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Ross McLeod Stakes, Jim Coleman Province Stakes this weekend


May 10, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

The 2nd running of the $50,000 Ross McLeod Stakes for 3-year-old fillies will dominate the spotlight in an eight-horse field Saturday at Hastings Racecourse. Mr. McLeod was the founder of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, the parent company of Hastings Racecourse. He was a compassionate horse owner and a great friend of racing.

Goldstryke Glory has been listed as a morning line co-favourite (2-to-1) as she makes her Hastings debut for trainer Anita Bolton. Jockey Scott Williams will ride Goldstryke Glory Saturday as she makes her Hastings debut after having raced three times at Woodbine last year and finishing second to Leinan in the $155,000 Glorious Song.

Goldstryke Glory faces some stiff competition in the 6-furlong sprint with the likes of I Think So (8-to-5) and I Want to Dust Her (9-to-2). I Think So won a $40,000 maiden claiming race on February 21 at Fair Grounds and finished second to Tread in a $50,000 optional claimer on March 21. It was following that race when Glen Todd made a private purchase, which means this years leading rider Aaron Gryder will get the call.

I Want to Dust Her, trained by Lenore Dubois, was named 2-year-old filly Champion last year after winning the Sadie Diamond and Fantasy (dqd) with Richard Hamel in the irons and returning to ride her Saturday.

A six-horse field is set for Sundays $50,000 Jim Coleman Province for 3-year-olds with Bridge Jumper listed as the 2-to-1 favourite but there is ample talent involved as is indicated by the rest of the morning line odds: Proud Victor (3-to-1), Im Not Gray (4-to-1), Glenco Kid (7-to-2), Tracker (9-to-2) and Stormin for Becka (6-to-1).