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Fort Erie racecourse is in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. The track is located around 30km south of Niagra Falls and is commonly referred to as the ‘Border Track’ as it is less than a mile from the Canadian American Peace Bridge border crossing into Buffalo, New York.
Fort Erie is also where Canada’s most famous racehorse Northern Dancer debuted, who went on to become the first Canadian-trained Kentucky Derby winner before having a hugely successful stud career, as the sire of Sadler’s Wells and grandsire of Galileo.
Fort Erie has two tracks hosting flat racing on both dirt and turf surfaces.
The main dirt track is a mile-long and run on sandy loam soil. The Inner turf track is a furlong shorter than the dirt course, with a total circumference of seven furlongs.
Fort Erie’s racing season falls between May and October each year, with around 40 fixtures scheduled a season. Throughout the summer months, racing takes place on Sunday and Tuesday afternoons, before switching to Monday and Tuesday afternoons in the autumn.
Our tipsters will provide Fort Erie tips throughout the season, including major meetings such as the flagship Prince of Wales Stakes. Coverage of Fort Erie will include race analysis, predictions and detailed reasoning for each Fort Erie betting tip.
Fort Erie’s most notable race comes in the shape of the Prince of Wales Stakes, a contest over a distance of one mile and three-sixteenths (9.5 furlongs) on the tracks main dirt course.
The race takes place in July each year and has been run as the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown since 1959, following the Queen’s Plate in June and preceding the Breeders’ Stakes in August, both run at Woodbine.
The most recent running of the Prince of Wales Stakes had a purse of $400,000, making it the richest race at the track by some margin.
Irrespective of the grade, our expert betting tipsters will be providing insight into all of the top Fort Erie action, bringing you the best Fort Erie Tips and analysis throughout the season.
Due to the prize money on offer for the Prince of Wales Stakes, the trainer bagging that prize often tops the season prize money chart, with approximately $183,000 going to the winner.
In the 2019 season, Steve Asmussen did just that with his sole runner at the track Tone Broke scooping the big prize. Asmussen led the rest of the course trainers by almost $50,000 but with just one visit to the border track, prize money isn’t a reliable indicator of who to follow at the course.
In 2019 it was John Simms who led the way in course victories, saddling 16 winners at Fort Erie from 47 runners, an impressive 34% strike-rate. In addition to Simms’ 16 winners, he also saddled a further 15 placed runners meaning 31 of his 47 entrants finished in the first three, a strike-rate of 66%.
In behind Simms was Nick Guy Mileni, Jr, who saddled 4 fewer winners with 12, but from only 30 runners, operating at a 40% strike-rate at the track. Mileni Jr also had 9 other horses hit the frame, taking his top three strike-rate to an impressive 70%.
Krista Carignan has topped the tables at Fort Erie racecourse in each of the last two seasons. With 51 wins in 2019 Carignan was 10 clear of her closest rival Melanie Pinto, and over $120,000 clear of Pinto in prize money won, with a total of $442,258.
A similar story is to be told of the 2018 season with Carignan even further ahead, with 57 wins, 17 more than runner up Kirk Johnson.
Carignan has operated at a strike-rate of 23% during the last two seasons with a total of 108 wins, which again, finds herself atop of the table among regular course riders.
Aside from Krista Carignan, other jockeys to note when betting at Fort Erie racecourse are Kirk Johnson and Helen Marie Vanek. Both Johnson and Vanek have ridden 69 winners each across the last two seasons, operating at upwards of 20% strike-rates and amassed around $600,000 each in prize money.
In the last two season’s Carignan, Johnson and Vanek have combined to win 246 of the 631 races run at Fort Erie, meaning one of the three has passed the post first in 39% of the races across that period.
Some of Fort Erie’s races at more prominent fixtures will be shown live on Sky Sports Racing’s Stateside Live programme, Sky channel 415, 535 on Virgin TV and 418 on Virgin TV Ireland.
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