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.
Ten Fillies Trying to Make the Grade in the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes
On Saturday at Churchill Downs, the featured race is the 46th running of the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes. The Grade 2 race for two-year-old fillies will be run at a mile and a sixteenth and has attracted a field of ten.
The morning line favorite in the wide open race is Take Charge Brandi at odds of 7-2 for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The chestnut filly, a daughter of Giant’s Causeway out of a half-sister to champion Will Take Charge, was purchased for $435,000 as a yearling. Regular rider Corey Lanerie will retain the mount after the pair finished fifth in the Adirondack (G2) at Saratoga. She broke her maiden at Churchill Downs at first asking and has had a bullet workout since shipping back to Kentucky.
Pangburn gets a surface switch after maiden win
Second choice at morning line odds of 9-2 is Pangburn. The bay filly, sired by Congrats, is trained by Ken McPeek and will have Joel Rosario in the irons for the first time. She broke her maiden in her debut effort at Ellis Park in July going one mile on the turf. She will be trying dirt for the first time in her first effort against stakes company but is proven around two turns. Pangburn will break from post position five.
True To You stretching out for first try against winners
Also in the field and breaking from the outside post at odds of 6-1 is the Tom Amoss-trained filly, True To You. Purchased for $115,000 earlier this year for Midwest Thoroughbreds, the dark bay daughter of Scat Daddy will be trying winners for the first time after breaking her maiden first time out at Indiana Downs. Martin Pedroza will be aboard as the filly attempts dirt for the first time.
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.