Wednesday, 16 August 2017 13:29

Canadian Derby Draw Order

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Captain Will

pp1 15/1

Owner: Byron & Rose Kluth
Trainer: Ron Scott
Jockey: Shamaree Muir

A big race on July 29 may have given the connections Canadian Derby dreams with Captain Will. As he stalked a solid pace going a mile and a sixteenth, he took the lead and drew away late to win by six lengths under the wire. Hope had always been high for Captain Will, competing in two stakes as a two year old, and getting another shot in 2017. It may be his latest race where he 'put it all together.

Captain Will is an Alberta homebred by the owners Byron and Rose Kluth. There may be another to watch in his family as his half-brother Moon Dude won his debut by more than eleven lengths, and was a fifth of a second off of the track record.

His sire Wilko was quite the globe trotter. He started his career in Europe before shipping to Lone Star Park and winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Unfortunately, that was his lone victory in North America. He was kept with top company and picked up placings in the Hollywood Futurity, Santa Derby and Big Cap. Wilko even finished second in the Dubai World Cup in 2006. Muir won the 2016 Canadian Derby.

Trooper John

pp2 8/5

Owner: Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd.
Trainer: Tim Rycroft
Jockey: Keishan Balgobin

Five straight wins dating back to his two year old season. Trooper John could not be coming into this race any better with three straight victories as a three year old, with the latest the most impressive. To kick off the 2017 season, Trooper came from well off the pace, split horses in the lane and got up just in time to win the Western Canada. Similar tactics won him the Ky Alta, before he broke sharp battled on the front end and went on to win by nine and a half in the Count Latham. Trooper John can be placed anywhere in the field and still come running. That makes him plenty scary for the Canadian Derby. He was finally the favourite in the Count Latham and will carry that banner on Saturday.

His sire Colonel John also had a huge three year old season winning the Santa Anita Derby and the Travers at Saratoga. With those two wins on his resume, he was a finalist for champion three year old in 2008.

Riversedge Racing Stables and trainer Tim Rycroft won this race in 2015 with the filly Academic.

Big Kaz

pp3 20/1

Owner: Tom Rycroft
Trainer: Tom Rycroft
Jockey: Scott Sterr

An inexpensive claim looking to return big dividends, Big Kaz looks to improve off of his runner up finish in the Grand Prairie Derby. Haltered for just $7,000 at the end of June 2017, he looks to have taken a step forward in his first distance race.

Big Kaz's sire, Big E E won the Withers at Aqueduct as a three year old going a mile. As he progressed in his career, he turned into a solid sprinter, picking up placings in graded sprint events. Big Kaz is one of the lone Alberta breds in the field.

Chief Know It All

pp4 2/1

Owner: Rollingson Racing Stable, Randy Howg, Rick Wiest and Clayton Wiest
Trainer: Robertino Diodoro
Jockey: Rico Walcott

The highest priced claim in Churchill Downs history at $100 ,000, Chief Know It All shows up at Northlands Park for the Canadian Derby.

Chief Know It All started his career at Indiana Downs, breaking his maiden by more than 10 lengths in just his second start. He then shipped over to Churchill Downs at Oaklawn Park where he took on some of the best horses of his generation. He earned a shot in the Southwest, where he finished up behind the eventual Kentucky Derby runner up Lookin At Lee.

After a sharp front running score at Keeneland, he was back at Churchill where he was haltered in his second try back. It looks like he won't be too far away from the pace, but doesn't need the lead to win.

His sire Flashy Bull won the Grade one Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs, and he is the first foal out of an unraced dam.

Of course, the connections are no strangers to Canadian Derby success with Robertino Diodoro sending out the winner in 2013 and 2014 - both ridden by Rico Walcott-Walcott also scored in 2010.

Double Bear

pp5 12/1

Owner: Sycamore Stable
Trainer: Rod Cone
Jockey: Dane Nelson

Burning up the racetrack in the morning Double Bear looks to be coming up to a big race as he heads into the Canadian Derby. Following a big second in the Count Latham, Double Bear has hit the track twice for five furlong drills, and had the top of the morning workout both times.

Double Bear has really come into his own since being stretched out to a mile, and could be the one setting the tempo on Saturday. His sire Kentucky Bear won his debut at Gulfstream Park before finishing third in the Blue Grass at Keeneland. Trainer Rod Cone last won the Canadian Derby in 1998.

Aqua Frio

pp6 3/1

Owner: Peter Redekop B.C., Ltd.
Trainer: Monica Russell
Jockey: Rigo Sarmiento

Aqua Frio has been to the post 12 times, has hit the board in 11 of them, and has never been worse than fourth. Aqua Frio may be the definition of consistent, and ships in to Northlands Park in, what may be, career best form. In his last three trips to the track, he has a win and a pair of seconds all in stakes competition.

Last seen at Emerald Downs finishing second in the Emerald Downs Derby, Aqua Frio arrived locally last week and quickly handled paddock schooling without a problem. He should have a good stamina base as that race is a mile and an eighth, and he will only need to add a quarter mile for this one.

Aqua Frio should be sitting mid pack steadily advancing as the race progresses. Newcomer Rigo Sarmiento has been selected to ride. Aqua Frio is one of the hottest and most sought after sires in North America, Uncle Mo. Brilliant in his two year old season Uncle Mo finished up three for three and won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile going away. In the breeding shed, Uncle Mo has been just as dazzling. He is the sire of Nyquist, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby winner. Aqua Frio was the 30th stakes winner for Uncle Mo.

Dublin Day

pp7 20/1

Owner: Duane Antoine
Trainer: Robbin Martens
Jockey: Rey Williams

Dublin Day clearly loved coming to Northlands Park, as he ran off the board in his first two starts in Arizona before coming here and winning from off the pace at first asking. The Count Latham may have been a little too much too soon following the maiden win as he bounced back in the Grand Prairie Derby finishing third, beaten just a half-length

His sire, Dublin, won the Grade one Hopeful at Saratoga in his two year old season. As a three year old he placed in the Arkansas Derby, Rebel and Southwest. Trainer Robbin Martens won the Canadian Derby last year as an owner with Ready Intaglio. This will be the first Canadian Derby mount for Rey Williams.

Alberta Strong

pp8 20/1

Owner: Bar C 5 Ranch Ltd.
Trainer: Craig Smith
Jockey: Damario Bynoe

While Alberta Strong may have just the lone win to his credit he could relish the added distance today. He doesn't have a quick turn of foot away from the gate, or a flashy one down the lane - but what he does possess is a steady, grinding style that should keep him in contention and give him a chance in the stretch as it looks like he wants to run all day. With the marathon like distance, this could be right up his alley.

Alberta Strong was named following the fires that devastated Fort McMurray and Northern Alberta in 2016. The name was a rallying cry for Albertans as they came together to support one another. How fitting would it be one year later to see Alberta Strong win the biggest race in Alberta.

Based on the quality breeding of Alberta Strong, he could pop up with a big effort. His sire, Arch, has 11 Grade one winners among his progeny, and more than $53 million in purse earnings. The best of his offspring may be Blame, who knocked off Zenyatta in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic. The dam City to City was no slouch in her own right. She was a four time Grade two winner who finished up with eight wins from 32 starts and $729k in the bank. The graded victories for City to City all came on the turf and were between a mile, and a mile and an eighth. Alberta Strong is one of the last by Arch, as he passed away early in 2016.


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