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.
Seven Juvenile Fillies Set in the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes
Some of the most promising two-year-old fillies in the country are set to compete in the 98th running of the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes on Sunday at Saratoga. The Grade 2 race will be contested at six and a half furlongs on the main track and has drawn a field of seven.
The morning line favorite at 5-2 is Angela Renee, a two-year-old daughter of Bernardini trained by Todd Pletcher. Bred and owned by Siena Farm, LLC, the bay filly is out of the minor stakes winning mare Pilfer. She broke her maiden in her debut effort at Belmont Park in June and will again have John Velazquez in the irons for her first effort against stakes company. The pair will break from post position three.
High-priced Cavorting will make stakes debut
Kiaran Mclaughlin will send out Cavorting at morning line odds of 7-2. The bay daughter of Bernardini was purchasing as a weanling for $360,000 by Stonestreet Stables, LLC and will have Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the irons for her first start against winners. In her debut effort, she romped by eleven-lengths as the favorite. She is out of a graded stakes winning mare and will break from post five.
Well-bred Take Charge Brandi has experience edge
Also in the field is Take Charge Brandi, a longshot at 10-1 on the morning line for D. Wayne Lukas. A $435,000 purchase as a yearling, the chestnut filly is by Giant’s Causeway and out of a half-sister to champion three-year-old Will Take Charge. She broke her maiden in her debut effort in June and was second in the Schuylerville (G3) at Saratoga in July.
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.