The Pizza Man Takes On Eight in $300,000 Northern Dancer
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Fri 12/09/2014 - 18:47 EDT
On Sunday at Woodbine, the track will host the 9th edition of the $300,000 Northern Dancer. The Grade 1 event will be run at one and a half miles on the turf and has drawn a field of nine colts and geldings.
Headlining the field as the 2-1 morning line favorite is The Pizza Man for trainer Roger Brueggemann. The five-year-old gelded son of English Channel is a perfect three for three this year and has won his last five starts. He was last seen winning the American St. Leger at Arlington Park. Regular rider Florent Geroux will be aboard and the pair will break from the inside post. A Grade 3 winner, he has only won once outside of his home state of Illinois.
Aldous Snow a horse for the course
Second choice at odds of 3-1 is Aldous Snow for trainer Malcolm Pierce. The locally-based five-year-old gelded son of Theatrical is a homebred for owner Sam-Son Farm and has won four of his 21 lifetime starts, all of which have come at Woodbine. He was last seen finishing sixth in the Sky Classic (G2) and will be reunited with jockey Eurico Da Silva who was in the irons for his last win in June. The pair will break from post position seven.
Up and coming Karibou Gardens going for two in a row
Also in the field is Karibou Gardens at morning line odds of 4-1. Bred and owned by Eugene Melynk, the four-year-old son of Flower Alley made his stakes debut a winning one last time out for trainer Josie Carroll with a minor upset victory in the Sky Classic (G2). He has now won four of his eight lifetime starts and is going for his third consecutive victory. Luis Contreras will be back aboard and has been the pilot for all but one of his four wins. They are slated to break from post four.
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