A field of fourteen horses was drawn for the $50,000 Da Hoss Stakes at Colonial Downs on Saturday with Auction Watch being installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite. The one mile inner turf race for three year olds and upward is the ninth of ten races on the card and will go to post at 4:39 PM.

A winner of 5 races on the turf, Auction Watch returns to Colonial for the first time since finishing third in a steeplechase in April of last year. Since then, the six year old gelding has won the $75,000 Alphabet Soup Handicap and a $40,000 optional claimer at Philadelphia Park. In fourteen lifetime starts, he has finished on the board nine times and will have the riding services of Colonial’s leading jockey Sheldon Russell.

4-1 second choice, Jungle Fighter (pictured above), won both the Old Nelson and the Kittens Joy at Colonial in 2007. More recently, he won the Independence Day Stakes and placed in the West Virginia Speaker Cup at Mountaineer Park before finishing third in the Gr. III Carey Memorial Handicap at Hawthorne in September. In his only race this year, he finished fifth in a $62,000 optional claimer at Delaware in June. The eight year old gelding will be ridden by Luis Garcia.

Third choice at 9-2, Frisky Thunder (pictured left), loves the Colonial turf. After sweeping the John D. Marsh, Daniel Van Clief, and Punch Line Stakes at Colonial last year, Frisky Thunder had a ten month lay-off before winning an allowance at Delaware in May. Most recently, the five year old gelding finished second to Pleasant Strike in the Daniel Van Clief Stakes this year. Due to the passing of trainer James Murphy, Frisky Thunder is now under the watch of trainer Timothy Keefe. Ryan Fogelsonger has the mount.

Baltimore Bob, the 8-1 fourth choice, has finished second in both the Humphrey S. Finney Stakes and the Find Handicap at Laurel Park. He won his first race this year, a $75,000 optional claimer at Gulfstream, but has finished off the board in his three most recent starts. The four year old colt has won five of fifteen lifetime starts.

Fifth choice Tifone, at 10-1, shipped to America from Chile late last year to finish second in a $32,000 optional claimer at Laurel Park and off the board in a sprint race. In his most recent start, Tifone won a $62,000 optional claimer by one length.

Rounding out the field are Midwatch, winner of last year’s Old Nelson and Kittens’ Joy, Hesa Big Star, Objective, Izzy Speaking, Yankee Master, R J’s Brigade, Mint Slewlep, Brickell, and Hugo.

For the entire card, click here.