Broadway Empire headlines the group. It's no secret that this fella is in Edmonton, with a purpose, for trainer Robertino Diodoro and owners Bob Butz, Randy Howg and Rick Running Rabbit. A well-known veteran railbird has stated... "There hasn't been a horse - of this caliber - stabled at Northlands Park for years and there probably won't be another like him around here for years to come."
Smart Promotion completes, what appears to be, a very potent one-two punch from the Diodoro camp for owner Rick Wiest. Winner of the final Derby prep - The Count Lathum - this colt is undefeated and well-managed moving towards his biggest test to date.
Success Rate, for trainer Dennis Terry and owner North American Thoroughbred Company, has been improving every day while stabled here in Edmonton. After a long distance journey that brought him here for The Count Lathum - where he finished 4th - Success Rate appears to be himself once again and looks to be in fine form heading for the Derby. Expect to see a whole lot more from this fine looking chestnut on August 17!
Possible B.C. invader Shooting Jacket, winner of the Chris Loseth Handicap at Hastings (July 1), hails from the Dino Condilenios barn. Popular jockey Scott Williams rode him to that victory - "I felt like I had a lot of horse the whole way and I just loved it when he started picking up horses on his own," said Williams. "He really took off when I asked him for his best."(Randy Goulding - DRF)
Reporting Star, for trainer Craig MacPherson, looks to be a live wire following two straight 2nd best finishes, in stakes action, at Monmouth Park. Owned by Copper Water Thoroughbred Company, this glamour boy broke his maiden in his first attempt as a 2YO and has yet to finish out of the top three from six starts in 2013.
Title Contender is a graded stakes winner after taking the $100,000 Ohio Derby, on July 27, at Thistledown. Owned by Peter Redekop and trained by Anita Bolton - he could be a factor should the connections decide to send him north of the boarder.
Woodbine-based trainer Mark Casse has nominated a pair - Dynamic Sky and Steel Dust Dancer.
The draw for the Canadian Derby will take place on Wednesday, August 14, at Northlands Park.