A competitive field of
fourteen is set to go in the 11th running of the $50,000 Da Hoss
Stakes for three year olds and up at one mile this Saturday at Colonial Downs.
Leading the field with an impressive
$564,656 in earnings is the Graham Motion-trained Cherokee Artist. Having
finished in the money in twelve of twenty lifetime starts, Cherokee Artist has
not won since he took the $250,000 Presque Isle Downs Mile in September of
2009. However, he has faced competitive fields in several Grade I and Grade II
races, with his best runs coming in the Gr. III Hanship Cup Handicap at Arlington Park
and the Gr. III Canadian Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park.
Baltimore Bob is back in the
field for a second try, having finished fifth in last year’s running of the
race. The John Secor-trained horse most
recently finished third in two Grade III races and took the Henry Clark Stakes
at Pimlico by a ½ length. His last start, the Gr. II Dixie Stakes, resulted in
a fifth place finish after he ran willingly through the stretch.
Although winless since August
of last year, the Earnie Oare-trained Pick Six has earned over $300,000
lifetime. Having run in the Gr. I Santa Anita Handicap and finished second in
both the Diliberto Memorial Handicap and the Gr. II Mervin Munoz Handicap at
the Fair Grounds, Pick Six appears to add class to the Da Hoss field.
Timeless Fashion, a gelding
who has finished off the board in three of fifteen starts, also looks to add
another stakes victory to his resume. The Thomas Drury, Jr.-trained gelding has
won several stakes, including the Dust Commander, Independence Day, Prairie
Bayou, and Tejano Run Stakes. He has earned over $270,000 lifetime.
Another starter with a $270,000
lifetime bankroll is Vanquisher, who has finished out of the money only once in
four starts this year. He most took third in the Colonel E. R. Bradley Stakes
at the Fair Grounds and the Turf Classic at Tampa Bay.
Colonial Downs fans may be
familiar with another potential starter, Rockaby Bay,
who won the 2009 running of the $50,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes at the New Kent
oval. Trained by 2009 leading conditioner Hamilton Smith, Rockaby Bay’s two
starts this year were both in the money, with a third place in the Henry Clark
Stakes at Pimlico and a second in an allowance race at Delaware. He has won
three times and placed once in four starts at Colonial.
Another starter familiar to local
fans is Frisky Thunder, who ran fourth in last year’s Da Hoss Stakes. The race
was his only out of the money finish at Colonial in eight starts, having won
and placed in both the ’08 and ’09 John D Marsh and the ’08 and ’09 Daniel Van
Despite the Odds, trained by
Michael Trombetta, is looking to take his first win since last year’s Gr. III
Hill Prince at Belmont
Park. The four year old
colt most recently finished second in the Long
Branch and Jersey Derby at Monmouth, while also
finishing fourth in the Gr. I King’s Bishop at Saratoga last summer.
Ferris Allen-trained Dubai
Review looks for his first stakes win in the Da Hoss after coming up short in
the Princeton Stakes at the Meadowlands. The four year old colt has never
finished out of the money at Colonial Downs.
Matthew Moran’s Sarto, who
has earned $132,433 lifetime, has one stakes win on his resume since winning
last year’s Find Handicap at Laurel Park. He has most recently finished third
in the Jennings Handicap and ran fourth in the Native Dancer at Laurel Park
before running an uncharacteristic last in this year’s John B. Campbell
Target Sighted also has hopes
for the Da Hoss Stakes. After breaking his maiden at Penn National, the Jessica
Campitelli-trained gelding took both the Humphrey S. Finney and Maryland
Million Turf before finishing fourth in the Find and Jennings Handicaps. He has
won three of six lifetime starts.
Brother Sy, Hasta Luego, and Olympic Chief are all
attempting their first stakes runs. After finishing in the money in eight of
sixteen lifetime starts, Brother Sy has most recently won an allowance at
Pimlico with Colonial Downs’ own Sheldon Russell aboard. Hasta Luego has earned
over $100,000 lifetime and won his last race out, a $25,000 claiming race. And Olympic Chief, whose only
finishes on the board have come at Colonial, has not won a race since breaking
his maiden at this track two years ago.
The talented fourteen horse
field goes to post in the tenth race of eleven on Saturday, June 12. First post
time is 12:55 PM.