2014 Connaught Cup

Connaught Cup at Woodbine

Something ExtraLet’s preview the Grade 2 Connaught Cup from Woodbine. The Connaught Cup is for four year olds and upward going seven furlongs on the turf with a purse of  $200,000. The morning line favorite is Michael Pino’s Mr. Online with Mario Pino in the irons. Mr. Online has not been worse than second in 10 starts which says a lot about his desire to win. He usually breaks on the lead and likes to be first or second at every call. Second choice in the ML is Gail Cox’s Something Extra with Eurico Da Silva on board. Something Extra may give Mr. Online some company on the front end as he likes to press the pace and be right up close also. His last win, interestingly enough, came in wire to wire fashion in this very race last year at Woodbine.  Both of these two morning line choices are coming off of a layoff. Mr. Online has not raced since March 29 and Something Extra since April 12.

ExcaperThird choice in the morning line is Ian Black’s Excaper with Justin Stein as the pilot. Excaper has been in some graded stakes events, but has not hit the board in but one. He, too, likes to go to the lead if possible and so it will be quite crowded up there if they all run true to form. One thing about Excaper though, is that he has breezed some pretty swift workouts since late April and throughout the month of May and may be set to run his best race in the Cup. This is a difficult race to pick but I will give it a shot. I believe with the fierce battle up front early that is bound to happen, something will come from off the pace and win it. I believe Excaper will sit just off this pace and will win it down the lane. Mr. Online will finish second and River Seven will come charging but will be a too late third. Happy Handicapping Guys and Gals!




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