Weekend Lineup: Sophomores On Display At Parx

by | 09.22.2017 | 5:46pm
Bob Baffert keeps an eye on West Coast heading to the track at Parx

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.

  • Richard C

    If railbirds want to briefly take a break from handicapping an upcoming race……on Friday morning, BBC Radio – through its NPR partnership – had a fantastic feature on a 1958 match race that could have been explored through countless sports, political and pop culture angles. A succinct journey through the history can be found in a rich story….that can be accessed by typing “borderwallasarchitecture horse racing” into a search engine.

  • Paul Tail

    I have no interest in a track, let alone a state that can’t race with integrity.

  • Always Curious

    Why the H*** does Jorge ‘the Juice” Navarro have a horse in this race? I hope he gets a big fat booing welcome.

    • Richard C

      That question can also be posed to Ron Paolucci — if a turf scribe is persistent enough to wait until ol’ Ron pauses from yapping away into his smart phone….while parading around the track grounds like a conquering hero.

      • Always Curious

        I know the answer to my question. Sad. I do remember reading about new rules in PA but they do not start until October:( I read them here on the PR a couple months ago. Check out the Alphabet Soup Stakes & the heavy favorite Tacit ride by Luis Saez and tell me what you think.

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