The second leg of Canada's Triple Crown, the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, celebrated its 77th running on Sunday at Fort Erie Racetrack, across the Niagara River from Buffalo, NY. Sadly, this may be the last Prince of Wales to be run at the 115 year old track, which is scheduled to close permanently at the end of the year. A field of 9 went to post in this 1 3/16 mile trip under sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-80's, however Queen's Plate winner Strait of Dover skipped the race, denying Canada a Triple Crown champion for yet another year. Woodbine Oaks-winning filly Irish Mission was sent off as the 7-4 favorite off her second place finish in the Queen's Plate. In to challenge her included another filly, 5-2 second choice Dixie Strike, winless since the Selene (G3) in May and third in the Queen's Plate, and 3-1 third choice Colleen's Sailor, fourth in the Plate.
Jockey Omar Moreno sent 31-1 Menlo Castle to the lead first time by and he set fractions of 23.44, 46.82, and 1:11.66 over the fast track while pressed by Colleen's Sailor and 14-1 Ultimate Destiny Entering the stretch, Menlo Castle tired badly allowing Colleen's Sailor to inherit a short lead through 1 mile in 1:37.60, with Dixie Strike sent up to challenge after trailing in 8th. After a brief duel, Dixie Strike drew clear to win by 1 length over Ultimate Destiny in 1:57.54. It was another 1/2 length back to Colleen's Sailor third, while favorite Irish Mission checked in sixth.