ROAD TO QUEEN’S PLATE REVS UP TODAY
KING AND HIS COURT, the early Queen’s Plate favourite based on his win in the Coronation Futurity and Display Stakes, will start his trek to the Queen’s Plate today at Tampa Bay Downs.
The Ontario bred by Court Vision, now owned by Gary barber, is making his first strat on the dirt and his 10th career start. He raced for Alex Patykewich last year for his first7 races before he was sold provtaely.
King and His Court was bred by Robert and Patricia Weber.
STATE OF HONOR lines up beside his stablemate (both are trained by Mark Casse) and he is an Ontairo bred for Manfred and Penny Conrad, who raced Leavem in Malibu last year on the Plate trail. A very large son of To Honor and Serve, State of Honor is a speed marchant who was 2nd in the Coronation and recently second in a GUlfstream Park stakes race to Sonic Mule.
Saturday, Tampa Bay Downs, post time: 4:45 p.m. EST
SAM F. DAVIS S.-GIII, $250,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m
PP HORSE SIRE OWNER TRAINER JOCKEY ML
1 State of Honor To Honor and Serve Conrad Farms Casse Leparoux 8-1
2 King and His Court Court Vision Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber Casse Boulanger 8-1
3 Fact Finding K The Factor M Tabor, M.V. Magnier, D Smith & Stonestreet Stables Pletcher Velazquez 9-2
4 Chance of Luck Skipshot J J Brevan Stable, LLC Bennett Allen, Jr. 15-1
5 Six Gun Salute K Colonel John Casner Racing, LP and Equilette Harty Morales 30-1
6 Wild Shot Trappe Shot Calumet Farm Arnold, II Albarado 5-1
7 Tapwrit Tapit Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Tbred Partners & R LaPenta Pletcher Ortiz 8-1
8 McCraken Ghostzapper Whitham Thoroughbreds, LLC Wilkes Hernandez, Jr. 2-1
9 No Dozing Union Rags Lael Stables Delacour Centeno 4-1
Breeders: 1-Manfred Conrad & Penny Conrad, 2-Patricia Weber & Robert Weber, 3-Nursery Place & Partners, 4-Mikhail Yanakov, 5-Susan Casner,
6-Calumet Farm, 7-My Meadowview LLC, 8-Whitham Thoroughbreds, LLC, 9-Mr. & Mrs. M. Roy Jackson
CANADIAN-BRED WINNER – 4th-GP, $41,000, Alw, (NW3L)/Opt. Clm ($35,000), 2-10,
4yo/up, 6f, 1:10.65, ft.
HAMMERS VISION (g, 4, Court Vision–Baytree, by Forestry), third in the 2015 GII Saratoga Special S. in his first try on dirt,
checked in second in the Better Talk Now S. on the Saratoga lawn last summer and missed by a nose next out when switched
back to the main track at Belmont Sept. 24. Fourth in the grassy English Channel S. in Elmont Oct. 23, he was sixth when last seen
in the seven-panel City of Laurel S. on the main track Nov. 19 and wassubsequently gelded. Bet down to even-money
favoritism for this 2017 debut, the bay ran near the back of the bunch early, launched a two-wide bid for control entering the
lane and kicked clear late to score. It was one-length back to J S Bach (Tale of the Cat) in second. Sales history: $35,000 RNA
Ylg ’14 FTKJUL; $47,000 Ylg ’14 FTKOCT. Lifetime Record: GSP,
O-Terry Hamilton; B-Donver Stable (ON); T-Brian A. Lynch
ONTARIO RACING WEBINAR – LETTER OF INTENT DISCUSSED
Ontario Racing published the executed Letter Of Intent (LOI), the nonbinding legal document which underpins the proposed long-term funding agreement for horse racing in Ontario. A webiinar was held on Friday at 2 p.m. to outline the LOI and take some questions. There is a link below to listen to the webinar: