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.
Sunshine Millions Preview Day Starts Early at Gulfstream West
Florida Sunshine Millions Preview Day at Gulfstream Park West kicks off Saturday, November 12 in race 2 with the $100,000 Millions Distaff Preview with a competitive field of eight fillies and mares set to go one mile on the main track.
The classy and talented Devil’s Cave (5/2) makes her return from over a six month layoff for trainer Martin Wolfson to assume the favorite’s role. The grade 2 winning Devil’s Cave was last seen May 2 at Churchill Downs finishing third in the Grade 1 La Troienne. Earlier in the spring, Devil’s Cave won the Grade 2 Sabin and third in the Grade 3 Rampart – both at Gulfstream Park proper. Devil’s Cave started twice at the old Calder (recently renamed Gulfstream West) with one win and one second place finish. Martin Wolfson hits at a 20% clip with runners returning from layoffs greater than 180 days.
Swinger's Party loves the surface
Wolfson also sends out the 7/2 third choice in Swinger’s Party, who is also returning from a layoff. Swinger’s Party last raced July 27 at Saratoga, finishing a dismal seventh and beaten by 28 lengths on a muddy track in the Grade 3 Shuvee. Swinger’s Party has excelled over the Calder/Gulfstream Park West strip with two wins and a second in three starts.
Puddifoot tries to go long
Puddifoot (3/1), will try to stretch out to a mile for trainer Edward Plesa after six career races between 5 and half and six furlongs. Breaking from post 1 Puddifoot is likely to be the early leader with a clean start.
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.