Mighty Heart Weaving a Fairytale
Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire
By Emily Shields for TVG
As a one-eyed horse, Mighty Heart would have been popular regardless of his racing prowess. The fact that the unassuming bay colt is going for the Canadian Triple Crown on Saturday, October 24 at Woodbine Racetrack simply adds to the fairytale.
A son of Dramedy – Emma’s Bullseye, by City Place, Mighty Heart is the even money choice for the 1 ½ mile Breeders’ Stakes Saturday, which will go as Woodbine’s tenth on an 11-race program. Mighty Heart debuted at the Fair Grounds this winter and finished fourth in an off-turf contest. He was 10th in his second start, which came on the grass, leading trainer Josie Carroll to put him on the synthetic main track at Woodbine in his third race, July 11. Mighty Heart rolled, scoring by 4 ¼ lengths and earning himself some chatter for the 2020 Queen’s Plate. He was third in his allowance prep, so he went off at 13-1 in the Queen’s Plate itself. Under Daisuke Fukumoto, Mighty Heart stormed home 7 ½ lengths clear, then added the Prince of Wales on the dirt at Fort Erie two weeks later.
There is no shortage of challengers in the $400,000 race, with 11 lining up against Mighty Heart. Stablemate Belichick drew just to his outside; although still a maiden, the Lemon Drop Kid colt out of a Montjeu mare has a turf pedigree and has been improving as the races lengthened. Carroll’s other starter was second in the Queen’s Plate at 26-1.
Trying turf for the first time is Clayton, who second choice in the Queen’s Plate, where he finished third. He is coming off a runner up effort in the Prince of Wales last out, and before that won the Plate Trial over nine furlongs in August. The son of Bodemeister is trained by Kevin Attard.
Although he is 50-1 on the morning line, maiden Enchant Me has a turf route pedigree. He is by Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) winner Magician, and out of a Giant’s Causeway mare. He was second on the turf over a mile two back, then ran sixth while receiving his highest lifetime speed figure in the Prince of Wales last out. Santino DiPaola trains.
The Darwin Banach-trained English Conquerer broke his maiden on the grass here September 19. The son of English Channel has been first and third in four tries on this course, and is rejoined by pilot Emma Jayne Wilson.
Trainer Mark Casse is dangerous in here with two longshots, including 20-1 Muskoka Giant on the outside of the field. The son of Curlin cost $350,000 as a yearling, broke his maiden on the turf here in August, and gets Justin Stein aboard.
As the horse world waits for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland on November 6 and 7, it could be a very special weekend of racing. First, Mighty Heart will bid for a Canadian Triple Crown victory, and just hours later Contrail will try to win the Japanese Triple Crown. Watch and wager on racing from Woodbine and Japan with TVG.
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