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Juvenile stakes racing action moves North of the border Saturday as trainer Wesley Ward’s Madman Diaries heads a field of five 2-year-olds in the 54th running of the $150,000 Colin Stakes at Woodbine racetrack.
Madman Diaries, the 1-2 prohibitive morning-line favorite, looks like the horse to beat. In May, he broke his maiden in a 4 ½ - furlong sprint at Woodbine by 9 ¾ lengths and followed that up last month with a 9 ¼ - length romp in the 5-furlong Victoria Stakes.
Madman Diaries earned a 96 Brisnet Speed Figure for that effort in the Victoria Stakes and that tops the speed figures for all of the horses entered in the Colin Stakes. A recent bullet work out on July 9 and it appears that Madman Diaries is ready to run another good race.
Trainer Nicholas Gonzalez won the Colin Stakes in 2004 with Whoelottabourbon and he starts the 3-1 second choice Glory Game from post position three. Glory Game is stepping up in class and comes into the race off of a 6 ¾ - length maiden win July 2 at Woodbine. Glory Game earned an 89 speed figure for that maiden win.
At 9-2 morning line odds, Devilish Stunt is also stepping up in class but looks like an interesting long shot for a potential upset. Devilish Stunt, trained by Scott Fairlie, comes into the race off a 6-length maiden win, earning a 90 speed figure for that effort.
Fairlie knows how to prepare his charges for big races. Last year, Who’s Big Daddy came in second for Fairlie in the Colin Stakes. A recent sharp 5-furlong work out on July 9 indicates that Fairlie has Devilish Stunt ready to run another good race.
Devilish Stunt is a descendent of the Mr. Prospector sire line and since 1990, five horses from that line have won the Colin Stakes: Fearless Cowboy (2009); Barilko (2006); Miners Mirage (1995); Chip N Charge (1994) and O’Martin (1993).
Glory Game is a descendent of the Northern Dancer sire line and his great grandsire, Deputy Minister, won the 1981 Colin Stakes. Since 1990, three Northern Dancer sire line horses have won the Colin Stakes: Southern Exchange (2008); Bear Holiday (2007) and Judith’s Wild One (1996).
Madman Diaries is a descendent of the Nasrullah sire line. Rights Reserved (2002) is the only Nasrullah sire line horse to win the Colin Stakes since 1990.