Who do you like in the Block House race?

Published 10:45 am Friday, April 22, 2011

The following horses will be racing in the Carolina First Block House Race tomorrow:

Fantastic Foe. 2004 b. g., Awad–Ladybird, by Cox’s Ridge. Owner: Julia Thieriot. Trainer: Mairead Carr. Jockey: Bernie Dalton. 2010 record: 4-1-0-1, $15,200. 8-1 odds. Won an optional allowance on the Virginia Gold Cup card last year. Pulled up at last fence of Noel Laing.

Northern Bay. 2005 b. g., Sligo Bay (Ire)–Hickory Crest, by Caro (Ire). Owner: Estate of Cary W. Jackson. Trainer: Todd Wyatt. Jockey: Roddy Mackenzie. 2010 record: 1-1-0-0, $18,000. 10-1 odds. Made only one start last year and won a Philadelphia Park optional allowance at 26.70-1.

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Canardly. 2006 b. g., Dynaformer–Coronation Cup, by Chief’s Crown. Owner: Karen B. Eyles. Trainer: Edward Mulligan. Jockey: Liam McVicar. 2010 record: 9-3-0-3, $33,350. 6-1 odds. Had best season in 2010. Won $30,000 optional starter allowance at International Gold Cup meet after being claimed for $15,000.

Junood. 2003 gr. or ro. g., Cozzene–Melody Queen (GB), by Merdon Melody. Owner-trainer: Dave Washer. Jockey: Richard Boucher. 2010 record: 7-3-0-1, $28,250. 10-1 odds. Started 2011 season with a third in a $15,000 claimer at Atlanta Steeplechase on April 16. Won a Block House claimer last year on a disqualification.

Lead Us Not. 2002 ch. g., Royal Anthem–Sultress, by Gallant Romeo. Owner: William L. Pape. Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard. Jockey: Brian Crowley. 2010 record: 6-1-1-3, $72,840. 7-2 odds. NSA champion claimer in 2010; won a Saratoga optional allowance for a $30,000 tag and finished third in the Grand National (Gr. 1).

Quiet Approval. 2006 b. g., Quiet American–Agolo, by Alydeed. Owner: Move Up Stable. Trainer: Kathy N. McKenna. Jockey: Carl Rafter. 2010 record: 5-2-0-1, $21,300. 9-2 odds. Easy winner of Saratoga Open House allowance race and finished fourth in the Helen Haskell Sampson (Gr. 1).

Spy in the Sky. 2004 ch. g., Thunder Gulch–Monaassabaat, by Zilzal. Owner: Randleston Farm. Trainer: Jimmy Day. 2010 NSA record: 2-1-0-0, $47,500. 4-1 odds. Came back with a third-place finish in the Carolina Cup after winning that race in 2010.