Tomorrow, the Canadian track at Woodbine offers one Graded race – the G3 Jacques Cartier Stakes open to four-year-old and older sprinters. The field comprises last year’s winner Souper Stonehenge who will face some younger challengers, especially a couple of talented four-year-olds, Striker and Arzak.
The G3 race is held at the distance of six furlongs and on the all-weather surface. The purse of $150,000 attracted a field of ten four-year-old and older horses, among which we also find the last year’s winner, Souper Stonehenge, trained by Mark Casse.
The six-year-old gelding has collected places even at the G2 and G1 stages, but in terms of wins, he’s recorded two of them in G3s. After he prevented Pink Lloyd from scoring the Jacques Cartier Stakes for the fifth time, Souper Stonehenge went on to add another G3 victory in the Vigil Stakes, where he scored after setting the pace and repelling any challenging rivals.
He concluded the 2021 season with a sixth place in the G2 competition in November and hasn’t hit the track since which could be one of his weakest points here in combination with the outside gate. Mark Casse relies here other two of his charges, especially on five-year-old Tap It To Win, finishing second in the G1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes in 2020.
However, the bay hasn’t repeated such a performance since, and it seems he should settle in the G3 company as in September 2021, he bagged the G3 Seagram Cup Stakes. Whenever faced with more formidable rivals, he failed to shine.
His advantage over Souper Stonehenge could be in the fact he’s already hit the track in 2022 as he finished second in a black-type.
Michael Trombetta’s bound Arzak looks an exciting contender, too, given that he managed to develop into a fine black-type horse throughout 2021, placing even at the Listed stage. Being only a four-year-old, he suggested in his 2022 debut that he should be capable of some further progress when recording an impressive victory in a black-type race.
He needs to again step up his game to strike gold in the Jacques Cartier Stakes, but he seems ready to do so. After all, he bettered even G1 winner Silent Poet last time out, who just didn’t show anything remarkable back then and had to settle for second place.
The last contender to mention is the unbeaten Striker. The four-year-old scored a maiden and an Allowance race at the end of 2021 and is yet to commence the new season, in other words, to suggest how good he could actually be.
|Horse||Jockey||Horse Racing Odds by JazzSports|
|White Flag||Emma-Jayne Wilson||+1500|
|Secret Reserve||Leo Salles||+2000|
|Gretzky the Great||Antonio A. Gallardo||+1200|
|Tap It to Win||Rafael Manuel Hernandez||+600|
|Silent Poet||Justin Stein||+800|
|Red River Rebel||Gary Boulanger||+2000|
|Lenny K||Gary Boulanger||+1200|
|Souper Stonehenge||Patrick Husbands||+250|
Jacques Cartier Stakes Betting Pick
Arzak, as he’s a progressive specimen, waiting for a moment in the spotlight at the Graded scene
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