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.
Fillies in Good Form for $85,000 Ellen's Lucky Star
At 7/5 on the morning line, Comforter looks to be well-spotted by trainer Paul Holthus. A daughter of Nobiz Like Shobiz, Comforter has recorded 4 wins in 10 career starts […]
At 7/5 on the morning line, Comforter looks to be well-spotted by trainer Paul Holthus. A daughter of Nobiz Like Shobiz, Comforter has recorded 4 wins in 10 career starts for earnings of $151,560, and has been a model of consistency with just a single off-the-board finish. Comforter enters the Ellen’s Lucky Star off consecutive allowance scores at Indiana Grand and finished second in the Stormy Blue Stakes April 18 at Pimlico in her last stakes try. Veteran jockey Rodney Prescott will take the mount breaking from post four.
Lady Fog Horn looks for third straight
Lady Fog Horn (3/1), also enters the race off back-to-back allowance wins, and appears to be the main danger to Comforter. In nine career starts, Lady Fog Horn has found the winner’s circle four times, including her June 6 allowance tally at Indiana Grand after nearly four months on the bench. Prior to that effort, Lady Fog Horn defeated allowance foes at Tampa Downs February 26. Albin Jimenez will ride breaking from the rail.
Heart's Song outclasses foes
Heart’s Song (5/2), ran third in the Grade 2 Golden Rod Stakes as a two year-old, and returned June 18 at Churchill after nearly six months on the bench to win an allowance race at Churchill Downs. The William Connelly-trainee is clearly the class of the field and will be tough to deny.
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.