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.
$100,000 Grade 3 Bashford Manor Draws Eight
9/5 morning line favorite, He’s Comin in Hot will break from the rail under regular jockey Jamie Theriot after posting an impressive 4 ½ length maiden special weight score June […]
9/5 morning line favorite, He’s Comin in Hot will break from the rail under regular jockey Jamie Theriot after posting an impressive 4 ½ length maiden special weight score June 12 at Churchill Downs in his third career start. Prior to that winning effort, the William Brett Calhoun trainee finished second in a key race where third-place finisher Acapulco returned to win a stakes race at Royal Ascot. In his debut, He’s Comin in Hot ran third at Keeneland behind next-out winner Cockedandloaded. The six furlong distance of the Bashford Manor will be a furlong longer than He’s Comin in Hot’s longest race.
Shoot Craps back on dirt
2/1 second choice Shoot Craps flopped in his debut May 23 at Churchill, finishing a well-beaten third at 2/1 odds, but rebounded to win a June 7 maiden special weight race at Belmont going five furlongs on the turf. Shoot Craps’ sire, Trappe Shot, ran exclusively on dirt, making the colt’s initial start more logically attributable to inexperience than his preference for turf. Trained by Dane Kobiskie, Shoot Craps worked four furlongs in 47.4 seconds June 22 on dirt at the nearby Thoroughbred Training Center.
Asmussen charge should improve
Show Bound (5/2), ran third behind Shoot Craps on the grass at Belmont while making his debut. The Steve Asmussen trainee could take a major step forward in his second career start and upon switching to dirt.
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.