A bevy of graded stakes action awaits racing fans this weekend, highlighted by the Saturday card at Belmont Park. Both the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks and Belmont Derby have drawn competitive fields, while the Belmont Sprint Championship features Dubai superstar Mind Your Biscuits and the Suburban field is led by Shaman Ghost.
The Belmont Oaks Invitiational is a 1 1/4-mile turf contest for sophomore fillies, and the 12-deep field is led by a quartet of Chad Brown trainees: Sistercharlie, New Money Honey, Uni, and Fifty Five. Trainer Aidan O'Brien has sent Key to my Heart, and Kenny McPeek is trying Daddys Lil Darling on the turf once again.
The Belmont Derby Invitational is also a 1 1/4-mile turf race for sophomores, and it drew a field of 11 colts and geldings. Breeders' Cup winner Oscar Performance will try to lead the group from start to finish, but a pair of Aidan O'Brien trainees will try to repeat the trainer's success in this race in back to back years. Another interesting entrant is the Bill Mott-trained Yoshida, an impressive winner last out on the Belmont Stakes undercard.
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