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An American's Guide to Royal Ascot Tuesday

On the whole, American race fans don't claim to be regular-watchers of the goings on in England or abroad. However, Royal Ascot is a great cure for that Triple Crown hangover. It might be the greatest spectacle in international racing, and features quite a number of American invaders. Here's your American-centric guide to Royal Ascot Tuesday, showing you when the races are run and which American product you can root for.

Julian Finney

Tuesday’s Royal Ascot Card:

The Queen Anne Stakes 2:30 PM (9:30 AM EST)

Class 1 (British Championship Series, Group 1), One Mile

13-Horse Field

American-Bred Runners:

Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) out of Dalicia (GER) by Acatenango (GER))

Ridden by John Velasquez, Trained by H. Graham Motion

Odds: Even

Declaration of War (War Front out of Temp West by Rahy)

Ridden by Joseph O’Brien, Trained by Aidan O’Brien

Odds: 8-1

Elusive Kate (Elusive Quality out of Gout de Terroir by Lemon Drop Kid)

Ridden by William Buick, Trained by John Gosden

Odds: 11-2

Who to Root For: Animal Kingdom has got to be the sentimental favorite, and probably the smart money favorite as well. It’d be a perfect cap to an incredible career as, perhaps, the most internationally successful American-bred of this generation.

The King’s Stand Stakes 3:05 PM (10:05 AM EST)

Class 1 (British Championship Series and Global Sprint Challenge, Group 1), Five Furlongs

19-Horse Field

American-Bred Runners:

Doc Hay (Elusive Quality out of Coherent by Danzig)

Ridden by Kieren Fallon, Trained by David O’Meara

Who to Root For: While Doc Hay is the lone American-bred, Reckless Abandon is your best hope for an American blooded victor. His dad is Exchange Rate, participant in the 2000 Kentucky Derby and past winner of the Risen Star Stakes and the Tom Fool Handicap.

The St. James Palace Stakes 3:45 PM (10:45 AM EST)

Class 1 (British Championship Series, Group 1), Old Mile (1600 Meters / 7.95 Furlongs)

Nine-Horse Field

American-Bred Runners:

Dundonnell (First Defence out of Family by Danzig

Ridden by James Doyle, Trained by Roger Charlton

Odds: 12-1

George Vancouver (Henrythenavigator out of Versailles Treaty by Danzig)

Ridden by Seamie Heffernan, Trained by Aidan O’Brien

Odds: 66-1

Mshawish (Medaglia d’Oro out of Thunder Bayou by Thunder Gulch

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Trained by M. Delzangles


Who to Root For: Dundonnell is a definite contender, but George Vancouver is a sentimental favorite. This past November, the son of Henrythenavigator won the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita. He’s currently 66-1 and would pay out a huge amount if, by some miracle, he wins.

The Coventry Stakes 4:25 PM (11:25 AM EST)

Class 1 (Group 2), Six Furlongs

16 Horse Field

American-Bred Runners:

Sir John Hawkins (Henrythenavigator out of Peeping Fawn by Danehill)

Ridden by Ryan Moore, Trained by Aidan O’Brien

Odds: 4-1

War Command (War Front out of Wandering Star by Red Ransom)

Ridden by Seamie Heffernan, Trained by Aidan O’Brien

Odds: 9-1

Who to Root For: Sir John Hawkins is coming off a brilliant debut at Caragh Racecourse at six furlongs and is slated to be a contender in this one. He’s American through and through and should be a decent bet to win. War Front is another recent graduate, winning his first race at Leopardstown eleven days ago.

The Ascot Stakes 5:00 PM (12:00 PM EST)

Class 2 (Handicap), Two Miles & About Four Furlongs

20-Horse Field

American-Bred Runners:

Mawaqeet (Dynaformer out of Lady Ilsey by Trempolino)

Ridden by Dane O’Neill, Trained by Sir Michael Stoute

Odds: 16-1

La Estrella (Theatrical (IRE) out of Princess Ellen (GB) by Tirol (IRE))

Ridden by Shane Kelly, Trained by Don Cantillon

Odds: 50-1

Who To Root For: Mawaqeet, a son of the famous Dynaformer, is a longshot to win but root-worthy nonetheless. He’s only got one win on the flat turf in his career and has only run one race this year. The British-bred Well Sharp is a son of American sire Selkirk and out of a Sadler’s Wells mare. At 10-1 odds, he could be a decent long-odds bet.

The Windsor Castle Stakes 5:35 PM (12:35 PM EST)

Class 1 (Listed), Five Furlongs

28-Horse Field

American-Bred Runners:

Ogermeister (Silver Train out of To The Good Times by Polish Numbers)

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Trained by Wesley A. Ward

Odds: 7-1

Who To Root For: Ogermeister is a great U.S. representative in this one, shipping in from Belmont for trainer Wesley Ward. He broke his maiden first time out last month winning a five furlong MSW on the dirt.