This weekend's graded stakes action features a pair of Grade 1 stakes restricted to sophomores in Pennsylvania, the annual Pennsylvania Derby and Cotillion Stakes at Parx.
Abel Tasman headlines the Cotillion for trainer Bob Baffert. The Quality Road filly has won her last three starts, all in Grade 1 company, and figures to be the heavy favorite at post time. Similarly, Baffert-trained West Coast leads the Pennsylvania Derby field after a 3 1/4-length victory in Saratoga's Travers, though he'll face tough competition from multiple graded stakes winners Irap, Irish War Cry and Timeline.
Belmont's weekend racing is led by the G2 Kelso on Saturday. The one-turn mile drew a field of six, and the Jorge Navarro-trained Sharp Azteca is favored over Arnaud Delacour's Divining Rod on the morning line. Both Tom's Ready and Tommy Macho could prove a threat with a return to form.
Sunday's action is highlighted by the $400,000 G3 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park. Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Battle of Midway is the slight favorite over Haskell winner Girvin, and West Virginia Derby winner Colonelsdarktemper could also prove a worthy challenger.
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