On Saturday, Woodbine runs two stakes races and a six-figure allowance. The two stakes races are the Queenston and the Eclipse. The allowance is for $101,200 and goes off as Race 9. We handicap and make free horse racing picks for all 3 events on Woodbine’s July 4 race card. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Woodbine Race Course for Saturday, July 4. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Woodbine Race Course Horse Racing Picks
- When: Saturday, July 4 at 1:00 pm ET
- Where: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Weather: Sunny
Woodbine Horse Racing Picks for Saturday, July 4
Race 7 – 4:15 pm ET – 7 Furlongs All-Weather – $125,000 Queenston Stakes
Catherine Day Phillips trained Tecumseh’s War could prove best as a 6/1 morning line underdog. Tecumseh finished fourth by 2 ½ lengths in the Summer Front sired colt’s first for Phillips. Because that race was also the top choice’s first racing over the all-weather, we must figure he improves. The other speed breaks to the inside of him. Jockey Emma Jayne-Wilson has an advantage.
The main other speed will come from 5/2 morning line Dotted Line. The Signature Red sired 3-year-old gelding has won 3 in a row. No doubt, Line will be tough to overtake on Saturday. Then again, that’s why the second choice shows such a low odds morning line.
Halo Again is the 2/1 favorite. But the Steve Asmussen runner appears better going longer. The 2/1 chalk could win. The odds, and the distance make the fave an underlay, though. Still, we must use.
- Win: Tecumseh’s War
- Place: Dotted Line
- Show: Halo Again
Race 8 – 4:46 pm ET – 1 1/16 Miles All-Weather – $175,000 Grade 2 Eclipse Stakes
Mark Casse entered Uncle Bull into the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby in the 4-year-old gelding’s last. Bull had no shot against top turf runners like Mr. Freeze and Standard Deviation. In Bull’s lone race over the all-weather, it won. Not only did Uncle Bull win it’s lone race over the synthetic, but it also produced its very best lifetime speed rating. We’re putting the 6/1 morning line on top.
There’s a reason second choice Mr. Ritz offers an even money morning line. Trained by Jose Carroll, Mr. Ritz finished second in the Grade 2 Autumn Stakes in his last. The 5-year-old horse has 5 wins, 3 seconds, and a third from 11 races. So, yes, he can win. But the even money odds make him a play against for the top spot.
The other Carroll trained runner, Avie’s Flatter, has 2 wins and a second from 4 races over the all-weather. Flatter is yet another with a shot. But, Uncle Bull should press all the way. It’s best to use Avie’s Flatter on the bottom of the exotics.
- Win: Uncle Bull
- Place: Mr. Ritz
- Show: Avie’s Flatter
Race 9 – 5:17 pm ET – 6 ½ Furlongs All-Weather – $101,200 Allowance
It should be tough to keep Walkabout Creek from the winner’s circle. The Michael Doyle trained 5-year-old gelding takes a massive step up in class, but so what? Creek has won 4 in a row and 7-of-15.
Mark Casse trained Muskoka Son almost won a race at this level going 5 furlongs in its last. The Hard Spun sired gelding lost by a nose. The stretch out should aid this one’s chances.
Casse’s other runner, Chuck Willis, will attempt to take these gate to wire. There’s a possibility that happens because there isn’t a ton of other early hoof. Consider for all slots on your exotic tix.
- Win: Walkabout Creek
- Place: Muskoka Son
- Show: Chuck Willis