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.
Lexie Lou Takes On Elders in $300,000 Canadian Stakes
On Saturday at Woodbine, ten fillies and mares will vie for an automatic berth into the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf in the 60th edition of the Canadian Stakes. The Grade 2 contest offers a purse of $300,000 and will be run at a mile and an eighth on the turf.
The slight favorite at morning line odds of 5-2 is Solid Appeal for trainer Reade Baker. The five-year-old daughter of Successful Appeal will be reunited with jockey Jesse Campbell after a fifth-place finish in the Diana (G1) at Saratoga. In 2013, she was named Canada’s champion turf mare and five of her six career victories have come at Woodbine. She will break from the outside post and try to earn her second win of the year.
Queen's Plate heroine Lexie Lou looms large
Second choice at odds of 3-1 is Lexie Lou, the winner of the prestigious Queen’s Plate against male rivals earlier in the year. The sophomore filly will be taking on older rivals as she goes for her fourth straight victory for trainer Mark Casse. Regular rider Patrick Husbands remains aboard after the bay daughter of Sligo Bay (IRE) earned her first turf victory last time out. The pair will break from post position two.
Well-bred Deceptive Vision going for first stakes win
Also in the field is Deceptive Vision, a homebred for Sam-Son Farm tabbed at morning line odds of 7-2. Trained by Malcolm Pierce, the four-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy returned off of a year-long layoff this February with a win against optional claiming competition and went on to run second in the Dance Smartly (G2) last time out. She has won three of her six starts and will have Eurico Da Silva in the irons from post three.
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.