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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Stately Victor Back on Synthetic in Dominion Day

10 April 2010. Stately Victor and Alan Garcia win the 86th running of the Grade I Toyota Bluegrass Stakes.
Friday's Grade 3 Dominion Day Stakes from Woodbine has attracted a field of eleven and Polytrack specialist Stately Victor attempts to rebound on preferred footing.

Stately Victor finished up the track in his last two graded turf routes but is eligible to go much better on Polytrack. He captured the 2010 Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland, along with the Ontario Derby at Woodbine last year, and has placed in two other synthetic stakes, the Fayette (G2) and Prairie Bayou, all on Polytrack. 

Trainer Mike Maker gives Victor Lebron a return call aboard the four-year-old son of Ghostzapper.

Roger Attfield's Don Cavallo is a live wire in this spot. The tactical threat likes Woodbine and enters in fine form.

Finishing a bit more than a length behind Don Cavallo in the May 28 Eclipse (G3) was So Elite for trainer Mark Casse. He landed the place behind Stately Victor in the Ontario Derby and could be rounding back to form. 

Casse also has James Street. The inproving son of El Prado has won his last three local all-weather routes and gets a class check in his stakes debut.

Southdale landed the show in this event last year but disappointed in both 2011 outings. He did show some signs of life (blinkers on) last time and can spring forward in his third start off a layoff.

Longboarder is probably the one to catch for the productive Joe Bravo/Michael Matz team. The sharp colt exits back-to-back wins at Delaware and Keeneland and might get brave if able to scamper away early.

Center Divider handled Keeneland's Polytrack just fine in an off the turf marathon win for his new trainer Chad Brown on April 27. He shows a pair of Saratoga training track bullets for this and should get a stern class test.

Alcomatch is another stepping up from the optional claiming ranks. Christophe Clement trains the Smart Strike colt and his lone local effort resulted in a Wando Stakes place finish last year.

Michael DePaulo excels first off the claim and he nabbed recent local turf winner Laureate Conductor for $62,500 on June 12. The grass specialist was unplaced in his lone start on an all-weather surface.

Mint Chip makes his first start for Michael Doyle and the late runner has tallied three times on synthetic.

Rounding out the field is Perfect Bullet. The seven-year-old horse has not won in more than two years and is hard to recommend in his current form.

The ten furlong, $200,000 Dominion Day goes as the 8th race at Woodbine on July 1st and they are scheduled to leave the starting gate at 5:21pm ET.


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