SARATOGA SPRINGS – The draw for the 80th running of the $500,000 Prince of Wales was completed at Fort Erie Race Track this afternoon. Queen’s Plate winner Shaman Ghost (7-5) will seek to add the second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown to his resume on Tuesday night at the border oval. The Plate winner drew Post No. 4.
The race is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28 and drew slim field of seven 3-year-olds bred in Canada that will run one mile and three-sixteenths on the main dirt track. The Guest Draw Master this afternoon was Hugo Dittfach, five-time winning jockey of the Prince of Wales Stakes, his last coming in 1967.
It is the first time since Big Red Mike in 2010, that the Plate winner will be present for the second jewel at Fort Erie. The Canadian Triple Crown is run at the same distances as the American Triple Crown, the only difference is the surface changes with each leg. The Plate is run on Polytrack at Woodbine and the final leg, the Breeders’ Stakes is run on the turf, also at Woodbine.
The second and third-place finishers in the Plate, Danish Dynaformer (9-5) and Conquest Boogaloo (4-1) are both entered in the race, as well as Breaking Lucky. Mark Casse also entered Field of Courage (8-1), a horse he likes on the dirt along with Boogaloo.
Roger Attfield will be seeking his sixth training win in the Prince of Wales with Danish Dynaformer, his last win came in 2005.
The draw for this year’s Prince of Wales is as follows:
|Prince of Wales Post Positions|
|3||Field of Courage||Casse||Da Silva||8-1|
|7||Cut to the Chase||Nosowenko||Contreras||15-1|
The News will be on site in Fort Erie on Tuesday night with an advance on the morning of the race. First post on Tuesday evening is at 4 p.m. and the Prince of Wales is scheduled to go to the post at 7:40 p.m.
Gene Kershner, a Buffalo-based turf writer, is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, and tweets @EquiSpace.