Hall of Famers Bob Baffert and Mike Smith are heading into Parx Racing's premier weekend with the favorite in both the $1 million Cotillion and $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby. Travers winner West Coast, owned by Gary and Mary West, is the 8-5 morning-line choice for the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby. The 3-year-old son of Flatter took down all three Classic winners in the Travers with a 3 1/4-length victory, and faces a field of nine other sophomores on Saturday.
Second choice is Irap at 3-1, who finished third behind West Coast in the Travers for trainer Doug O'Neill. Irish War Cry will get a rider change to Feargal Lynch in an effort to regain his form for trainer Graham Motion, and the Chad Brown-trained Timeline, most recently fifth in the Haskell, will try to get a better start than he did in that effort.
Baffert and Smith also have Kentucky Oaks winner Abel Tasman in the Cotillion, favored at 8-5 on the morning line. The 3-year-old Quality Road filly has recorded three consecutive Grade 1 wins in her most recent starts, including the Acorn and CCA Oaks.
Major challengers to Abel Tasman include the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained It Tiz Well, as well as Salty for trainer Mark Casse and Actress for trainer Jason Servis.
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