This Saturday sees the running of the premier race of the Indiana Grand race schedule, with the running if the Grade 3 Indiana Derby.
Conquest Twister Taking on Eleven Juveniles in $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes
On Sunday at Woodbine, the featured race is the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes. Restricted to two-year-olds foaled in Canada, the race will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth on the all-weather main track and has drawn a field of twelve colts and geldings.
Conquest Twister has been tabbed as the favorite at odds of 3-1 on the morning line, one of two horses in the race for trainer Mark Casse and owners Conquest Stables. After breaking his maiden in his debut, the bay son of Twirling Candy finished second in a minor stakes race at Woodbine in September. He has been training steadily since that race and will break from post position four under jockey Patrick Husbands.
Butterfly Dance getting a stiff class test
Second choice at morning line odds of 7-2 is Butterfly Dance for trainer Malcolm Pierce. Bred and owned by Sam-Son Farm, the chestnut colt is by Awesome Again and out the graded stakes placed mare Scarlet Butterfly. He will be stepping up to stakes competition for the first time after breaking his maiden in his career debut at Woodbine by one-length over eight rivals. Eurico Da Silva will be in the irons and they will break from post position eight.
Scholar Athlete facing stakes company after maiden win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Scholar Athlete for trainer Graham Motion. A bay son of Einstein (BRZ), he was purchased for $85,000 earlier in the year by West Point Thoroughbreds and will be making his stakes debut. After a fourth-place finish in his debut, he broke his maiden last time out as the favorite. Alan Garcia, aboard for his victory, has retained the mount and they will break from post position seven.
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