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.
Mr. Z Looms Large in $500,000 Indiana Derby
The $60,000 Tamarac Stakes March 27 at Gulfstream Park has drawn a field of six three year-olds set to go seven furlongs on the main track led by the undefeated pair of Mr. Jordan and Competitive Edge who will make their seasonal debuts.
Even money favorite Competitive Edge won his first start July 26 at Saratoga, then captured the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes September 1, but has been idle since. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the undefeated son of 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver shows a steady work tab at Palm Beach Downs dating back to January 25 for his return. Pletcher, who also trained Super Saver boasts excellent percentages with runners returning from extended layoffs. Jockey John Velazquez gets the call breaking from post four.
Mr. Jordan puts perfect record on the line
6/5 morning line second choice Mr. Jordan emerged as a two year-old sensation last November, winning the Juvenile Sprint Stakes and Smooth Air Stakes within a 21 day stretch at Gulfstream West. The gray or roan son of Kantharos broke his maiden at first-asking September 14 at Monmouth, and caught the attention of racing fans with the ease in which he won the pair of stakes races in Florida. Mr. Jordan is trained by Edward Plesa and will be ridden by Gabriel Saez.
Pletcher's "other" colt could be just as live
Pletcher will also saddle Chipit, a debut winner March 7 at Gulfstream. Chipit boasts excellent breeding as a son of Tapit out of an Awesome Again mare. Edgard Zayas will ride breaking 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.