Schuylerville Stakes Headlines Opening Day at the Spa
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Fri 24/07/2015 - 02:49 EDT
The 2/1 morning line favorite, Positively Royal, was an impressive debut winner June 18 at Belmont for trainer Todd Pletcher. The regally-bred daughter of Bernardini, out of a Storm Cat mare was bumped at the start of the five-furlong race, but recovered nicely to win by 3 1/2-lengths as the odds-on favorite. Positively Royal will break from post 7 with Javier Castellano in the irons. The additional furlong of the Schuylerville figures to be of benefit to Positively Royal.
Moment is Right seeks repeat stakes score
Moment is Right (5/2), is one of two horses in an uncoupled entry for trainer Wesley Ward who excels with two year-old runners. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro has won both career starts including the Astoria Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs June 4 at Belmont Park. Prior to that effort, Moment is Right was a debut winner May 15 at Gulfstream Park. Like Positively Royal, the additional ground figures to accentuate Moment is Right’s stamina-laden pedigree. Joel Rosario gets the call breaking from post 6.
Desormeaux brothers team up
Decked Out was narrowly beaten by Moment is Right in the Astoria and takes another crack at that rival for trainer Keith Desormeaux while breaking from the rail. The daughter of Street Boss was a first-out winner at Santa Anita Park May 7, and will receive the services of jockey Kent Desormeaux.
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.