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.
Opening Day at Aqueduct Features $200,000 Tempted Stakes
On Wednesday, Aqueduct will open with the $200,000 Tempted Stakes. Restricted to two-year-old fillies, the Grade 2 event will be run at one mile on the main track and has drawn a field of six.
Welcoming headlines the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer Christophe Clement. Purchased for $520,000 as a yearling, the gray filly is by top stallion Tapit and will be trying to earn her first stakes victory. After a fifth-place finish in her debut, she improved to second in her next start and broke through and broke her maiden last time out. Joel Rosario will be aboard and they will break from post position two.
Big World looking for second straight victory
Second choice at morning line odds of 5-2 is Big World for trainer Anthony Dutrow. A bay daughter of Custom for Carlos, she has been on the board in all three starts and was purchased for $98,000 as a yearling. She finished third in her first two starts and broke her maiden last time out at Saratoga as the favorite. Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be back aboard and they will break from post position four.
Banree heading back in the right direction
Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is Banree for trainer Wesley Ward. A gray daughter of Macho Uno, she has won two of her five career starts. After breaking her maiden at first asking, she had three starts against stakes company and was second in the Schuylerville Stakes (G3). After a poor effort in the Spinaway Stakes (G1), she rebounded to win an allowance race last time out and will break from the outside under Rafael Hernandez.
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.