Top Contenders in Form for Grade 2 Autumn Stakes
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Sun 08/11/2015 - 10:26 EST
The Grade 2, $200,000 Autumn Stakes is the featured race Sunday, November 8 at Woodbine as a field of nine is set to contest the mile and one sixteenth event over the all-weather track in a wide-open betting affair.
Favoritism goes to Lukes Alley (5/2), who has been a consistent visitor to the winner’s circle in his career, recording 7 victories in 11 starts for trainer Josie Carroll. The five year-old son of A.P. Indy finished second last out in the Grade 3 Durham Cup Golden Sabre and gets the chance to avenge that defeat as both are entered in the Autumn Stakes. Lukes Alley has finished first or second in seven straight starts and has finished off the board in just two career starts. He will try to repeat as winner of the Autumn Cup and looks for the third graded stakes victory of his career.
Golden Sabre goes for second straight graded win
Golden Sabre is the 3/1 second choice on the morning line choice after winning the Durham Cup October 3 at Woodbine. The winning effort followed a pair of consecutive runner-up finishes in the Grade 2 Nijinsky and Grade 2 Sky Classic. The gelded five year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro has won 4 of 12 career starts and will be ridden by Emma Jayne Wilson breaking from post 8.
Carroll with a second live runner
Josie Carroll will also saddle 4/1 shot Karibu Gardens who will break from the far outside with Luis Contreras at the controls. Karibu Gardens, a five year-old son of Flower Alley, has finished second and first respectively in his last two starts while facing allowance foes, but will likely need a better effort against these classier rivals. He won the Grade 2 Sky Classic in 2014, before finishing out of the money in his next two stakes tries to close the year. This will be his first stakes run of 2015.
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