Pink Lloyd odds-on in Kenora

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Alex Camp­bell

ETOBICOKE, On­tario – Pink Lloyd will be look­ing to record his sixth con­sec­u­tive stakes vic­tory Wed­nes­day as part of Cana­dian Mil­lions Sales Stakes Day at Woodbine, a lu­cra­tive card fea­tur­ing $900,000 in purses across six stakes races for grad­u­ates of the lo­cal year­ling sale.

Pink Lloyd recorded his fourth triple-digit Beyer Speed Fig­ure of the sea­son when he won the Shep­per­ton Stakes with a 101 Beyer over 6 1/2 fur­longs on Tapeta on Aug. 12. He is the 3-5 morn­ing-line fa­vorite for the $125,000 Kenora Stakes at six fur­longs on Tapeta for 3-year-olds and up.

Trainer Robert Tiller said the 5-year-old son of Old Forester is in good shape for the Kenora.

“We’re try­ing to win six stakes in a row, which is an aw­ful hard thing to do,” Tiller said. “I can’t re­mem­ber the last horse that has won six stakes in a row, never mind six races in a row. At the end of the day, he’s a su­per horse, and horses like that are hard to find. We be­lieve he’s ready to run.”

Pink Lloyd is one of four stakes en­trants Wed­nes­day for Tiller, who also will run Gui­tar Ge­orge, Sweater Weather, and River Maid.

Hal­ton Stakes, race 1

Kick­ing off the card will be the $125,000 Hal­ton Stakes, a turf race for 3-year-olds and up that has been ex­tended to 1 1/2 miles this year from one mile.

Emi­nent Force looks to re­main in top form while mak­ing his first start off the claim for trainer Cather­ine Day Phillips. Emi­nent Force was claimed for $62,500 for own­ers P A Fuller­ton Sta­bles and King­field Rac­ing Sta­ble out of his third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory on the Woodbine turf on July 30, when he earned a 92 Beyer.

Stand­ing in his way is three­time Grade 2 stakes win­ner Kai­gun, who makes his first start at Woodbine since run­ning fourth in last sea­son’s Grade 2 Ni­jin­sky Stakes. Kai­gun was ninth, beaten 3 3/4 lengths, in a turf al­lowance over 1 3/8 miles at Saratoga on July 21, a race from which the win­ner and run­ner-up have both come back to win their next start.

El­gin Stakes, race 3

Melmich im­proved to 3 for 3 on the year Aug. 13, nos­ing out two-time Cana­dian cham­pion Are You Kid­ding Me to win the Grade 3 Sea­gram Cup. He will be look­ing to win the $125,000 El­gin Stakes, at 1 1/16 miles on Tapeta, for the third straight year.

Melmich fig­ures to be the heavy fa­vorite in a field that could be scratched down to four since three en­trants are cross-en­tered in other races on the card.

Al­goma Stakes, race 4

Af­ter an eighth-place fin­ish on turf in the Vic­to­ri­ana Stakes on July 30, Sweater Weather will re­turn to Tapeta to try to win the $125,000 Al­goma Stakes for the sec­ond year in a row.

A num­ber of other fillies and mares loom as strong con­tenders. Ne­shama, the 2016 Woodbine Oaks win­ner, could peak in her third start of the sea­son, while Sparkles Girl fin­ished ahead of Ne­shama in an al­lowance Aug. 7.

Trini Brewnette and Obeah Woman were third and fourth in this event last year, while Spring Tem­pest enters off a vic­tory against open com­pany July 29. Miss Sea, the 5-2 morn­ing-line fa­vorite, was fourth in the Vic­to­ri­ana and could take the field all the way.

Muskoka Stakes, race 5

Sum­mer Sun­day cap­tured her first stakes win in just her sec­ond start in the Nandi Stakes on Aug. 6 and will look to re­main un­beaten in the $200,000 Muskoka Stakes over 6 1/2 fur­longs on Tapeta.

Among the other con­tenders are Hatch Gate, who adds Lasix for trainer Roger At­tfield fol­low­ing a win­ning de­but, and Dirty Girl, who will be look­ing to bounce back af­ter stum­bling at the start in the Nandi.

Safe to Say, who won the al­lowance prep for this event Aug. 7, and Click­ity Clack, the run­ner-up in the prep, could up­set at a price.

Sim­coe Stakes, race 6

Trainer John Ross will look to win a stakes race on Cana­dian Mil­lions Sales Stakes Day for the fifth con­sec­u­tive year. He sends morn­ing-line fa­vorite Ahead­by­a­cen­tury in the $200,000 Sim­coe Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geld­ings over 6 1/2 fur­longs.

Ahead­by­a­cen­tury ran third in his de­but in the Claren­don Stakes on Aug. 5 and will add Lasix for his sec­ond start.

Claren­don Stakes run­nerup Eskim­inzin and the lastout win­ners El­las My Love and Storm­fuhr are other key con­tenders.

Kenora Stakes, race 7

A pair of horses com­ing out of the Shep­per­ton Stakes ap­pear to have the best chances of up­set­ting Pink Lloyd in the Kenora.

Jacks Es­carp­ment won this race last year and will be mak­ing his sec­ond start for trainer Josie Car­roll af­ter run­ning fifth in the Shep­per­ton, his sea­sonal de­but. Field of Courage was fourth in the Shep­per­ton and won go­ing six fur­longs early in the sea­son.

Field of Courage also has been en­tered in the El­gin Stakes.

MICHAEL BURNS

Pink Lloyd, rid­den by Eurico Da Silva, wins the Shep­per­ton by 1 1/4 lengths on Aug. 12 for his fifth con­sec­u­tive stakes vic­tory.

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