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2009 Prince of Wales Stakes Results

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Gallant wins the 2009 Prince of Wales Stakes
Gallant wins  the 2009 Prince of Wales Stakes

Gallant wins the 2009 Prince of Wales Stakes over Milwaukee Appeal at Fort Erie Racetrack

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
July 12, 2009

Just six Canadian-bred 3-year-olds started in the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes run at 1 3/16 miles at Fort Erie Racetrack. Conditions were ideal at the border oval, with clear skies and temperatures in the low 70's. The only filly in the field, Woodbine Oaks winner Milwaukee Appeal, was sent off as the 7-5 choice on the board over Queen's Plate winner Eye of the Leopard at 9-5 and Queen's Plate runner-up Mr. Foricos Two U at 5-2.

Milwaukee Appeal was quickest away and led the field first time past the grandstand through a 1/4 in 24.80, then was taken back by jockey Stewart Elliott allowing 16-1 Gallant and new rider Corey Fraser to take the lead on the backstretch. With Milwaukee Appeal battling with him the whole way, Gallant set easy fractions of 49.10, 1:12.94, and 1:37.68 over the fast main track. Milwaukee Appeal came back along the rail and the pair hit the line together in 1:56.74. After a lengthy examination of the official photo, Gallant was declared the winner by a nose. It was just 1/2 a length back to Eye of the Leopard third.
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