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.
Champion Untapable Tops Field for $200,000 Shuvee Handicap
Untapable has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 7-5 for trainer Steve Asmussen. Last year, the chestnut daughter of Tapit capped off an Eclipse Award winning […]
Untapable has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 7-5 for trainer Steve Asmussen. Last year, the chestnut daughter of Tapit capped off an Eclipse Award winning three-year-old season with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) and has won one of her three starts this year. She was second in the Ogden Phipps (G1) last time out and has been training steadily since then. John Velazquez will be aboard and they will break from post position four.
Stopchargingmaria going for second straight win
Second choice at 2-1 is Stopchargingmaria for trainer Todd Pletcher. A dark bay daughter of Tale of the Cat, the four-year-old filly has won seven of her thirteen starts and has been first or second in her last six outings. Last time out, she won the Allaire DuPont Distaff (G3) at Pimlico. As a sophomore, she won a pair of Grade 1 races at Saratoga and will have Javier Castellano aboard from post five.
Stateside debut for Privet Hedge
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Privet Hedge for trainer Bill Mott. A four-year-old daughter of First Defence bred and owned by Juddmonte Farms, she will be making her North American debut after racing exclusively in France. She has won three of her eight starts and will be making her first start off of a seven-month layoff. Jose Lezcano has the mount 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.