|Dixie Strike wins the Prince of Wales|
She made a late move to duel for a moment with Roger Attfield's Colleen's Sailor who faded to third in deep stretch. Ultimate Destiny completed an $84.50 exacta by passing Attfield's horse on the rail. The Hall of Fame trainer was looking for his sixth Prince of Wales victory.
I spent the day roaming the grounds at the old race track which seemed to come alive with the biggest crowd I've ever seen there in the past five years. The reserved seating grandstands above the old slots parlor were open for the first time since I've been coming to the track. The place had a great vibe, it's a shame that it could be the last Prince of Wales to run at the border oval.
Some interesting tidbits from the post race press conference, were that trainer Mark Casse really likes the way this filly runs on dirt and he didn't rule out the possibility to bring her to Saratoga for the Grade 1 Alabama. He praised the filly's dam, Noble Strike, a Smart Strike mare, who also was last year's Plate champion Inglorious' mother. I hope he gives her a shot at Saratoga.
He also mentioned that his colt, Prospective, who ran in the Kentucky Derby, will run next in two weeks, either in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga or at Monmouth in the Haskell.
Here are a few photos from my fun-filled day at the Fort:
|A view of the Tiki Bar (and beautiful infield)|
from the Reserved Seat section
|Zingy Zesty won the 4th|
|Grandstand Seating with|
Prince of Wales Dining Room above
|Plenty of brewskis to go around|
|You could get a nice Pork Sammy for $5|
|Melanie Pinto heads over to her mount|
Mountain Echo in the Princess Cup
|Princess Cup champ Mountain Echo|
trying to show me her better side
|Mountain Echo wins by daylight and avenges|
last year's second place finish to My Natalie
|Second place POW finisher|
|Fifth place POW finisher|
|2012 POW Champ Dixie Strike|
|Casse giving Husbands last|
|Third place POW finisher|
|Casse gives Husbands a leg up|
on Dixie Strike
|Fourth place POW finisher|
|Woodbine Oaks champ Irish Mission|
|The blanket awaits Dixie Strike|
in the Winner's Circle
|Passing us for the first time|
|Nakatani and Attfield post-race|
Photo courtesy: Josh W (@BLOJW)
|Casse and Husbands at the|
post race presser
|For the victors:|
"Let Them Eat Cake!"
|Dixie Strike - 2012 Prince of Wales Champion|
Photo Courtesy: Ft. Erie Media Office