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.
Za Approval Headlines Field for $200,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes
On Saturday at Gulfstream Park, the featured race is the 62nd running of the $200,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes. The Grade 2 race, scheduled to be run at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf, has drawn a deep field of thirteen with one additional entered for the main track only.
Za Approval has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 and will be making his first start for trainer Mark Casse. Bred and owned by Live Oak Plantation, the seven-year-old gelded son of Ghostzapper has won eight times throughout his career and is a multiple graded stakes winner. Three of his victories have come over the Gulfstream Park turf. He has been training forwardly for his first start of the year and will have Joel Rosario aboard from post position eleven.
Mshawish going for two in a row
Todd Pletcher will saddle the second choice, Mshawish, at morning line odds of 4-1. The five-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro made his stateside debut in July after racing on multiple continents for the early part of his career. He has four wins from fifteen starts including a Group 2 score at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates. He won the El Prado Stakes at Gulfstream Park last time out and will have Javier Castellano aboard from post position three.
Stakes debut for seven-figure purchase Mosler
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Mosler who is making his stakes debut and his first start on turf for trainer Bill Mott. Purchased for $1.05 million as a yearling, the four-year-old son of War Front is out of a half-sister to graded stakes winner Pomeroy. He has won three of his six career starts, most recently an optional claiming race at Aqueduct. John Velazquez will be aboard and they are scheduled to break from post position six.
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.