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.
$50,000 Winter Melody Stakes Draws Field of Seven
Call Pat has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer Brad Cox. A five-year-old daughter of Lawyer Ron, she is a four-time career winner […]
Call Pat has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer Brad Cox. A five-year-old daughter of Lawyer Ron, she is a four-time career winner and will be trying to earn her first black type victory. She has one win from four starts this year which came against optional claiming competition two starts back at Oaklawn Park. She was last seen finishing fifth in the Apple Blossom (G1) and will break from the outside post under jockey Alex Cintron.
Tapit's World trying to return to form
Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Tapit’s World for trainer Michelle Nevin. A five-year-old daughter of Tapit, she has won three of her fourteen starts but has not hit the board since a runner-up effort in the Gardenia Stakes (G3) in August. She is trying to rebound after finishing twelfth in the Florida Sunshine Millions Distaff Stakes. She has been training steadily since then and will have Victor Carrasco in the irons from post position six.
South Andros looking for second career stakes win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is South Andros for trainer Rodney Jenkins. A five-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa, the gray mare is a four-time winner and was a stakes winner at Delaware Park last summer. She has finished off the board in both starts this year and is coming out of an eighth-place finish in the Maryland Racing Media Stakes. Xavier Perez will be aboard and they are scheduled to break from post position two.
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.