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Velocitor Picks Up Pace in Sloppy Prince of Wales Win

Fourth behind Paramount Prince  in both the Plate Trial and King’s Plate stakes on Woodbine‘s synthetic track, Al and Bill Ulwelling’s homebred Velocitor  experienced a change in fortune with a change in surface in winning the second leg of Canada’s Triple Crown.

Racing in the slop at Fort Erie Race Track in the CA$400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes Sept. 12, Velocitor rated in third early under Justin Stein before advancing to catch pacesetter Paramount Prince and withstand a late charge from runner-up Kaukokaipuu . The Kevin Attard trainee completed 1 3/16 miles under Justin Stein in 1:55.24, returning $17.70 to win.

Paramount Prince held third after setting hot splits, a neck behind the runner-up. Stanley House , the 3-2 favorite off his third-place finish in the King’s Plate, raced in mid-pack early and weakened to finish seventh.

Velocitor raced for the first time on dirt in the Prince of Wales, as did the second- and third-place finishers. 

The final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown is the Oct. 1 Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine at 1 1/2 miles on turf.

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What His Rider Said

Velocitor is the top earner for second-crop sire Mor Spirit, a grade 1-winning son of Eskendereya who stood this year at Spendthrift Farm near Lexington for $5,000. 

Video: Prince of Wales S. (BT)

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