briar Too Stakes at Woodbine. Youcan’tcatchme’s trainer Nick Caruso trained last year runner up PURLEY HOT and looks to be a factor in this year’s event.
Ageless brings an impressive eight win record out of 14 starts to Northwestern Pennsylvania including three stake wins in a row taking the $100k Giant’s Causeway Stakes at Keeneland, The $100k Very One Stakes at Pimlico and the $150k Royal North Stakes at Woodbine.
The Arnaud Delacour trained 5 year old mare will be making her first start on an artificial surface after winning four times apiece on grass and dirt.
Two Local runners round out the field Significant Bling, a speedy 4 year old trained by Tim Hamm, and Ryan Walsh’s Cactus Kris who has never missed the board while running here.
Walsh stated “I’m very excited to be in the race. My filly likes this track and I think she will run well.”
Post time for Monday night’s feature race is approximately 7:40.
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