Friday, June 19, 2015

June 20-21, 2015

Let's Go To The Races - June 20-21 
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OHIO DERBY - Preview video
Robert Kieckhefer - June 19, 2015
The 2-year-olds
Six are entered for Saturday's $125,000 Santa Anita Juvenile at 5 1/2 furlongs. None has more than a maiden win to his credit and two don't even have that. Watch and learn.
Seven are in for the companion $125,000 Landaluce Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Santa Anita. The same comments apply, with six maiden winners and one without a win comprising the field.
On Saturday at Woodbine, eight juveniles are set to mix it up at 6 furlongs on the grass in the $150,000 Victoria Stakes. The morning line points to CONQUEST CITY GIRK, the lone filly in the field and a first-time starter, and recent maiden winners GET'ERDONEBUD and BELLVEAU.

The 3-year-olds  
It's that time of year when the refugees from the Triple Crown rigors meeting the late-blooming types to see who might be able to move up a notch in the 3-year-old division before year's end. The $500,000 Ohio Derby on Saturday at Thistledown is a prime example, featuring: WHISKEY TICKET, the undefeated winner of the Grade III Illinois Derby for trainer Bob Baffert; DIVINING ROD, winner of the Grade III Lexington at Keeneland and third in the Grade I Preakness; FAR RIGHT, second to American Pharoah in the Grade I Arkansas Derby but 15th in the Run for the Roses; WAR STORY, third in the Louisiana Derby and 16th in Louisville; MR. Z, third in the Arkansas Derby, 13th under the Twin Spires and fifth in the Preakness; BODHISATTVA, winner of the Federico Tessio and eighth in the Preakness; and TENCENDUR, second in the Grade I Wood Memorial and 17th in the Kentucky Derby. The longer shots in the 1 1/16-miles race are THIRTYSILVERPIECES and DEKABRIST.
BODHISATTVA is cross-entered in Sunday's $150,000, Grade III Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on the lovely Jersey Shore along with seven other 3-year-olds. Among the others, DON'TBETWITHBRUNO was a good third in the Parx Derby, MR. JORDAN has run well in Florida and CHIPIT has won both his starts, also in Florida.
For the 3-year-old fillies, it's Saturday's $200,000, Grade II Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. STELLAR WIND, winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, will try to make amends for her fourth-place showing in the Kentucky Oaks. Nine challengers include FANTASTIC STYLE, SHEER PLEASURE and TARA'S TANGO, all with enough upside to spring an upset if the favorite comes up short.
Belmont Park
Eight fillies and mares are entered for Saturday's $150,000, Grade III Bed o' Roses Handicap at 7 furlongs on the main track. Dame Dorothy is the morning-line favorite as she returns from winning the Grade I Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs but LA VERDAD also merits a look after two straight victories on the New York circuit. ROOM FOR ME and STREET STORY also have claims.
Delaware Park
Saturday's $100,000, Grade II Obeah Stakes for fillies and mares is a prep for the Grade I Delaware Handicap. With 11 entered and several evenly matched, it's a contentious field. The narrow morning-line favorite is Fortune Pearl, who won last season's Grade II Delaware Oaks but has had her ups and downs since that heat.

Eight are set for Sunday's $200,000 (Canadian), Grade II King Edward Stakes at 1 mile on the grass. None of these is quite ready for prime time but TOWER OF TEXAS, a 4-year-old Street Sense gelding, has won both his starts this year over the Woodbine all-weather course. Read more at source
To watch a replay of a race once it has completed, click on the CARD below for a particular race.
3:38 ET  Victoria S  WO  $125,000 2yo  6f T    R6  CARD 
4:04 ET  Donald LeVine Memorial H (L)  PRX  $100,000 3+  7f     R8  CARD 
4:45 ET  Obeah S G3  Del  $100,000 3+ f/m  1 1/8 mi     R8  CARD 
4:57 ET  Bed o' Roses H G3  Bel  $150,000 4+ f/m  7f  R8  CARD 
5:15 ET  Ohio Derby (L)  Tdn  $500,000 3yo  1 1/16 mi     R8  CARD 
7:00 ET  Summertime Oaks G2  SA  $200,000 3yo f  1 1/16 mi  R8  CARD 
4:45 ET  King Edward S (Can-II)  WO  $200,000 3+  1 mi T    R8  CARD
5:00 ET  Santa Anita Juvenile (L) SA  $125,000 2yo  5.5f    R4  CARD
5:43 ET  Pegasus S G3  Mth  $150,000 3yo  1 1/16 mi     R11  CARD 
7:00 ET  Landaluce S (L)  SA  $125,000 2yo f  5.5f    R8  CARD 

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