William Walker Stakes Headlines Opening Day at Churchill
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Fri 24/04/2015 - 23:02 EDT
The William Walker will be the seventh race on the card with a schedule 9:05 post time for the field of six. Todd Pletcher will saddle 7/5 morning line favorite Blofeld, an undefeated son of Quality Road who last raced November 2, winning the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct. Blofeld won the Grade 2 Futurity Stakes at Belmont prior to that start and will attempt to maintain his perfect resume while making his fourth start at as many different tracks. Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez will be in the irons breaking from post two.
Cinco Charlie loves Churchill
Cinco Charlie (2/1) is a worthy second choice after an impressive juvenile campaign where the colt won the Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill before going on to place third in the Grade 3 Sanford at Saratoga and Grade 2 Futurity Stakes at Belmont. The Steve Asmussen trainee has won six of ten career starts and figures to have a fitness edge on the favorite after running second in the February 21 Mine That Bird Derby at Sunland Park.
West coast shipper make comeback
The Bob Baffert-trained Holiday Camp (5/1), will try to upset the applecart while making his return to the races following a ninth-place finish in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity in September.
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.
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.