That's your 2013 Prince of Wales winner, Uncaptured, a 3-year-old son of Lion Heart, who won the 78th edition of the second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown on Tuesday evening at Fort Erie Race Track. I was fortunate enough to cover the race for The Buffalo News, ironically a race I had never had the opportunity to write about in my stint as the national racing writer for the paper. My recap of the race can be found here.
The border oval was rocking on Tuesday night, and I'd say the experiment of moving the race to a Tuesday evening proved to be a success. Handle was up, and by the looks of the parking lot, attendance was up and the weather was outright spectacular.
The race day had its share of long shots and favorites winning over the course of the twilight card. The $1 Pick Five paid over $13,000. The only downer of the evening was the scratches of two of trainer Mark Casse's horses Dynamic Sky and Spring in the Air out of the Prince of Wales earlier in the day. But he still had the favorite, Uncaptured for owner John C. Oxley, who handled the Fort Erie dirt surface for his third win in four career dirt starts.
River Seven was valiant in defeat losing by only a length to the classy Uncaptured after a disappointing 10th place finish in the Queen's Plate.
Overall, it was a magnificent day at the track and from what I could tell everyone had themselves a very good time. It was great to see my Woodbine friends Keith McCalmont and John Siscos who made the trip down from Toronto for the race as well as seeing a lot of friends from the Buffalo area who braved the bridge to enjoy a lovely evening at the border oval.
Here are a few pictures from my Prince of Wales day at the Fort...
|Welcome to the Fort!|
|Food Trucks were onsite|
|Pie Food Truck with|
directions to the Tiki Bar
|Musical Talent was in the house|
|View of the Tiki Bar from|
the Winners' Circle
|Me, some Mounties and You down with OPP?|
|19-1 Catch the Luck wins Race 6|
|Uncaptured enters the paddock|
|River Seven in the walking ring|
|River Seven's ownership group -|
|Casse and Mena head to meet Uncaptured|
|Miguel Mena aboard Uncaptured|
|Eurico Rosa da Silva in the irons|
on River Seven
|Stephen Bahen on third place|
finisher Niigon's Glory
|Power Phil takes them past us|
for the first time
|Uncaptured glides past River Seven|
to win the Prince of Wales
|Winners' Circle Photo|
in the beautiful Fort Erie infield
|Miguel Mena and the goods|
|Casse and Mena being interviewed by|