Canada’s Triple Crown gets underway with the second main event on Tuesday July 30 with the 78th annual Prince of Wales race at the Fort Erie racetrack. This year’s event marks the first time the Prince of Wales event is held on a day other than Sunday, and features eight of the top racing horses in Canada.
The online and mobile betting favourite heading into Tuesday’s race is on Uncaptured, who was crowned as Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2012. Uncaptured was trained by renowned horse trainer Mark Casse, who is also entering three of his other prized stallions into the Prince of Wales race.
Casse decided against entering Uncaptured into the Queen’s Plate race last month, which is the first of Canada’s Triple Crown races. According to Casse, Uncaptured is a better runner on genuine dirt tracks as on the tracks at Fort Erie, rather than the synthetic polytrack found at Woodbine where the Queen’s Plate was run.
“The Prince of Wales distance is definitely a question mark, but on dirt he seems to carry himself a little farther.”
Dynamic Sky is another of Casse’s favourites, who also finished third at the Queen’s Plate earlier this year. Dynamic Sky ran in a series of races in Tampa Bay earlier this spring, which Casse believes provides Dynamic Sky an edge in the Prince of Wales race.
“He’s held up fine. He may be a touch better on the dirt.”
Casse is also entering Jagger M into the Prince of Wales race, and expects the horse is well prepared after spending months training on dirt racetracks throughout the spring. Casse also expects his youngest horse, Spring in the Air, will hold her own at Fort Erie this week.
Horseracing fans and casino gamblers see Canada’s Triple Crown as an entertaining pastime that can be profitable. Given Mark Casse’s confidence in his horses, the odds favour one of the four racers coming out as the leader of the pack.