Horse Racing

Ami's Holiday early favourite for Sunday's Breeders' Stakes

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The Canadian Press
8/14/2014 5:25:32 PM
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TORONTO -- Ami's Holiday is the early 2-1 favourite for Sunday's $500,000 Breeders' Stakes thoroughbred race.

Twelve Canadian-bred three-year-olds will contest the third jewel of the Triple Crown but for the 11th straight year, no horse will be celebrating the coveted trifecta after Queen's Plate winner Lexie Lou skipped the Prince of Wales Stakes in late July.

Wando in 2003 is the last horse to win the Canadian Triple Crown.

Ami's Holiday, who will make his turf debut from Post 8 on Sunday, is the lone horse in the field that ran in both the Queen's Plate (2nd) and the Prince of Wales (3rd).

Owned by Toronto's Ivan Dalos, Ami's Holiday will be ridden by Luis Contreras.

"We made a last-minute decision to enter him," said trainer Josie Carroll. "He worked (out) extremely well on the turf. He really seemed to take to it and we thought he deserved to give it a try."

Carroll will also saddle Keen Gizmo.

Stronach Stables' Unikat, trained by Brian Lynch and ridden by David Moran, is the 4-1 second choice.

Lynch will also saddle J.M. Stritzl Stable's Squeeze the King on the mile-and-a-half E.P. Taylor Turf Course.

Trainer Mark Casse, a six-time Sovereign Award winner who celebrated his first Plate win this year with Lexie Lou, will send out Stoneway Farm's East Side as he seeks a second Breeders' win.

The field, with post position, horse, jockey, trainer and odds, includes:

1. Keen Gizmo, Omar Moreno, Josie Carroll, 12-1; 2. Niigon Express, Patrick Husbands, Paul Attard, 6-1; 3. Sine Metu, Gerry Olguin, Tom O'Keefe, 10-1; 4. Squeeze the King, Eurico Rosa da Silva, Brian Lynch, 10-1; 5. Big Red Bugsy, Emma-Jayne Wilson, Ian Black, 12-1; 6. East Side, Justin Stein, Mark Casse, 20-1; 7. Bangkok, Gary Boulanger, Phil Gracey, 15-1; 8. Ami's Holiday, Luis Contreras, Josie Carroll, 2-1; 9. Smart Spree, Steve Bahen, Mark Frostad, 12-1; 10. Unikat, David Moran, Brian Lynch, 4-1; 11. Milwaukee Flash, Sheena Ryan, Mike Doyle, 30-1; 12. Interpol, Jesse Campbell, Sid Attard. 20-1.

Post time at 5:12 p.m. ET. The winner earns $300,000. All horses carry 126 pounds.

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