Blink of an Eye at Fort Erie

Fort Erie hosts short sprint on Prince of Wales Stakes day.

By Martha Claussen
July 13, 2012

On Sunday, July 15,  Fort Erie Race Track, in Fort Erie, Ontario, will host the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes for Thoroughbreds, the second leg of Canada's Triple Crown.  A large crowd is expected for the Canadian version of the Preakness Stakes, and fans will have an opportunity to watch the explosive starts and powerful finishes of Quarter Horses in Sunday's opener.

A field of eight will thrill the crowd in the $20,000 Blink of An Eye Stakes. The race will be contested at the faster than a speeding bullet distance of 110 yards. Last July, an allowance race at the distance took place with the winner, Slick Little Beduino crossing the wire in less than seven seconds. The 7-year-old Kansas-bred is owned and trained by Alvin Turner and will return to action on Sunday.

Turner has been one of the many horsemen who shipped horses in for the return of Quarter Horse racing to Fort Erie in October, 2010. He has enjoyed the hospitality of Fort Erie's management as well as the  track surface at the Ontario racetrack. The one-mile oval boasts a deep, sandy loam dirt composite.

"I really like the surface," said Turner. "It has a nice cushion feel to it and is very forgiving. I enjoy Fort Erie. Both the racing officials and fans have been enthusiastic about Quarter Horse racing."

Slick Little Beduino has won three of his four starts at Fort Erie and will be ridden by Texas-based jockey Cody McDaniel. Five of the entered horses have never run the distance of 110 yards, but with a clean break, each has a chance to fly to the wire.

"We are pleased to be able to offer a Quarter Horse stakes on the premier day of the Fort Erie racing season," said Eric Johnston, racing secretary at Fort Erie. "Our thanks to the horsemen shipping in from Ajax Downs;  it should be a very exciting race."

Fort Erie Race Track is located just minutes from The Peace Bridge and United States border. Sunday's 77th running of the Prince of Wales Stakes is set as the ninth race of Sunday's 12-race card.  For more information on the July 15 festivities at Fort Erie, visit