Sunday’s card at the Canadian racecourse at Woodbine offers the G2 Eclipse, where the local star, Mighty Heart, will face some exciting younger rivals, including the Ontario Derby winner, Frosted Over.
On the all-weather track, six four-year-old and older horses will clash in this G2 event and cover the distance of a mile and a half of a furlong. The purse of $175,000 lured five-year-old Mighty Heart, who was awarded the best Canadian three-year-old in 2020 and Canadian horse of the year in 2020 and 2021.
The Josie Carroll bound bay successfully stepped up among the Graded company in last year’s season, bagging the G3 Dominion Day Stakes and the G2 Autumn Stakes, and when he travelled to the US, he collected two places. Still, his 2022 debut didn’t go well as Mighty Heart was only sixth in the G3 Ben Ali Stakes in Keeneland after he jumped out of the gate quickly, seized the front but was challenged for the lead on the opposite stretch, upon which he kept weakening in the final turn.
He dropped to the sixth position, which was also last but one. He might’ve needed that run to get into form, so his chances shouldn’t be based entirely on that one performance.
Mighty Heart has three serious threats in four-year-olds, in other words, the best three in the last year’s G3 Ontario Derby. Frosted Over landed the feat after galloping in second throughout the whole race, then he drew clear from his rivals, and became a commanding winner of the race.
Subsequently, the Mark Casse trained colt met up with older horses in the G3 Valedictory Stakes, where Frosted Over ran in second, bettered only by Sir Winston, the Belmont Stakes winner from 2019. Like Mighty Heart, Frosted Over wasn’t at his best in his seasonal debut as he managed only third place in an Allowance race, but if he returns to his last year’s form, he should play an impactful role here.
In the Ontario Derby, Riptide Rock took second place after collecting places at the black-type and Listed scene, while he commenced the new season with a fine victory in an Allowance race. Artie’s Storm is about to hit the track for the first time since securing his second black-type win in December, before which he was third in the Ontario Derby.
A couple of veterans complete the field with Special Forces being a smart Graded performer capable of running well on Sunday, while Seventyseven Stone is the outsider.
Mighty Heart due to his previous exploits among the Canadian company; however, neither of the four-year-olds would surprise us by running a blinder
|Horse||Jockey||Horse Racing Odds by JazzSports|
|Special Forces||Justin Stein||+400|
|Frosted Over||Kazushi Kimura||+200|
|Mighty Heart||Patrick Husbands||+180|
|Riptide Rock||Rafael Manuel Hernandez||+450|
|Artie’s Storm||David Moran||+800|
|Seventyseven Stone||Omar Moreno||+2000|
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