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North American Racing Track Guide: Fort Erie

Betfair now offers Exchange markets on a whole host of tracks in North America. In his latest in-depth guide, US racing handicapper Dean Keppler takes a look at Fort Erie...


What kind of racecourse is it?

• The main dirt track is one mile in circumference. The turf course is 7 furlongs inside the main course.


Tell me something I don't know about this track

• E.P. Taylor, a famous Canadian business tycoon, played a major role in the development of the Fort Erie Race Track. He developed the Canadian Triple Crown of Racing in 1959, with the second leg of the series, the Prince of Wales Stakes, being the Fort's featured race each season. Canadian Thoroughbred racing is now recognized internationally, thanks in large part to the efforts of this one man.


When do they race?

Mainly Sunday and Tuesday afternoons June Through October - starting at 18:15 p.m. GMT.


Best Ever Race
Prince of Wales Stakes July 2, 1991. Run annually at Fort Erie, the Prince of Wales Stakes is restricted to three-year-olds bred in Canada, and is contested on dirt over a distance of 1 3/16-miles. In 1959, the Prince of Wales Stakes became the second race in the Canadian Triple Crown series.

The most popular winner of the Prince of Wales was won by a super filly named Dance Smartly in 1991. Dance Smartly was the second filly to win the Canadian Triple Crown and the first Canadian-bred horse to win a Breeders' Cup race. A bay daughter of Danzig out of the Smarten mare Classy 'N Smart, Dance Smartly was bred in Ontario by Ernie Samuel's Sam-Son Farm and trained by James E. Day. Dance Smartly won the 1¼-mile Queen's Plate by eight lengths on dirt, the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales Stakes by two lengths on dirt and the 1½-mile Breeders' Stakes on grass by eight lengths. It was the first time since Queensway in 1932 that a filly won the Canadian Triple Crown.


Most Popular Jockeys

Johnson, Kirk
Pinto, Melanie
Griffith, Christopher
Most Popular Trainers
Robillard, Julie
Adamo, Anthony
Gonzalez, Nicholas


How to find winners at Fort Erie

Like many small circuit race meets, understanding what jockeys and trainer excel at the local venue is essential for success. Trainer John Simms, David Connor and Paul Buttigieg win more than their fair share of races with horses coming off extended layoffs. Jockeys Melanie Pinto and Kirk Johnson are effective on front runners.

The "horses for courses" angle is very important at Fort Erie. In addition, pay special attention to horses that ship in from Woodbine. They usually hold a distinct class edge.


Draw Positions
Posts 1 through 3 are advantageous slots in sprint races as is the extreme outside posts 11 and 12. In distance races on the dirt, post 1 clicks close to 20% while the extreme outside slots are at a disadvantage. Post 1 through 6 were the best draws over the Fort Erie turf course.


Running Styles

Speed or pressers win their fair share of races at Fort Erie. This is especially true in carded sprint races.


When betting Fort Erie look out for...

Early speed-types shipping in from Woodbine that are drawn inside in sprint races. Recent claims trained by Anthony Adamo or Julie Robillard.