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2006 Prince of Wales Stakes Results

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A troubled finish in the Prince of Wales Stakes
Malakoff leads but Shillelagh Slew will be awarded the win in the 2006 Prince of Wales Stakes

Malakoff (right) leads but Shillelagh Slew (left) will be awarded the win in the 2006 Prince of Wales Stakes

© Terence Dulay
July 16, 2006

The second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown is the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie. This year eight Canadian-bred 3-year-olds were entered in the 1 3/16 miles race, including seven who ran in the Queen's Plate last out. Plate winner Edenwold was the morning line favorite, but second place finisher Sterwins was bet down to the 9-5 favorite by the fans with third place finisher Malakoff next at 3-1.

Cifercat went to the front right away with favored Sterwins joining him on the pace. Down the backstretch, Cifercat dropped out of contention and Sterwins took the lead setting a hot pace of 1:09.35 for six furlongs. The field then bunched up and a cavalry charge ensued at the top of the stretch. Sterwins tired and dropped back while Malakoff and Shillelagh Slew, who had raced near the back of the field early, battled late, but Malakoff shook him off inside the 1/16 pole to finish 1 1/2 lengths clear in a time of 1:55.87. It was a length back to another closer, Pipers Thunder in third.

It wasn't long before the stewards turned on the Inquiry light on the toteboard and started reviewing the stretch run. In addition, there were two claims of foul against first place finisher Malakoff. After a lengthy inquiry, he was disqualified and placed fifth. Malakoff bore in badly through the stretch run, and a chain-reaction ensued which ultimately compromised the next four horses.
Results chart from Equibase

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