TORONTO, November 7, 2019 – Dotted Line looks to make it two straight scores when he takes on nine rivals in Saturday’s $100,000 Frost King Stakes, at Woodbine.
The Norseman Racing Stable homebred comes into the seven-furlong main track feature for Ontario-sired two-year-olds on a winning note, a maiden-breaking effort on October 13 at Woodbine.
Sent off at 5-2 in the 1 1/16-mile main track race, Dotted Line got away fourth but soon took command, going on to claim a 3 ½-length win in a time of 1:45.39.
The gelding finished fifth at five panels over the Toronto oval Tapeta in his debut on September 14, 5 ¼-lengths back of winner Agnelli, a dark bay son of Frac Daddy who’ll also contest the Frost King.
In Dotted Line’s second start, a 6 1/2-furlong race over the Woodbine main on September 29, the bay rallied from seventh to finish fourth, 2 ½ lengths behind Torpedo Max, a chestnut son of Silver Max who will also line up in the starting gate for Saturday’s stake.
Hall of Fame trainer Sid Attard is happy with the progression his young charge has shown after each race.
“I thought his last race was very good,” he said. “Every race, he’s learning more and that’s what you want to see. After the last one, we figured he deserves a chance in this race. He’s doing very well coming into it.”
Attard, a lifetime winner of 2,056 races, is hoping Dotted Line will step it up once again on Saturday.
“That’s what we would like to see. He’s coming along nicely and he’s improving. Hopefully, he can come up with another strong effort this weekend.”
Attard campaigned Dotted Line’s sire, Signature Red, a multiple graded stakes winning bay son of Bernstein. Also owned by Norseman Stable, Signature Red posted a record of 6-6-7 in 27 starts.
“He was a very, very nice horse,” praised Attard of the Kentucky-bred who won back-to-back (2010 and 2011) editions of the Grade 2 Highlander Stakes. “He always tried hard every race.”
Wesley Ward trainee Owlette, undefeated in her three Woodbine starts, will go after her third stakes triumph after victories in the Shady Well and Victorian Queen. Ward will also send out Artie’s Princess, a bay daughter of We Miss Artie who will test the stakes ranks after winning her first two starts.
Last year, My Silencer won the Frost King in a time of 1:23.89 for trainer William Tharrenos, who will send out Crafty Conquest in Saturday’s running.
Trainer Ralph Biamonte has won three editions: in 2010 with Citius, in 2011 with Jenna’s Wabbit, and in 2013 with Flashy Margaritta.
The Frost King is slated as race eight on Saturday’s 11-race card. This weekend’s racing at Woodbine also includes the running of the La Prevoyante Stakes for Ontario-sired three-year-old fillies competing over 1-1/16 miles. The $100,000 feature goes as race three on Sunday’s 10-race card. First post is 1:05 p.m. both days. Fans can also watch and wager on all the action via HPIbet.com.
$100,000 FROST KING STAKES
Post – Horse – Jockey – Trainer
1 – Crafty Conquest – Kazushi Kimura – William Tharrenos
2 – Dotted Line – Justin Stein – Sid Attard
3 – Forester’s Turn – Eurico Rosa da Silva – Robert Tiller
4 – Rockcrest – Sahin Civaci – Nigel Burke
5 – Agnelli – Emma-Jayne Wilson – Renee Kierans
6 – Artie’s Princess – Nik Juarez – Wesley Ward
7 – Priceless Will – Rafael Hernandez – Mark Casse
8 – Torpedo Max – Ismael Mosqueira – Nick Gonzalez
9 – Owlette – Albin Jimenez – Wesley Ward
10 – Cryptic Grip – Jerome Lermyte – Michael Mattine
$100,000 LA PREVOYANTE STAKES
Post – Horse – Jockey – Trainer
1 – Londonderry – Christopher Husbands – Steven Owens
2 – Miss Ariel – Kazushi Kimura – Tony Gattellaro
3 – Golden Vision – Eurico Rosa Da Silva – Kevin Attard
4 – Ciuri – Patrick Husbands – Robert Tiller
5 – Royal Wedding – Rafael Hernandez – Laurie Silvera
6 – Sav – Justin Stein – Ricky Griffith
Chris Lomon for Woodbine Communications