Frosted Seeking Breakthrough Win in $1 Million Pennsylvania Derby
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Wed 16/09/2015 - 22:54 EDT
On Saturday at Parx Racing, the featured race is the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby. Restricted to three-year-olds, the Grade 2 event will be run at a mile and an eighth on the main track and has drawn a field of ten colts and geldings.
Frosted headlines the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. A gray son of Tapit, the Godolphin Racing color-bearer has been on the board in nine of his eleven starts and has won two races including the Wood Memorial (G1). The consistent colt has been on the board in his last three starts and was third last time out in the Travers Stakes (G1) after contesting the pace with Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. Joel Rosario will be aboard from post position three.
Madefromlucky looking for second straight win
Second choice at morning line odds of 4-1 is Madefromlucky, one of two horses in the race for trainer Todd Pletcher. A chestnut son of Lookin at Lucky, he has won four of his ten starts and is a multiple graded stakes winner. After a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, he came back to win the West Virginia Derby (G2) and will have John Velazquez aboard from post five.
Gimme Da Lute puts four-race streak on the line
Also in the field at morning line odds of 5-1 is Gimme Da Lute for trainer Bob Baffert who saddled Bayern to win this race last year. A bay son of Midnight Lute, he has been on the board in all nine starts and is a six-time winner. He is coming into this race off of a four-race win streak and is stepping back up to graded stakes company after two minor stakes wins at Del Mar. Martin Garcia will be in the irons from post six.
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