Weekend Stakes Preview 7/9

Saturday is Million Preview Day at Arlington Park

Arlington Park will have their annual Million Preview Day on Saturday as the horses, trainers and jockeys all get their last local preps in before the big day in August.  The prep for the Grade 1 Arlington Million on Saturday is the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap.  Admiral Kitten won the Grade 1 Secretariat last year on Million Day and now will look to get back on track after taking some losses against really good horses like Wise Dan and Newsdad.  Admiral Kitten has run three very good races over the Arlington turf so a return to Chicago could mean an improvement for him.  He could however be susceptible to the pace scenario as the race only drew six runners.  Avanzare looks to be the main pace player but he’s also making his stakes debut and he’s running against some very seasoned runners like Mister Marti Gras, War Dancer and Finnegans Wake.  Mister Marti Gras has a million bucks in the bank and is coming off a nice prep win at Arlington over the grass.  War Dancer just took home the Grade 3 Louisville Handicap at a mile and a half and before that was second in the Grade 2 Elkhorn, also at a mile and a half.  He’ll be shortening up to a mile and a quarter, a distance he’s 1 for 1 at on the grass.  Finnegans Wake hasn’t won in quite a while, but he’s always putting in a strong close and doing it against good horses.

The mile and one half Stars N Stripes is also a prep for the Arlington Million, but it’s at a mile and one half.  The Pizza Man has been dominating at Arlington for a while now and is 6 for 9 on that course.  Suntracer was second in this race last year and even though he hasn’t won in over a year, he can be a dangerous player late if they go fast enough early.  The Grade 3 American Derby is for three year olds hoping to go forward to the Secretariat Stakes.  Divine Oath is Grade 3 placed on polytrack and ran fourth behind the very talented Bobby’s Kitten last time out.  An intriguing price play could be the lightly raced Highball who turned in a very strong maiden win at Churchill last time out and could improve in just his third start.

The Grade 3 Modesty is the big prep for the Grade 1 Beverly D. and drew a massive field of 14 runners.  Tabreed is coming off a very strong second in the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap at a mile and a half last time.  Ana Luisa was a group 1 winner in Brazil when on the grass and came to the States and has run twice on the dirt, including a sneaky good fourth in the Sixty Sails Stakes.  I’m Already Sexy is a perfect 3 for 3 at Arlington Park and seems to be at her best if she can get up on the lead. Selections for the Arlington Handicap

  1. War Dancer
  2. Admiral Kitten
  3. Mister Marti Gras

Longshot: Finnegans Wake Selections for the Stars N Stripes

  1. The Pizza Man
  2. Moro Tap
  3. Suntracer

Longshot: O’Prado Ole Selections for the American Derby

  1. Divine Oath
  2. Our Channel
  3. Schoolofhardrocks

Longshot: Chief Barker Selections for the Modesty Handicap

  1. I’m Already Sexy
  2. Ana Luisa
  3. Kepi

Longshot: Dance Again

Delaware Handicap is Delaware Park’s biggest event and it’s Saturday 

The Grade 1 Delaware Handicap offers up a $750,000 purse and drew one of the top horses in the country, Princess of Sylmar.  A multiple Grade 1 winner, Princess of Sylmar is coming off a tremendous second place finish in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps last time, when she missed by just a head behind Close Hatches.  She’s making her first start at Delaware Park and she’ll be a heavy favorite.  Flashy American could be the main challenger to Princess of Sylmar and she’s coming off a second place finish in the Fleur De Lis at Churchill Downs.  Before that she got a huge speed figure in the Sixty Sails Handicap when she was a dominant winner.  Similar to Princess of Sylmar, Flashy American likes to come from off the pace.  There is not much pace at all in the race, and it could be Belle Gallantey who will break from the inside and could get the lead early.  Belle Gallantey put in a solid performance in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps when she was fifth.  She was only a length and a half behind Princess of Sylmar and Close Hatches who are monsters.  Belle Gallantey has just steadily gotten better and with a pace advantage, she’ll be a tough customer. Selections for the Delaware Handicap

  1. Princess of Sylmar
  2. Belle Gallantey
  3. Flashy American

Longshot: Gamay Noir

Bowling Green Handicap gets top billing for Belmont Saturday

The Grade 2 $200,000 Bowling Green Handicap on Saturday will be the feature at Belmont Park.  Grandeur is dropping out of Grade 1 company and could be the horse to beat as he’s been assigned the high weight of 122 pounds.  Joel Rosario will take over the mount on Grandeur who was fourth in the Manhattan last time out behind Real Solution.  Grandeur should love the mile and one half distance and should be one of the horses finishing best at the end.  Boisterous was a few lengths behind Grandeur in the Manhattan, but he does have tons of back class.  He’s a Grade 1 winner at Belmont Park and is 6 for 12 over the turf at Belmont.  However at 12 furlongs, he’s 0 for 2 and never hit the board.  Hangover Kid could be an interesting price play in the Bowling Green.  He was second last time out in the Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes and he has 2 wins from 5 starts at Belmont Park in his career.  He’s even Grade 1 placed at eleven furlongs and draws the services of the red-hot Jose Lezcano. Selections for the Bowling Green Handicap

  1. Boisterous
  2. Grandeur
  3. Hangover Kid

Longshot: Chamois

Saturday night is Meadowlands Pace Night

As we close in on the Hambletonian at Meadowlands, the other big night is now upon us, as the $775,000 Meadowlance Pace tops a huge card in New Jersey Saturday night.  JK Endofanera is looking to add another big win to his resume as he took home the North American Cup last month.  He was a solid winner in his elimination heat last week over Always B Miki in 1:48.2 and drew a comfy post position down in the two hole.  JK Endofanera is the 2/1 morning line favorite.  Right to his outside is He’s Watching who was also an elimination winner last week.  Tabbed at 5/2 on the line, He’s Watching was a top two year old last year and is looking to get things going this year.  He scored a very nice win last time out in his elimination, stopping the clock in a career best 1:48.1.  Always B Miki who was second behind JK Endofanera will be the 4/1 third choice but drew out on the outside in post nine. Selections for the Meadowlands Pace

  1. He’s Watching
  2. Luck Be Withyou
  3. JK Endofanera

Longshot: Lyonssomewhere

Saturday Stakes Action at


Race 6                   CTBA Lassie Stakes                            5:05pm EST

Race 8                  Rocky Mountain Derby                        5:55pm EST


Race 7                  Arlington Handicap                             4:55pm EST

Race 8                  Stars N Stripes                                  5:25pm EST

Race 9                  American Derby                                 5:55pm EST

Race 10                Modesty Handicap                             6:25pm EST


Race 9                  Bowling Green Handicap                     5:28pm EST


Race 7                  Lady Canterbury Stakes                      4:50pm EST

Race 8                  Mystic Lake Mile                                 5:20pm EST

Delaware Park

Race 6                  Fort Delaware Stakes                         3:30pm EST

Race 7                  Sweet N Sassy Stakes                        3:57pm EST

Race 8                  Cape Henlopen Stakes                       4:24pm EST

Race 9                  Delaware Handicap                            4:51pm EST

Race 10               Delaware Arabian Classic                     5:18pm EST

Delta Downs

Race 2                  Flashy Hemp Stakes                          7:40pm EST

Race 4                  Live Oak Stakes                                 8:30pm EST

Race 5                  Flying Breed Stakes                            8:55pm EST

Race 6                  Louisiana Juvenile                              9:20pm EST

Race 7                  Delta Downs Derby                            9:45pm EST

Race 8                  Louisiana Classic                                 10:10pm EST

Race 9                  Lee Berwick Futurity                          10:35pm EST

Finger Lakes

Race 7                  New York Derby                                3:52pm EST

Race 9                  New York Oaks                                 4:46pm EST

Gulfstream Park

Race 9                  Birdonthewire Stakes                         5:33pm EST

Race 10                Cassidy Stakes                                   6:04pm EST

Lone Star

Race 3                  Valor Farm Stakes                            8:31pm EST

Race 6                  TTA Sales Futurity                             9:55pm EST

Race 8                  TTA Sales Futurity                             10:51pm EST

Race 9                  Assault Stakes                                   11:19pm EST

Los Alamitos

Race 7                  Great Lady M. Stakes                         8:00pm EST


Race 8                  Parx Dash Handicap                          3:41pm EST


Race 7                  Isadorable Stakes                              3:40pm EST


Race 6                  Clarendon Stakes                               3:37pm EST

Race 8                  Passing Mood Stakes                          4:40pm EST



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