The highlight of the Saturday card at Belmont Park is the $1,000,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (Gr. 1) with a post time of 5:28pm EST. This race is run at a distance of one and one fourth miles for Three-Year-Olds and upward and is the feature of an 11 race card which includes six stake races.
There are four Grade 1 stakes on the opening day card at Santa Anita ParkSanta Anita Park concluding with the Awesome Again Stakes (Gr. 1) with a post time of 5:14 pm PST. This race is for Three-Year-Olds and upward who are out to battle for a $300,000 purse.
Santa Anita Park resumes racing on Saturday with a huge card that includes a return to the track for Beholder as she tunes up for a battle with American Pharoah in the Breeder’s Cup Classic.
PARX made a strong case to have Triple Crown winner American Pharoah here, but the connections chose the Travers Stakes where Keen Ice pulled the upset. Today another Travers contender makes a quick turnaround to be installed as the Morning Line favorite.
2014’s best two-year-old filly takes on the hottest filly of 2015 in the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes at PARX on Saturday afternoon.
The highlight of the Saturday card at Belmont Park is the $500,000 Sands Point Stakes (Gr. 2) with a post time of 5:19pm EST. This race is for Three-Year-Old fillies who are out to battle for a $500,000 purse. Sentiero Italia, a graded stakes winner out of Medaglia d’Oro and Golden Way, has 5 starts on her career with 3 wins. The Kiaran McLaughlin trained filly is owned by GoDolphin racing and is coming off a victory in the Maker’s Mark Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga in August where she ran down My Temple City in the stretch. She has been installed as the Morning Line (ML) favorite at 3/1, while My Temple City is 5/1 ML as they do battle again on Saturday.
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