The racing lineup this Saturday is highlighted by a pair of Grade 3 races with relatively large purses: The Super Derby at Louisiana Downs with a $ 400,000 purse, and the Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs with its $ 600,000 pot.
Kicking off the action on Saturday is the G3 Violet Stakes (5:04PM EST) at Monmouth Park. For fillies and mares over nine furlongs on the turf, the $ 100,000 race has attracted the Todd Pletcher-trained Isabella Sings as the top choice. The 4-year-old has won a pair of stakes over the course this year, and though she was most recently eighth in the G1 Diana, the company she faces in this spot should be more to her liking. Chad Brown also sends out Tammy the Torpedo, a tough second last out over the same course behind It’sonlyactingdad. Brad Cox trainee Sweet Acclaim has been racing well in her four starts following a lengthy layoff, and may just be peaking in time for this race.
Down to Louisiana Downs, Mo Tom is the star attraction in the $ 400,000, G3 Super Derby. Over nine furlongs on the main track, the Tom Amoss trainee will face a field of six other 3-year-olds. Mo Tom hasn’t raced since late June, when he won the Ohio Derby convincingly, but his workouts indicate that he has been rounding back into form. Dalmore, for trainer Keith Desormeaux, exits much tougher company as he was most recently fifth in the Pacific Classic behind California Chrome. Texas Chrome captured the local prep for this race, and before that finished second in the Iowa Derby behind American Freedom, who went on to be second in the Travers.
Up next is the G3 Arlington-Washington Futurity for juveniles at Arlington Park. The 2-year-olds will contest seven furlongs over the synthetic surface for a purse of $ 100,000. Second in the listed Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga by a hard-fought head in his second start, Wellabled appears to be just that for trainer Larry Rivelli, and is the deserving favorite here. However, the Wesley Ward-trained Star Empire is 2-for-2 in his career in maiden and allowance company, and he brings the talented Tyler Gaffalione up from Florida to ride.
Over to southern Kentucky, the G3, $ 600,000 Kentucky Turf Cup features Mike Maker’s clever claim Da Big Hoss over 1 1/2 miles on the European-style turf course. Da Big Hoss won this race last year, and is currently riding a three-race win streak. Maker’s other entrant Greengrassofyoming was an impressive winner two starts back, then beaten just over a length for everything when fourth in a strong edition of the Arlington Million. Bullards Alley, trained by Tim Glyshaw, is always intriguing, especially if the course gets some of the rain it is expected to see on Saturday.
Finally, the G3 British Columbia Derby features 3-year-olds over nine furlongs on the main track at Hastings Park. A field of nine line up to compete for $ 150,000, led by three-time listed stakes winner Opportunistic, trained by Troy Taylor. His sharpest competition appears to come from Silvertown, second behind Opportunistic in the local prep race.
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