TORONTO, June 29, 2018 – Hot Cash, who finished third in the Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, contests her second straight stakes event, while seeking her first career win in Sunday’s $225,000 Bison City Stakes at Woodbine.
The 1 1/16-mile Bison City, second jewel in the Canadian Triple Tiara series, has drawn eight fillies, including Hot Cash, a daughter of Ghostzapper, who heads into the main track race off a third in the Woodbine Oaks.
Dixie Moon and Wonder Gadot, who finished first and second, respectively, in the Oaks, will contest Saturday’s 159th running of the Queen’s Plate.
Bred and owned by Frank Stronach, Hot Cash has now reeled off back-to-back third place efforts, which includes a show award picked up on May 4 at one mile on the Belmont main track.
After just one start as a two-year-old, Hot Cash, (5-2 in the morning line) has had five starts this season.
Stronach’s Mysteriously took the 1994 edition of the Bison City.
Hall of Fame conditioner Mark Casse will send out a pair of starters in the Bison City, Safe to Say (4-1) and Mo Big Cat (10-1).
A daughter of Justin Phillip, Safe to Say, to be ridden by Jerome Lermyte, has two wins and two thirds from eight career starts.
Owned by Gary Barber and Windways Farm, she comes into the race off a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Selene Stakes on May 9 at Woodbine.
“I thought her last race was pretty good,” offered Casse. “The two toughest Canadian-bred fillies out there right now are going to run in the Queen’s Plate. So, I think she has a shot.”
Mo Big Cat, a daughter of Uncle Mo, arrives at the Bison City off a second-place performance in her seasonal bow on June 8 at Woodbine.
Patrick Husbands gets the call aboard the Barber-owned dark bay that was bred by Sean Fitzhenry, owner-breeder of Plate starter Dixie Moon.
“I was really pleased with Mo Big Cat,” said Casse. “She was entered in the Princess Elizabeth (Oct. 29) and on the morning of that race she colicked really badly and had to go to Guelph. She was touch and go, whether she’d even live, and she’s fought back. She had her first start a couple of weeks ago, and it was good. I would expect she would move forward from that. She’s a tough filly.”
Casse has a trio of Bison City crowns: 2006 with Kimchi; 2007 with Sealy Hill; 2017 with Enstone.
The $225,000 Wonder Where Stakes, final jewel in the Triple Tiara, is set for 1 ¼-miles over Woodbine’s E.P. Taylor Turf Course on August 12.
FIELD FOR THE BISON CITY
Post / Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Morning Line Odds
1 / Katie Baby / Eurico Rosa da Silva / Catherine Day Phillips / 3-1
2 / Hot Cash / Luis Contreras / Jimmy Jerkens / 5-2
3 / Mo Big Cat / Patrick Husbands / Mark Casse / 10-1
4 / Safe to Say / Jerome Lermyte / Mark Casse / 4-1
5 / Midnight Flash / Jesse Campbell / Nick Gonzalez / 15-1
6 / My Borrowed Angel / Alan Garcia / Michael Wright / 6-1
7 / Lunar Garden / Rafael Hernandez / Stuart Simon / 10-1
8 / Avie’s Mineshaft / Gary Boulanger/ Josie Carroll / 5-1