Grade II $200,000 Adirondack Features Battle of Unbeatens
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Sat 09/08/2014 - 20:14 EDT
Even at a tradition-laden racetrack like Saratoga, the Grade II $200,000 Adirondack Stakes for two year-old fillies stands out as one of racing’s timeless jewels as the race has been in existence since 1901.
August 10 marks yet another renewal of the Adirondack drawing a field of seven led by 5/2 morning line favorite Angela Renee who will be making just her second career start after an impressive maiden-breaking debut for trainer Todd Pletcher June 27 at Belmont. A daughter of the 2006 Preakness, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Bernardini, Angela Renee certainly has a right to follow in the footsteps of other top-notch fillies trained by Pletcher to win this race such as Octave (2006) and Kauai Katie (2012).
Wonder Gal already a stakes winner
Wonder Gal is the 3/1 second choice for trainer Leah Gyarmati after debuting with a win July 6 at Belmont in the Lynbroook Stakes. Wonder Gal’s sire is Tiz Wonderful who was a precocious two-year old himself winning the Grade III Iroquois Stakes and Grade II Jockey Club Stakes in 2006. Wonder Gal, a New York bred, will break from the rail.
Vivian Da Bling may be overlooked
Like Angela Renee, Cavorting (7/2 ML), is a daughter of Bernardini and a debut winner against maiden special weight company at Belmont Park. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Cavorting will be an interesting item in a race that looks like might come down to which lightly raced filly can improve the most off solid debut efforts. It is worth noting that Vivian Da Bling (4/1 ML) is two for two for trainer William Brett Calhoun, but will be racing away from Lone Star Park for the first time.
The Grade 2 $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby features the two biggest names from the Triple Crown trail September 24 at Parx as a field of 12 gathers in one of the most intriguing betting races of the year.
The $1 million Cotillion Stakes September 24 at Parx features a true clash of the titans as the six-horse field is headlined by the undefeated, five-time grade 1 winner Songbird who figures to face the most stern challenge of her career.
In a completely wide open renewal of the Presque Isle Mile September 18 at Presque Isle Downs, 13 runners including the also-eligible will contest the eight furlong trip over synthetic footing.
Champion Songbird is set to make her much-anticipated return to the races in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita on Saturday. The Grade 2 event will be run at a mile and a sixteenth and has attracted a field of seven.