Weekend Lineup Presented By DRF Bets: Maryland Million

by | 10.20.2017 | 4:37pm
Admiral's War Chest will be aiming for an unprecedented third consecutive Maryland Million Classic victory

The Maryland Million series is the highlight of this weekend's stakes action as excitement continues to build two weeks away from the Breeders' Cup World Championships. A series of stakes races held at Laurel Park on Saturday, the Maryland Million consists of an 11-race card which drew a total of 142 entries.

The $125,000 Maryland Million Turf drew 16 entries, a $50,000 starter on the turf drew 15, and the $100,000 Nursery and $100,000 Lassie drew a total of 29 juveniles. Then there's Admirals War Chest trying to win an unprecedented third consecutive $150,000 Classic, and he's listed at 10-1 on the morning line.

Kicking off the graded stakes action is the G3 Valley View at Keeneland on Friday, featuring sophomore fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the turf course. A field of 14 is expected to run in what should be a very good betting race, as the “favorite” on the morning line is listed at 5-1.

Saturday's Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland is a seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies on the main track. Another contentious field featuring 11 entrants, the Raven Run features Dorothy and Michael Matz homebred Tequilita, as well as multiple stakes-winning California-bred Miss Sunset.

On Sunday, Keeneland's card features the G3 Dowager for fillies and mares over 1 1/2 miles on the turf. Todd Pletcher trainee Grateful is the slight favorite on the morning line, though both Apple Betty and Lottie are expected to be tough as well.

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