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.
Storming Inti Looks For Third Stake Win
Storming Inti will try to make it three-for-three at the stakes level on Sunday afternoon at Gulfstream Park, when the three-year-old Pennsylvania-bred son of Stormy Atlantic takes on seven others in the $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Second choice in the morning line at 3-1, Storming Inti won his first stakes try two starts back in taking the Awad Stakes on the Belmont turf, and followed that up with a win over a sloppy dirt surface when the Pulpit Stakes was moved off the Gulfstream turf.
First choice comes out of the Breeders' Cup
Favored in the ML at 5-2 is the Ontario-bred We Miss Artie, who won the Grade I Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland in October before a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on the dirt. Last time he ran on the turf he was sixth in the Grade II With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga, three starts back. After finishing sixth in the Awad, Cabo Cat came back to finish second in the Grade II Dania at Gulfstream last month at 38-1. With that effort, he’s listed as the third choice here at 5-1.
Longshots have recent wins on their record
At 6-1 and making his stakes debut will be Rope A Dope, who has won two of three at the allowance level, including his last time out when he came four wide in a one mile turf event at Gulfstream and then drifted out in the stretch but was still able to prevail by a half length. Another who overcame an adventurous trip last time out to win is Go Go Romeo, who could have something to add to the exotics as the longest shot in the morning line at 20-1.
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.