Mighty Heart, Belichick Round 3 at Woodbine
Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire
By Emily Shields for TVG
The condensed 2020 racing season at Woodbine Racetrack is coming to a close, with less than a month left. Because of the shortened meeting, there are extra stakes races being packed into the final weekends that normally would have been spread out. On Saturday, the Toronto oval is running four stakes races, including the $125,000 Ontario Derby (G3).
Rival Josie Carroll stablemates Mighty Heart and Belichick will meet for the third time this year. In the first round, Mighty Heart won the Queen’s Plate by 7 ½ lengths. After he added the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie, the Triple Crown hopeful met his stablemate again in the Breeders’ Stakes over 1 ½ miles on the grass. Belichick, a maiden no longer, prevailed by four lengths, while Mighty Heart ran a lackluster seventh.
This nine-furlong race on the main track will be a welcome return for Mighty Heart, who is two for three with a third on this course. The son of Dramedy picks up jockey Rafael Hernandez for the first time. Belichick, who will be guided by Luis Contreras, will have to prove he can win on the main track. The son of Lemon Drop Kid has improved with every start.
The Canadian Triple Crown is restricted to horses bred in that country, but the Ontario Derby is open. Field Pass, who drew the rail, is a Maryland-bred. He was third in a pair of Grade 2 events at Churchill Downs and Santa Anita after winning four stakes races earlier this season, including a Grade 3 at Keeneland. Mike Maker trains the invader, another son of Lemon Drop Kid.
Lucky Curlin is one of two hopes for trainer Mark Casse. The son of Curlin worked a bullet half mile here on November 12 in his first start since running second in the Toronto Cup on the grass. That was his first start since July. Patrick Husbands will ride. The other Casse runner is longshot Deviant, a son of hot sire Daredevil.
Malibu Mambo drew the outside stall of the field of eight. Kevin Attard trains the son of Point of Entry, who has won twice and been second once in four starts on the track. He was good enough to run second by a head in the Coronation Futurity last year, then went to the sidelines until June. In just his second start of 2020, Malibu Mambo put it together and won by three lengths in allowance company. Justin Stein will ride.
Dune of Pilat and Mnemba Island complete the field. Watch and wager on all of the stakes racing from Woodbine live with TVG.
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