Endurance Test on Tap in $350,000 American St. Leger
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Fri 14/08/2015 - 23:12 EDT
The Pizza Man (3/1) is expected to run in the Grade 1 Arlington Million, the featured race on the card, leaving the looming question of which runner will assume post time favoritism. Hyper, listed at 7/2 on the morning line, will take plenty of betting action, but gamblers will note his five-race losing streak against competition similar to what he will face in the St Leger. The Chad Brown trainee could appreciate the extra distance, but will likely need to be put into the race sooner by jockey Irad Ortiz – who will be the eight year-old runner’s sixth different jockey in as many starts.
Crucero goes for repeat stakes win
Crucero (8/1) won the Grade 3 San Juan Capistrano June 28 in his last start while just holding on by a neck in the 1 3/4-mile trek at Santa Anita. Kent Desormeaux was aboard for the win and returns to ride the five year-old horse that is trained by his brother, Keith.
Live longshot has legit chance
Az Ridge is listed at 20/1 on the morning line, but is likely to receive at least some backing after showing excellent form in four minor stakes races at Canterbury Park and Turf Paradise since April 4. In those four starts, the six year-old gelding has shown excellent tactical speed while winning three and falling just a nose short in the other attempt. Az Ridge’s win in the Hasta La Vista Stakes came at a distance of 1 7/8 –miles.
One of the most historic - and controversial - editions of the Kentucky Derby is in the books and the next leg of the US Triple Crown moves to Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course for the running of the Preakness Stakes. The 1 3/16 test over the Pimlico dirt track is drawing a wide-open field of three-year-old thoroughbreds gunning for the $1.5 million purse.
Led to the gate by pre-race morning line favorite Omaha Beach, a full field of 20 are set to line up for the 145th Kentucky Derby on late Saturday afternoon. They're running for a total purse of $3 million on the 1 1/4 mile Churchill dirt course and making their bid to follow 2018 winner Justify as Triple Crown champions.
The $100,000 Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes July 2 at Churchill Downs features a field of nine up-and-coming two year olds in a race that may be as confusing as it is competitive.
With the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster the centerpiece of a stellar Downs After Dark racing card June 18 at Churchill Downs, the expected field of seven older runners presents an interesting handicapping puzzle.