Contenders for 2020 Kentucky Derby in action in weekend horse racing

Next 12 months’ Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders start sorting themselves out in weekend horse racing, with large 2-year-old stakes from coast to coast and in between, on every filth and turf.

Kentucky Downs fires up the first weekend of its very rich and all-too-brief season, working on solely the European-style turf course in North America. It’s no shock the big purses enchantment to large fields and equally large wagering alternate options

Older horses take their potentialities Saturday in the Grade I Woodward at Saratoga and the Grade III Smarty Jones at Parx Racing.

On the worldwide entrance, Hong Kong opens its 2019-20 season at Sha Tin, South Korea phases its two fundamental worldwide stakes and positively one among Germany’s iconic races, the Grosser Preis von Baden, renews Sunday on the Black Forest spa resort metropolis.

There are 2-year-old races in every single place and loads of them will produce contenders for the all-juvenile first day of this 12 months’ Breeders’ Cup World Championships. So we’ll start there.


Two large tricks to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and subsequent 12 months’ Triple Crown are staged on Labor Day — the $350,000 Grade I Runhappy Hopeful at Saratoga and the $300,000 Grade I Runhappy Del Mar Futurity. Entries for these had been pending at press time nevertheless everyone is meant for essential avid gamers.

Also to take a look at in this class are Saturday’s $200,000 Affirmed Division of the Florida Sire Stakes for state-birds at Gulfstream Park and Sunday’s $100,000 Sapling at Monmouth Park.

Already in the books: Rockcrest swept to the lead on the flip in Wednesday’s $175,000 (Canadian) Simcoe Stakes for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds at Woodbine, shortly opened a large lead and coasted dwelling first by 3 1/4 lengths. Red Astaire was second, ahead in entrance of Goldmine Cat. The 6 1/2 furlongs on the all-weather monitor took 1:18.14 with Sahin Civaci utilizing the winner, an Old Forester gelding.

Juvenile Turf

The large one proper right here is Saturday’s $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile. As is usually the case at this iconic monitor, it’s a full topic, lacking a standout favorite. Topping the morning line at 7-2 odds is Our Country, a Constitution colt expert by George Weaver. He accomplished fourth in the Grade III With Anticipation at Saratoga merely this Wednesday (see beneath), so we’ll see if he really goes proper right here. The fallback on the morning line is Are You Kitten Me, a Kitten’s Joy colt from Mike Maker’s barn who gained at first asking at Saratoga a month in the previous. In actuality, it’s anyone’s race, significantly first time spherical this distinctive course.

Speaking of Kitten’s Joy, moreover on the agenda are Saturday’s $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Colonial Downs, Saturday’s $100,000 Proud Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park and Sunday’s $100,000 Del Mar Juvenile Turf.

Already in the books: Fighting Seabee was embattled all the easiest way spherical in Wednesday’s $150,000 Grade III With Anticipation at Saratoga, turning once more a lot of challengers sooner than prevailing by 1 measurement over Field Pass. Andesite was third, a neck in entrance of the favorite, Our Country. Fighting Seabee, a Summer Front colt expert by Kenny McPeek, ran 1 1/16 miles on company turf in 1:43.34 under Brian Hernandez. He gained at first asking on the Ellis Park turf and now’s 2-for-2.

“We’ve been around enough young horses over the years that the good ones stand out,” McPeek acknowledged of Fighting Seabee. “He’s never been outworked in the mornings and up to now in the afternoon as well. It’s a good position to be in and hopefully, he takes us to the Breeders’ Cup.”

Juvenile Fillies

As with the males, the weekend brings two large races, and several other different others, pointing in the direction of the Breeders’ Cup and the 2020 Kentucky Oaks.

Sunday’s $350,000 Grade I Spinaway at Saratoga choices Perfect Alibi and Frank’s Rockette, the 1-2 finishers from the Grade II Adirondack over the monitor Aug. 4. Miss Peppina was fourth in that race and likewise returns. Shippy was third in the Grade III Schuylerville. Seven are entered.

Saturday’s $300,000 Grade I Del Mar Debutante attracted eight fillies. Inspires, Leucothea, and Bast, the morning-line favorites, will examine race caller Trevor Denman. All three are newest maiden winners over the Del Mar monitor and this race will possible be a significant sorting course of.

Also worthy of an in-depth look: Saturday’s $200,000 Susan’s Girl Division of the Florida Sire Stakes for state-birds at Gulfstream Park and Sunday’s $100,000 Sorority at Monmouth Park.

Already in the books: Blessed Truly broke inward initially of Wednesday’s $175,000 (Canadian) Muskoga Stakes for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies at Woodbine, corrected course for jockey Eurico Da Silva and was in full command thereafter, worthwhile by 5 lengths over Tara Dawn. She’s a Dream was third, one different 1 3/4 lengths adrift. Blessed Truly, a Souper Speedy filly, ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the all-weather course in 1:16.51.

Juvenile Fillies Turf

Kentucky Downs moreover has the headliner proper right here with Saturday’s $500,000 Exacta System Juvenile Fillies. Fifteen are entered with 12 to start out out and there are few throw outs. The 7-2 favorite on the morning line is Fly So Pretty, a Sky Mesa filly from the Mark Casse barn who gained at Saratoga in her second attempt July 21. Monedas de Oro, a Munnings filly, is the one among many bunches who has overwhelmed winners and he or she makes her turf debut. If you probably can select ’em, you must be rewarded properly.

Already in the books: Crystalle, the favorite in Thursday’s $100,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga, was attempting spherical initially and seen the sphere an excellent lead. But with Joel Rosario retaining his cool, the Palace Malice filly purchased points collectively in the final word furlong, handed her six rivals and gained by a neck over Sweet Melania. English Breeze moreover ran properly late to take third, one different 1/2 measurement once more. Crystalle, the expert by John Kimmel, ran 1 1/16 miles on company turf in 1:41.36. It was her first win after the third place in her occupation debut. “We’re thinking about the Breeders’ Cup,” Kimmel acknowledged, with the $200,000 Grade II Miss Grillo on Sept. 29 at Belmont Park as a final prep.

Action in this division moreover accommodates Saturday’s $100,000 Sharp Susan Stakes at Gulfstream Park and Monday’s $100,000 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Juvenile Turf Sprint

This division was new for remaining 12 months’ Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs and packages correctly on the Nov. 1 “Future Stars Friday” this 12 months at Santa Anita.

Weekend preps are Friday’s $100,000 I’m Smokin Stakes for California-birds at Del Mar and Saturday’s $100,000 Rosie’s Stakes at Colonial Downs


Saturday’s $750,000 Grade I Woodward at Saratoga has a very aggressive topic of 9. The slender morning-line favorite is remaining 12 months’ winner, Yoshida, the 5-year-old Japanese-bred son of Heart’s Cry who has proved his functionality on every turf and filth. He comes off a second-place displaying in the Grade I Whitney and can go on to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the place he accomplished fourth remaining 12 months, then to the Pegasus World Cup on each turf or filth, Dubai on each flooring and even to the model-new $20 million Saudi Cup subsequent Feb. 29.

First, though, his Woodward opponents comprise resembling Grade I Santa Anita Gold Cup winner Vino Rosso, Grade II Suburban winner Preservationist and updated Alydar Stakes winner Tom’s d’Etat.

Entries for Monday’s $300,000 Grade III Smarty Jones at Parx Racing had been however to be posted at press time.


Saturday’s $200,000 Grade III Saranac for 3-year-olds at Saratoga drew a topic of six and there’s not quite a bit to determine on amongst them. Good Governance, a British-bred colt by Kingman, is the 2-1 favorite on the morning line, seemingly in half because of he’s expert by Chad Brown. The colt gained him solely earlier start over the course Aug. 4, rallying from far once more from an outdoor put up.

Sunday’s $250,000 Grade II Del Mar Derby finds the Bob Baffert-trained Kingly making his second start on the inexperienced course. The Tapit colt gained the Grade III La Jolla Handicap in his first turf effort Aug. 4. He drew exterior all 9 rivals, who embrace La Jolla runner-up Neptune’s Storm, Affirmed Stakes third Visitant, Grade II Los Alamitos Derby runner-up (to Game Winner) Parsimony and some others with potential.

Monday’s $250,000 Grade II Bernard Baruch at Saratoga remained undrawn at deadline time.

Filly & Mare Turf

Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II John C. Mabee at Del Mar drew a super-tough topic with the favorite, Vasilika, drawing the inside gate of 10. One of the very best claims of all time, the 5-year-old Skip shot mare has gained 12 of her remaining 14 begins, most in the direction of the prime agency, nevertheless, seen a four-race win streak snapped when she reported third in the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Aug. 3. That was after a layoff and he or she must be sharper for this race, which she gained the ultimate 12 months. If not, the likes of burgeoning 3-year-old stars Toinette and Juliet Foxtrot are able to pounce.

Limari tops a difficult topic of 10 for Saturday’s $250,000 One Dreamer at Kentucky Downs. The 4-year-old Medaglia d’Oro filly, expert by Brad Cox, was an in-depth third in the Grade III Mint Julep two begins once more, a race gained by the extraordinarily widespread Moms On Strike. Beyond Limari, there are lots of potentialities. Trainer Steve Asmussen tries Area on the grass for the first time. Classy Act and Smart Emma had been second and third in the designated prep for this race at Ellis Park. Ignacio Correas IV saddles Na Pali Spirit. She, like her coach, is overdue for a win.

Santa Monica tops a topic of 9, plus one “main track only” nominee, for Saturday’s $250,000 Grade II Glens Falls at Saratoga. Santa Monica, a 6-year-old, British-bred mare by Mastercraftsman, already has two wins, a second and a third this season for coach Chad Brown and accomplished second in this race remaining 12 months. Among the others, Fools Gold exits a win in the Grade III Waya Stakes and Mrs. Sippy makes her first U.S. start for coach Graham Motion. The MTO entry, Indy Union, will be attention-grabbing if the race comes off the grass.

Turf Mile

Great Wide Open is definitely one among 14 in Saturday’s $750,000 Tourist Mile at Kentucky Downs — a race that basically is massive open. Next Shares and Hembree are the lukewarm morning-line favorites at 7-2 and 3-1, respectively. Next Shares was the upset winner of the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland remaining fall after posting a win at Kentucky Downs, took his lumps in three earlier begins this 12 months, all Grade I events, and can get a big-time class discount. Hembree had three straight close-call seconds in graded stakes sooner than ending sixth in the Grade I Fourstardave at Saratoga in his remaining outing. Mr. Cub gained the preview for this at Ellis Park. Watch for horses who’ve run properly at KD in the earlier.

Turf Sprint

Monday’s $300,000 Grade III Turf Monster at Parx Racing was pending as this was compiled.

Filly & Mare Sprint

Break-Even is the 1-2 morning-line favorite amongst six entered for Saturday’s $250,000 Grade II Prioress for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga. The Country Day filly, expert by Brad Cox, is 6-for-6 and returns to the precept monitor following a front-running ranking in the Coronation Cup over the Saratoga turf July 14.



Wednesday was the seventh annual Canadian Millions Sales Stakes night with a great deal of stakes action on the cardboard. In addition to the 2-year-old events well-known above (all portions in Canadian ):

Cooler Mike led all the easiest way to a 2 1/4-lengths win in the $100,000 Halton Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on the turf. Full Extreme was second. Cooler Mike, a 4-year-old Giant Gizmo gelding partnered by Luis Contreras, reported in 2:27.77.

Pink Lloyd continued to roll, worthwhile the $100,000 Kenora Stakes at 6 furlongs on the all-weather for the third straight time. It moreover was his fifth straight stakes win in as many begins this 12 months. With Eurico Rosa Da Silva aboard, the 7-year-old Old Forester gelding purchased a dwelling in 1:08.28, 5 1/4 lengths ahead of runner-up and stablemate Circle of Friends.

Red Cabernet stalked the tempo in the $100,000 Algoma Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 on the all-weather, purchased by pacesetting Crumlin Queen and out finished Bear Paw to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Crumlin Queen held third. Red Cabernet, a 5-year-old Signature Red mare, was clocked in 1:45.45 under Emma-Jayne Wilson.

Kingsport confronted solely two opponents in the $100,000 Elgin Stakes for colts and geldings on the all-weather monitor and dueled every into submission, lastly worthwhile by a head over Thor’s Rocket with Aheadbyacentury behind by one different 3/4 lengths in third. Kingsport, a 7-year-old son of Milwaukee Brew, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.18 with Patrick Husbands up.

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