June 11 (UPI) — Even because the horse racing world will get a little bit breather this weekend, up pops Kentucky Derby runner-up Mandaloun because the doubtless favourite within the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park.
The Pegasus and some different exceptions preserve the meter ticking between final week’s pleasure of the Belmont Stakes, Epsom Derby and Oaks and French Derby and subsequent week’s Royal Ascot.
Along with the Pegasus, Santa Anita and Churchill Downs provide graded stakes and each Woodbine and Delaware Park are again in motion — Woodbine after an extended pandemic-related delay.
What is the large information from Oaklawn Park? Take a look at “Information and Notes.”
And, with apologies to ace race-caller Trevor Denman, who has opted again in for the Del Mar assembly, away we go:
However first, a quiz.
What was the title of the Simpsons episode during which Denman guest-voiced a race caller? Once more, see “Information and Notes.”
Basic / Grime Mile
Mandaloun returns to motion for the primary time since his runner-up end within the Kentucky Derby in Sunday’s $150,000 TVG.com Pegasus Stakes for 3-year-olds at Monmouth Park.
The Into Mischief colt, who would inherit the Derby win if the drug allegations towards Medina Spirit ultimately are upheld, faces 4 rivals within the Pegasus.
Brooklyn Sturdy, winner of final 12 months’s Remsen Stakes, reported fifteenth within the Derby. Weyburn received the Grade III Gotham in March and completed fourth within the Grade II Wooden Memorial, however hasn’t raced since that April 3 warmth.
Lugamo returns from a Twelfth-place exhibiting within the Group 2 UAE Derby in March in Dubai. And do not overlook Dr. Jack, a Pioneerof the Nile colt out of the A.P. Indy mare Marion Ravenwood (suppose Raiders of the Misplaced Ark). He is undefeated after two begins for coach Todd Pletcher.
Ny Site visitors is the strong morning-line favourite amongst 10 entered for Saturday’s $150,000 Grade III Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park.
The 4-year-old Cross Site visitors colt, educated by Saffie Joseph Jr., completed second within the 2020 Haskell at Monmouth, then was eighth within the Kentucky Derby and ninth within the Preakness. He received his first begin of 2021 Could 2 at Belmont Park.
Sunday’s $100,000 Grade III Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita attracted 5 3-year-olds to sort out 1 1/16 miles. The Chosen Vron, a Vronsky gelding, has received two straight, most not too long ago the Grade III Lazaro Barrera Stakes Could 15.
Classier received his first begin final October, then completed eighth within the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and reappears right here off an extended, regular collection of works for coach Bob Baffert.
The proverbial “different Baffert,” Defunded, was fourth in each the Santa Anita Derby and the Grade II Pat Day Mile. Mr. Unattainable will not be unimaginable however unlikely.
Filly & Mare Turf
Juliet Foxtrot tops the morning line for Saturday’s $150,000 Grade III Outdated Forester Mint Julep at Churchill Downs, a 1 1/16-miles journey that drew a area of 11.
Juliet Foxtrot, a Juddmonte Farms homebred mare by Dansili, completed sixth on this occasion final 12 months however enters this 12 months’s fray off a victory within the Grade I Coolmore Jenny Wiley at Keeneland in April.
Among the many others, Crystal Ball confirmed promise final 12 months as a 3-year-old and has come alongside properly in two begins this 12 months.
Neige Blanche involves Sunday’s $75,000 Presumably Excellent Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita off a breakthrough win within the Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes 5 weeks in the past.
Rideforthecause was second in that and tries once more. Final 12 months’s Presumably Excellent winner, Dogtag, is again and exits a second within the Grade II Royal Heroine.
Around the globe, across the clock:
With Royal Ascot looming and the Hong Kong and Japanese season approaching their summer time calm, there’s not an entire lot of weekend motion on the worldwide entrance, both.
Royal Ascot opens its five-day run Tuesday with a number of of final 12 months’s pandemic adjustments nonetheless in place and others eased.
The 2 races added to the 2020 schedule have been made everlasting so there shall be seven races every day.
Final 12 months’s assembly was held behind closed doorways. This 12 months, not less than 10,000 spectators shall be allowed every day so among the traditions will return — vogue, foods and drinks and the post-racing songfest amongst them. If Her Majesty returns after an historic absence final 12 months, it is going to be a press release.
We can have a extra in-depth look Monday after recapping this weekend’s motion, so do not miss it.
Saturday’s Group 1 Hollywoodbets Gold Problem at Greyville in Durban takes on new significance this 12 months because of a doubling of its purse by the sponsor from 500,000 rand to 1 million rand.
Nonetheless, it is a sign of the depressed state of the South African racing institution that R1 million equates to about $73,700. And that’s the second-richest on the South African schedule, behind solely to the Group 1 Vodacom Durban July, contested July 3 over the identical observe.
The 1,600-meters occasion attracted a area of 9 with the venerable Rainbow Bridge topping the record. The 7-year-old gelding continues to roll on, profitable his final two begins over among the identical rivals he’ll face within the Gold Problem. The Justin Snaith-trained duo of Jet Darkish and Belgarion additionally benefit a glance.
Hollywoodbets acquired naming rights to the Gold Circle-operated Durban observe in 2019. Gold Circle advertising government Steve Marshall mentioned the assist indicated by that transfer and the purse enhance for Saturday’s race got here “throughout a time when it has been wanted most” as South African racing faces distinctive challenges on a number of fronts.
Information and notes
Oaklawn Park this week introduced it is going to add December dates to its 2021-22 calendar, opening Dec. 3. The season now shall be 66 days, operating via Could 8, 2022.
“For a few years, horsemen have wished to race right here in December to fill a niche of their racing schedule,” mentioned Oaklawn President Louis A. Cella. “We’ve got accomplished our resort enlargement. … Subsequently, the timing is correct for an additional enlargement – to our dwell racing season.”
Cella mentioned the extra days, topic to regulatory approval, “will present an enormous financial influence for horsemen, Arkansas Thoroughbred breeders and tourism in Central Arkansas.”
Coach Ton Moquett applauded the transfer, saying the brand new dates “permit us horsemen to take part in essentially the most profitable purse circuit in America with none interruptions. It is now a clean transition between Oaklawn, Churchill, and Saratoga.”
Quiz reply: Denman’s voice was featured in “Saddlesore Galactica,” first aired Feb. 6, 2000. It is value a glance.