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Post Time: Friday racing notebook

By Gene Kershner 

It's a big racing weekend at the Spa and at Arlington Park, both tracks with major races that will impact key divisions in thoroughbred racing. The $600,000 Grade 1 Alabama Stakes will be the featured race this weekend at the Spa, where nine 3-year-old fillies will look to win the 134th edition of the race named after William Cottrell of Mobile, Alabama. Cottrell was a captain in the Confederacy who bred horses in Mobile.

Arlington Park has a splendid card of turf racing, although the Million only drew seven horses. The Secretariat and Beverly D. are also key races on the Arlington undercard.

Here are some notes and thoughts as we take a spin around the racing world….

- Larry Collmus was announced as the new voice for NYRA, succeeding Tom Durkin who will call his last race at the Spa on Aug. 31, the day before the current meeting ends. Collmus will give up his gig at Churchill Downs at the end of this year's Fall meet and continue as the caller at Gulfstream Park through the end of March.  He will assume duties at NYRA in April, calling the last month of races at Aqueduct. After the Big A spring meet ends he will assume the duties at Belmont and Saratoga through the Belmont fall meeting before heading back to Gulfstream.

- Collmus will retain his duties calling the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup for NBC.  John Imbriale will take over duties at Belmont this fall while Collmus wraps up his duties at Churchill and he will also retain calling at the Big A winter meet up through the end of March.

- Last year's 3-year-old Canadian Horse of the Year Up With the Birds drew post No. 5 in the Million and was given 6-1 odds on the morning line.  The morning line favorite is the defending Breeders' Cup Turf winner Magician (7-5) and the second choice is last year's Million winner Real Solution (5-2).

- The Grade 1 Secretariat looks to be morning line favorite Adelaide's for the taking, however a horse that intrigues me in this group is Sheldon, a 3-year-old son of Purim owned by Capital Region-based Ninety North Racing Stable. He was starting to make up ground on the leaders in the Belmont Derby and was stalled at the eighth pole before finishing fifth, just over four lengths behind Mr. Speaker.  Adelaide finished second in that race by a neck.  Top turf jock Javier Castellano will ride Sheldon for the first time.

- Todd Pletcher who won his first Alabama last year with Princess of Sylmar will have the morning line favorite in Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) winner Stopchargingmaria for Repole Stable. She will face challenges from CCAO runner-up Unbridled Forever, the Pletcher-trained Got Lucky and Delaware Oaks (G2) winner Fortune Pearl.  Hall of Famer John Velazquez will be aboard the favorite.

- Since 1971, fifteen winners of the Alabama S. were voted Eclipse winners in the 3-year-old filly division.

- There were 15 horses nominated to the Travers, which will be drawn next Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. Included in the nominations is Prince of Wales and Canadian classic winner Coltimus Prime, who shipped to the Spa earlier this week to test the Saratoga dirt for trainer Justin Nixon.

- The big names nominated for the Mid-Summer Derby include Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist, Jim Dandy winner Wicked Strong and the aforementioned Belmont Derby winner Mr. Speaker who won that turf race at a mile and a quarter.  Fountain of Youth winner Wildcat Red was nominated, but looks like he will head to the 7-furlong King's Bishop on the undercard where he will be extremely tough to beat.  Other notable nominees include Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve and Dwyer winner Kid Cruz.

- Good news for Fort Erie Race Track according to its new owners. It sounds like Paladino and crew will keep things status quo at the track and are eyeing the development possibilities the 200 acres around the track offer.

Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer, is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and tweets @EquiSpace.

Lancaster raceway ends its stock car program

By Larry Ott

After nearly six decades of stock racing competition at Elegant Builders Raceway Park in Lancaster, the engines have now been silenced.

Due to what he described as financial difficulties with the stock car program, EBRP promoter Ralph Galluzzi has canceled the stock car racing program effective immediately at the Gunnville Road facility.

The decision to end the stock car program does not affect the IHRA weekly drag racing, cruise nights or other non-stock car events which will continue to be run as scheduled. More cruise nights may be added on Saturdays to fill the void in the schedule left by the stock cars' departure.

The paved facility, known in previous years by other names, most notably Lancaster National Speedway, was built and opened for stock car racing in 1959.

After years of glorious fields of cars and filled grandstands, the decline has been slow and steady. In recent times, often 30 or fewer cars were coming out to race and the grandstand crowds were often sparse.

There is a strong possibility that the long-running Sunoco Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110, which was part of this Saturday's EBRP schedule, could still be run in mid-September as one last stock car gala event.

Post Time: Friday racing notebook

By Gene Kershner

It's somewhat of a sleepy summer racing weekend with two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan skipping this weekend's Fourstardave at the Spa after winning the last two editions. Recovering from colic surgery in May, the two potential races for the champ are the Bernard Baruch (Aug. 30) at the Spa or a return to Canada for the Woodbine Mile (Sept. 14). We're a week away from the Alabama S. and two weeks out from the Travers S. which is shaping up to be a fairly healthy field.

Here are some news and notes from around the track…

- Queen's Plate winner Lexie Lou will reemerges this weekend to try the turf in the $250K Wonder Where Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday at the same 1 1/4-mile distance for trainer Mark Casse. This will be the filly's turf debut after consecutive victories in the Woodbine Oaks and the Plate. She's bred for the grass as her dam, Oneexcessivenite, won four of 18 starts of which three wins came on the turf.  More importantly, her sire Sligo Bay, a son of the great Sadler's Wells, is a Grade 1 winner on the grass.

- Speaking of Queen's Plate winners, Midnight Aria will make her first start since last year's Plate in a $50K starter allowance at Woodbine. Jesse Campbell will retain the mount on the 7-5 favorite who will take on seven others in the one mile race.

- Bob Baffert announced that Haskell Invitational winner Bayern is pointed towards the Travers on Aug. 23. He won impressively at Monmouth after a dominating performance in the Woody Stephens on Belmont Stakes day. The last Haskell winner to win the Travers was Point Given in 2001, also trained by Baffert. Summer Bird (2009) was the last Travers winner to come out of the Haskell. Several horses in recent years have sputtered coming out of the Haskell including Coil (2011) and Verrazano (2013).

- Another esteemed turf writer passed away this week who was also a Buffalo native and graduate of UB Law School. Vic Zast, 69, died on Aug. 3 of pancreatic cancer in Chicago after many years as an entrepreneur, a marketer and a turf writer. I sat with him and his wife, Maureen, two years ago today at the 2012 Hall of Fame Ceremony at his beloved Saratoga and we swapped Buffalo stories. He was a Bills fan through and through and was always wearing a smile. He was the first to tell me I was elected into the NTWAB in 2012 as I hopped on the media bus at the Derby, a moment I'll never forget. He wrote "The History and Art of 25 Travers" and produced a six-part series for the Golf Channel in 2011. Zast never missed a Breeders' Cup in the 30-year history of the event.

- Speaking of the Hall of Fame, two terrific horses, Ashado and Curlin will be inducted this morning into the National Museum Racing Hall of Fame's Class of 2014. Jockey Alex Solis and trainer Gary Jones will join the two horses as inductees in the ceremony being held in the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs. Curlin still holds one of my favorite racing moments when he made the turn at the top of the stretch in the slop at Monmouth Park to win the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic as a 3-year-old on his way to back-to-back Horse of the Year honors. The acceleration and sheer power he exhibited at that moment in the race was like none other I've ever witnessed.

- With Palace Malice's poor showing in last weekend's Whitney Stakes, the Horse of the Year race is wide open with a number of horses in the running for the honors. It will likely come down to a showdown of some big-name horses including California Chrome in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 1 that could decide who will corral this year's Eclipse. Palace Malice will point next to the Woodward Stakes to try and recover some of the steam he built coming into the Whitney. Will Take Charge is also pointing toward the Woodward.

-Today is Aug. 8 (8/8), otherwise known as Crazy Eights day in my book. The 8 horse in the 8th race at Saratoga this afternoon is named Fantastic Eyes (6-1), it's also my eldest daughter's birthday and she happens to have fantastic baby blue eyes. Can you say hunch bet?

Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer, is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and tweets @EquiSpace.

Running notebook: Can't we all get along?

I saw a story on Facebook this week that grabbed my interest. It seems that after a recent race, a local runner taunted another local runner after beating her by saying, "You'd better get used to it." The second runner had a good comeback - it was her third race of the day.

One of the best qualities about local road racing is the amount of encouragement and support runners give each other. All right, maybe there's an exception that proves the rule. Let's hope that she learns there's always someone better out there, and that it's easier - and better - to stay humble and nice.

That's the sermon for the day. Now let's move on to the weekend calendar, courtesy of buffalorunners.com:

* Soaker 7.7 KM, 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd. in Buffalo, 7 p.m. tonight, 250-6494. If nothing else, you are sure to set a personal best at the distance. Local fire departments will be there to make sure runners are, um, hydrated.

* TRZ Races, various, Firemen's Grounds on Hazzard St. in Frewsburg, 9 a.m. Saturday, 397-2519.

* Erie County Fair 5K, Fairgrounds in Hamburg, 9 a.m. on Saturday, 649-3900. Wagering will not be allowed, even though this finishes on the Buffalo Raceway track.

* Christine Padasak Memorial - Autism Awareness 5K, 393 North St. in Springville, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 949-4072.

* Greg Stang Memorial 5K, Bassett Park in Williamsville, 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, 597-9090.

-- Budd Bailey

Regan on U.S. Team for Worlds

Williamsville native Emily Regan will be gunning for a fourth gold medal at the international level when she competes for US Rowing in the straight four at the 2014 FISA World championships in Amsterdam Aug. 24-31.

Regan, a 2016 Olympic hopeful, made the team despite a spring season that saw her waylaid by illiness and injury. Doubtless her track record influenced the decision. She was on the U.S. four that won gold at the 2011 worlds and was victorious at the 2013 worlds with the women's eight. She also won gold at the 2010 Under-23 worlds. Her rowing career began at Michigan State, where she was the 2010 Big Ten Rower of the Year.

"It never gets old," Regan said via a Michigan State release. "It's a thrill to represent your country. I'm looking forward to getting into the boat with my teammates and seeing what kind of speed we can attain by the time we get to Amsterdam.

"It was a really rough spring. I got reall sick, and right after that had some injury issues. It just felt like one thing after another. . . . It's a relief, to be honest, now that the team is named."

Regan is the sister of UB basketball forward Will Regan. She will be in the bowl seat of the straight four at the worlds.

Post Time: Friday racing notebook

By Gene Kershner 

The calendar has flipped to August and the dog days of summer are upon us which means great racing around the country. Saratoga and Del Mar are in full swing, Monmouth's big day is already behind us and we are three weeks away from the Travers and Pacific Classic.

It was impressive to see the large turnout at Fort Erie on Tuesday afternoon, track officials estimated between 8,500 and 9,500 fans showed up for the second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown won by Coltimus Prime.

The track was hopping like it was in its glory days and fans were betting with both fists as handle was up 34% versus last year's Prince of Wales day, also run on a Tuesday. With no major competition around North America, the border oval was being keyed in on at simulcast facilities as the go-to track. Where else on a Tuesday night can you find a $500,000 race?

The infield at the Fort is one of the more beautiful ones around and is a testament to the grounds crew there with the limited funding that the track has available. The walking ring is also one of the more unique paddocks around with old trees and a close proximity to the fans who can see every horse up close and personal.

Saratoga has a monster card on Saturday which includes three Grade 1 races on tap at the historic race track. The card is highlighted by the purse-enhanced $1.5 million Whitney Invitational that has attracted nine horses, including seven that have earned over $1 million in career earnings.  The winner will earn a spot in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic under the "Win and You're In" program.

It will mark the 87th running of the Whitney, a 1 1/8-mile race that will be nationally televised by NBC (Ch. 2, 4:30 p.m.) tomorrow afternoon along with the Grade 1 $500,000 Test for 3-year-old fillies.

Palace Malice (Even) is attempting to become the 13th horse to complete the Met Mile-Whitney double, but will have some tough competition in last year's 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge (4-1) who defeated him in last year's Travers Stakes.

In the Grade 1 Test, run at 7-furlongs, Sweet Reason (3-1) is the morning line favorite coming off a big win in the Acorn on Belmont Stakes day for trainer Leah Gyarmati. Her main competition will come from Southern Honey (4-1), who has won against older fillies and mares and second-place Acorn finisher Sweet Whiskey (6-1) who will have Hall of Famer Johnny Velazquez in the irons for Todd Pletcher.

The other Grade 1 on the card is the 6-furlong Alfred G. Vanderbilt which is headed by the 5-2 morning line favorite Palace, who has established himself as one of New York's top sprinters. He comes out of the Belmont Sprint Championship on Stars & Stripes day where he finished second behind the talented Clearly Now in that Grade 3 contest.

One horse in the field of eight that should be familiar from the Triple Crown trail is Vyjack (15-1) who will cut back to the shorter distance and will try against older males for the first time.

The late Pick-4 will start with the Vanderbilt in Race 8 and will include all three Grade 1 races and culminates in the $100K Lure S. on the inner turf. Former Travers winner Alpha (2-1) is entered as a Main Track Only (MTO). If the race comes off the turf it would be his first race since a Grade 2 effort at Gulfstream in February.

Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer, is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and tweets @EquiSpace.

Running notebook: Fast action

Runners at Wednesday's Ronald McDonald House 5K received a lesson on just how fast emergency responders get to work.

The race started on Ferry St. in Buffalo at 6:30 p.m. At 6:31 p.m., a call went to 911 that a fire was spotted at Elmwood Ave. near Lafayette. By the time runners had gone on Elmwood for a couple of blocks (only a few minutes had elapsed), emergency vehicles could be seen and heard coming up Elmwood. Very impressive.

A few runners on Bidwell Parkway were stopped to make room for an emergency vehicle, but the brief interruption wasn't much of an inconvenience - especially under the circumstances. Some runners reported they did smell smoke while running.

Let's hope that this weekend's races will be have clear sailing. This list is from buffalorunners.com:

* Taste of Lancaster - Fire Fighters for Food 5K Run, 1 Pleasant Ave. in Lancaster, 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, 684-4818. The beginning and end bring back memories of the July 4 run. In between, I get to run past my late father's workplace and wave as a little tribute.

* Beer & Bacon 5000, 5K, Island Park in Williamsville, 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, 390-5703. There could be a speech about how bacon and running aren't natural allies. However, since most races serve hot dogs or pizza in postrace parties, you'd have to say bacon is more of a change of pace in this case.

* Pennies to Heaven, 5K, 767 Ridge Road in Lackawanna, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 863-2684. This twisty race has a new day of the week, moving to Saturday night.

* St. Christopher Summerfest 5K, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Tonawanda, 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, 216-4103. Two Saturday night races at the same time? That's very unusual.

* Tofurky Trot, 5K, Rose Garden at Delaware Park in Buffalo, 11 a.m. Sunday, 348-8346. It's part of the WNY VegFest. Bacon probably won't be on the menu.

* Telegraph Road Race, Bates and Telegraph Road in Medina, 2 p.m. Sunday, 549-5100. This novel concept for a race has survived for a few years. Runners put on headphones and listen to "Telegraph Road" by Dire Straits while running on Telegraph Road. When the music stops (14 minutes and 18 seconds), they stop. I have the song on my mp3 player, and it's good company.

-- Budd Bailey

Post Time: Filly takes on the boys in Haskell

By Gene Kershner 

Trainer Steve Asmussen has been here before.

In 2009 he brought super-filly Rachel Alexandra to challenge the boys at the Shore in the Haskell and she thrashed the competition on her way to being Horse of the Year as a 3-year-old. Of course, she had faced the boys in the Preakness before, so making short work of them was old hat at that point.

On Sunday afternoon at Monmouth Park in the summer meeting's premier race, the filly Untapable will take on eight colts to follow in the footsteps of his trainer's ace filly. Like Rachel, Untapable already has the Kentucky Oaks and Mother Goose under her belt, but will take on the boys for the first time.

She's had a lot of success at 8 1/2-furlongs, her only win at the Haskell distance of 9 furlongs is in the Kentucky Oaks against her brethren to don the Lilies the day before California Chrome staked claim to the best 3-year-old in the land. The daughter of Tapit will have something to say about that on Sunday afternoon should she beat a decent group of colts, headlined by Woody Stephens winner Bayern (5-2).

The son of Offlee Wild will look to give trainer Bob Baffert a record-increasing 7th victory in the signature race at Monmouth. He's trained five of the last nine winners and Bayern comes off a dominating 7 1/2-length romp in the 7-furlong Stephens against a formidable group. The question with Bayern is can he handle the extra distance where the best he's finished is third.

A horse that can thrive at the distance at speed-favoring Monmouth is Wildcat Red (10-1) who was a game second in the Florida Derby at the same distance. His connections picked this spot over the closer-stacked Jim Dandy and to me that is a sign that they have confidence in the D'Wildcat colt. I think he'll be a big factor in the race.

With the amount of speed in the race, one colt you can't count out is Medal Count. He's yet to establish himself in a big race, but he's faced big excuses every time he's run and Sunday just maybe his day. The Dynaformer colt has the breeding and stamina to overtake the speed in the race late. He finished a length behind the two front-runners in the Belmont and there's no reason to think he won't be around to overtake the filly on Sunday afternoon.

Post Time Outlook: 1 - Medal Count; 2 - Wildcat Red: 3 - Untapable

Here's the field for the Grade 1 Haskell InvitationaL: 

  Haskell Post Positions    
PP Horse Trainer Jockey Odds
1 Encryption Breen  Lopez 20-1
2 Bayern Baffert Garcia 5-2
3 Albano Jones Clark 6-1
4 Irish You Well Catalano Lezcano 12-1
5 Just Call Kenny McBurney Bravo 10-1
6 Social Inclusion Azpurua Prado 8-1
7 Untapable Asmussen Napravnik 2-1
8 Wildcat Red Garoffolo Saez 10-1
9 Medal Count Romans Albarado 8-1

Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer, is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and tweets @EquiSpace.

Post Time: Prince of Wales draw complete

By Gene Kershner

FORT ERIE -- This afternoon the post position draw for the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes was held at the Racing Office on the backstretch of Fort Erie Racetrack. The Honorable Douglas Martin, Mayor of Fort Erie was the guest drawmaster and the field of 10 horses was set for Tuesday evening's second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.

The richest dirt race run in Canada will be part of a twilight card with the feature race going to post at 7:40 p.m. for the 79th time. The race run at 1 3/16-miles will be run on a Tuesday evening for the second straight year at the venerable race track affectionately known as the border oval.

 

Ami's Holiday was established as the 9-5 favorite by track handicapper and master of ceremonies Michael Dimoff for trainer Josie Carroll. Her horse is coming off a second-place finish in the Queen's Plate earlier in the month at Woodbine.

It may be one of the first appearances at the Fort for well-traveled jockey Chantal Sutherland-Kruse who will ride Rhythm Blues (8-1) for Fort Erie-based trainer Nick Gonzalez.

Mark Casse, who won the last two editions of the race, enters two horses including Matador (3-1), the second choice and East Side (6-1). Casse won his first Queen's Plate with Lexie Lou, but decided to pass on the second jewel for his star filly and will most likely run her next out west at Del Mar. 

This year marks the fourth year in a row that the Plate winner will skip the Prince of Wales. Here's a look at the post draw for Fort Erie's biggest race of the year:

  Prince of Wales Post Positions    
PP Horse Trainer Jockey Odds
1 East Side Casse Stein 6-1
2 Ami's Holiday Carroll Contreras 9-5
3 Ascot Martin Keough Campbell 20-1
4 Matador Casse Husbands 3-1
5 Money Talks Tharrenos Olguin 20-1
6 Coltimus Prime Nixon da Silva 12-1
7 Smart Spree Frostad Wilson 20-1
8 Lynx Lynch Pennington 5-1
9 Rhythm Blues Gonzalez Sutherland-Kruse 8-1
10 Lions Bay Attard Moran 5-1

Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer, is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and tweets @EquiSpace.

Post Time: Dandy formidable prep race for Travers

By Gene Kershner 

In the past 16 years, the winner of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes has emerged as the Travers champion 10 times and in four of the last five editions. Last year was the lone exception, although the runner-up, Will Take Charge went on to win the Midsummer Derby and later claim the 3-year-old champion Eclipse Award.

That's some interesting statistics and will most horseplayers will have a keen eye towards the Saratoga Race Course on Saturday afternoon when six colts and a ridgling will head to the gate in the 1 1/8-mile $600,000 race.  The 51st edition of the Dandy will feature the Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist (8-5) who will look to add a third straight graded stakes victory to his improving ledger.

With California Chrome off for some rest and relaxation on the left coast, this weekend will be the opportunity for several horses to step forward to start challenging his stranglehold on the 3-year-old division. The Grade 1 Haskell Invitational is on Sunday at Monmouth and has also attracted some high-end sophomores.

Tonalist's chief competition will come from Wicked Strong (2-1), the fourth place finisher in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. The Wood Memorial winner will look to rebound for trainer Jimmy Jerkens.

Here is a look at the field (post position, trainer, jockey, ML odds in parenthesis) for Saturday's feature:

1 - Cousin Stephen (Brown, Velazquez, 12-1) Best finish in a graded stake was a third in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby for the son of Proud Citizen. He comes out of an allowance win at Parx and seems to be in over his head with this group as he is stepping way up in class.

2 - Legend (Bond, Saez, 12-1) The only ridgling in the field had a twisted testicle that was removed after he raced in Florida, and he immediately rebounded to win in New York and finished second to Kid Cruz in the Easy Goer on Belmont day. An improving 3-year-old who could be used underneath in superfecta plays at best.

3 - Ulanbator (Wilkes, Leparoux, 15-1) Longest shot in the field for trainer Ian Wilkes finished third to Kid Cruz on Stars and Stripes Day at Belmont in the G3 Dwyer after having trouble at the break. Has only one win in seven starts and is another that seems to be in deep waters here.

4 - Tonalist (Clement, Rosario, 8-5) His Triple Crown death ray went mostly overlooked in the Sunday papers after the Belmont, but after further inspection he ran a superb race. He's been off since then and training well for Christophe Clement, mainly known for his turf horses. Rosario in the irons has struggled to win so far early on at the Spa. He's giving four pounds to Kid Cruz and six to Commanding Curve.

5 - Kid Cruz (Rice, I. Ortiz, Jr., 8-1) Will be at juicy odds for trainer Rice who has loved the way her fast closing horse has responded after a dull effort in the Preakness. May be maturing at just the right time and the distance seems to suit him perfectly. May be the right price to pull the upset, just not sure if there's enough pace for him to close into.

6 - Commanding Curve (Stewart, Bridgmohan, 5-1) Disappointing ninth place finish in the Belmont after looking like a million bucks the week before the final jewel of the Triple Crown. Like the Tonalist and Wicked Strong, it will be the son of Master Command's first race back off that lackluster effort. He's rebounded off other clunkers in his career, so which Curve will we be thrown on Saturday? His workouts appear sharp, but like Kid Cruz, he'll need some early pace to run into late.

7 - Wicked Strong (Jerkens, Maragh, 2-1) Jerkens sticks with Maragh and was established as the second choice on the morning line and assigned the same weight as Tonalist. He'll wear blinkers for the first time which may have him closer to the pace. The wide post doesn't help going quickly into the first turn and he joins the other two closers in the race.

Looking at race shape, I can't see anything other than Tonalist as the lone speed in the race and he should be able to control the pace much of the way. Playing him on top of the three closers in a trifecta appears to be the best bet.  Bet: $5 Trifecta Key 4 over 5, 6, 7 (cost $30).

Post Time Outlook: 1 - Tonalist; 2 - Kid Cruz; 3 - Wicked Strong; and 4 - Commanding Curve

Check back later this afternoon for the post positions and morning line odds for this year's Prince of Wales Stakes, scheduled for Tuesday July 29 at Fort Erie Race Track.

Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer, is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and tweets @EquiSpace.

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