Valor International’s Cerro (IRE) is named the overwhelming favorite to
win Pimlico Race Course’s final stakes race of the spring meeting, the
$100,000 Canonero II for 3-year olds, on Saturday afternoon.
Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
racing at Gulfstream Park and Keeneland earlier this year under the
tutelage of Graham Motion, Cerro (6-5) will be asked to cover 1-1/8th
miles for the second time since breaking his maiden in Italy last
summer. The son of Mr. Greeley is one-of-four this year including a
sixth place finish behind Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the Fountain of
Youth (G2). Rick Mettee took over training duties after a fourth place
finish in the Lexington Stakes (G3). Alan Garcia has the riding
Strike (3-1) is the only stakes winner in the field, taking the Miracle
Wood Stakes at Laurel park in early February for trainer Dickie Small.
Since then the son of Smart Strike finished off the board in the Private
Terms Stakes and Federico Tesio Stakes. Dynamic Strike put in a bullet
half-mile work Wednesday morning, in which assistant trainer Dylan Smith
reports the colt “came back sharper than he went to the track.” Forest
Boyce will ride for the seventh straight time.
of Jazz (4-1), who has wins for John Rigatteri, King Leatherbury and
Juan Vasquez, makes his stakes debut. Hector Garcia is now his trainer
of record. Apprentice Victor Carrasco will be aboard the Woke Up Dreamin
Doodle (8-1) has finished first or second in seven of 11 lifetime
starts, including the Maryland Juvenile Championship last December.
However the Gary Capuano trainee has failed to hit the board in his last
two stakes tries: the Private Terms and Tesio. Xavier Perez has the
call on the son of Cherokee’s Boy.
Recent maiden winners Midnight Cello (8-1) and Handsome Tiger (12-1) complete the field.