First Look: See Cigar Mile, Derby & Oaks preps ... plus Del Mar

First Look: See Cigar Mile, Derby & Oaks preps ... plus Del Mar
Photo: Candice Chavez / Eclipse Sportswire

Keep track of graded stakes on HRN:
Stakes schedule | Stakes Tracker | Stakes results

Will Zandon break his string of close-but-no-cigar finishes Saturday in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap? Who will pick up points for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks?

We’ll find out this weekend when Aqueduct and Del Mar offer eight graded stakes, which also include the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby and Matriarch.

Here’s an early look at the likely fields.

Saturday

Cigar Mile Handicap (G1), Aqueduct, 1 mile, 3-year-olds and up

Zandon has finished in the money in each of his eight career starts but hasn’t won in four graded-stakes starts since the Blue Grass (G1) in April. Last out he was beaten three lengths by Taiba in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1), where White Abarrio, also expected here, finished fifth. In Mind Control’s last six starts, three have been at a mile, and they were the only three he won in that stretch. Double Crown and Baby Yoda meet again after finishing 1-2 in the Kelso (G2) here last month.

2022 Cigar Mile G1

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status

Horse Silk Zandon Zandon
Upstart
8.02 Chad C. Brown 2nd, 2022 Pennsylvania Derby G1 Probable
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Pennsylvania Derby G1

Horse Silk White Abarrio White Abarrio
Race Day
7.35 Saffie A. Joseph, Jr. 5th, 2022 Pennsylvania Derby G1 Probable
Last Race 5th, 2022 Pennsylvania Derby G1

Horse Silk O Besos O Besos
Orb
6.57 Gregory D. Foley 5th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Sprint G1 Probable
Last Race 5th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Sprint G1

Horse Silk Mind Control Mind Control
Stay Thirsty
7.12 Todd A. Pletcher 1st, 2022 Parx Dirt Mile LS Probable
Last Race 1st, 2022 Parx Dirt Mile LS

Horse Silk Get Her Number Get Her Number
Dialed In
6.01 Peter Miller 7th, 2022 Pat O'Brien Handicap G2 Possible
Last Race 7th, 2022 Pat O'Brien Handicap G2

Horse Silk Double Crown Double Crown
Bourbon Courage
5.34 Norman L. Cash 1st, 2022 Kelso Handicap G2 Probable
Last Race 1st, 2022 Kelso Handicap G2

Horse Silk Baby Yoda Baby Yoda
Prospective
4.93 William I. Mott 2nd, 2022 Kelso Handicap G2 Probable
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Kelso Handicap G2

Remsen (G2), Aqueduct, 1 1/8 miles, 2-year-olds, 10-4-3-2-1 Kentucky Derby points

Tuskegee Airmen is 2-for-2, including a stakes win. Prove Right has the most experience, with eight starts. He broke his maiden on second try in June and hasn’t won since, losing his lead in the Nashua (G3) last out after weakening late. Arctic Arrogance has a record of 3: 2-1-0, with a 4 1/2-length win last out over Quick to Accuse, also expected here.

2022 Remsen G2

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status
Horse Silk Tuskegee Airmen Tuskegee Airmen
Street Sense
0.00 John C. Servis 1st, 2022 Rocky Run LS Probable
Last Race 1st, 2022 Rocky Run LS
Horse Silk Quick to Accuse Quick to Accuse
Accelerate
4 Horacio DePaz 2nd, 2022 Sleepy Hollow RS Probable
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Sleepy Hollow RS
Horse Silk Prove Right Prove Right
Justify
4 James K. Chapman 3rd, 2022 Nashua G3 Probable
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Nashua G3
Horse Silk Midnight Trouble Midnight Trouble
Midnight Lute
0.00 Anthony Pecoraro 2nd, 2022 Rocky Run LS Probable
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Rocky Run LS
Horse Silk Dubyuhnell Dubyuhnell
Good Magic
4 Danny Gargan 1st, Aqu MSW (10/2/22-R2) Probable
Last Race 1st, Aqu MSW (10/2/22-R2)
Horse Silk Arctic Arrogance Arctic Arrogance
Frosted
5 Linda Rice 1st, 2022 Sleepy Hollow RS Probable
Last Race 1st, 2022 Sleepy Hollow RS

Demoiselle (G2), Aqueduct, 1 1/8 miles, 2-year-old fillies, 10-4-3-2-1 Kentucky Oaks points

Julia Shining is a Curlin filly who won her only start by 2 3/4 lengths over 11 rivals. Foggy Night is 1-for-4, and Tribal Queen broke her maiden last out in her third try.

2022 Demoiselle G2

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status

Horse Silk Tribal Queen Tribal Queen
Bolt d'Oro
4.45 Anthony W. Dutrow 8th, Sar MSW (8/7/22-R5) Probable
Last Race 8th, Sar MSW (8/7/22-R5)

Horse Silk Julia Shining Julia Shining
Curlin
4.27 Todd A. Pletcher 1st, Kee MSW (10/16/22-R6)
2022 Demoiselle G2
Probable
Last Race
Next Race
1st, Kee MSW (10/16/22-R6)
2022 Demoiselle G2

Horse Silk Foggy Night Foggy Night
Khozan
0.00 Robert E. Reid Jr. 2nd, 2022 Tempted LS Probable
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Tempted LS

Go For Wand (G3), Aqueduct, 1 mile, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

Battle Bling has a record of 9: 4-4-0 this year and has won three straight. She led gate to wire to win the Turnback the Alarm (G3) here last out. Love in the Air has a two-race win streak and has finished in the money in each of her six starts this year.

2022 Go For Wand Handicap G3

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status

Horse Silk Love In The Air Love In The Air
Constitution
4.12 John C. Servis 1st, 2022 Plum Pretty RS Probable
Last Race 1st, 2022 Plum Pretty RS

Horse Silk Flight To Shanghai Flight To Shanghai
Shanghai Bobby
5.09 Jane Cibelli 4th, 2022 Obeah LS Probable
Last Race 4th, 2022 Obeah LS

Horse Silk Dr B Dr B
Liam's Map
4.45 Robert E. Reid Jr. 2nd, 2022 Pumpkin Pie LS Probable
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Pumpkin Pie LS

Horse Silk Battle Bling Battle Bling
Vancouver
5.67 Rob Atras 1st, 2022 Turnback The Alarm G3 Probable
Last Race 1st, 2022 Turnback The Alarm G3

Hollywood Derby (G1), Del Mar, 1 1/8 miles (turf), 3-year-olds

Cabo Spirit caught Speaking Scout to win the Twilight Derby (G2) last out. Celestial City has a record of 9: 3-2-2, with all of his starts this year. His Hill Prince (G2) victory last out was his first graded win. Evan Harlan is coming off a maiden win in his fifth start, all in-the-money finishes. Wit was caught by a neck last out in the Bryan Station (G3).

2022 Hollywood Derby G1

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status

Horse Silk Wit Wit
Practical Joke
5.69 Todd A. Pletcher 2nd, 2022 Bryan Station Stakes G3 Possible
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Bryan Station Stakes G3

Horse Silk War At Sea War At Sea
War Front
4.79 Ronald W. Ellis 3rd, 2022 Del Mar Derby G2 Possible
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Del Mar Derby G2

Horse Silk Speaking Scout Speaking Scout
Mr Speaker
4.12 H. Graham Motion 2nd, 2022 Twilight Derby G2 Probable
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Twilight Derby G2

Horse Silk Script Script
Algorithms
4.91 H. Graham Motion 2nd, 2022 Let It Ride RS Possible
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Let It Ride RS

Horse Silk Evan Harlan Evan Harlan
Temple City
4.12 H. Graham Motion 1st, Aqu MSW (10/15/22-R6) Possible
Last Race 1st, Aqu MSW (10/15/22-R6)

Horse Silk Clutch Hitter Clutch Hitter
Uncle Mo
4.79 John A. Shirreffs 5th, 2022 Let It Ride RS Probable
Last Race 5th, 2022 Let It Ride RS

Horse Silk Celestial City Celestial City
Uncle Mo
5.84 Claude R. McGaughey III 1st, 2022 Hill Prince G2 Probable
Last Race 1st, 2022 Hill Prince G2

Horse Silk Cabo Spirit Cabo Spirit
Pioneerof the Nile
5.92 George Papaprodromou 1st, 2022 Twilight Derby G2 Probable
Last Race 1st, 2022 Twilight Derby G2

Jimmy Durante (G3), Del Mar, 1 mile (turf), 2-year-old fillies

Look for a full field of 14 in this one. Private Credit won her maiden by 4 1/4 lengths going one mile on her second try last out. Pleasant Wave also is coming off a maiden victory, winning by a neck at five furlongs on this track. Another second-start maiden winner is Ragtime Rose, scoring at six furlongs on the Santa Anita turf.

2022 Jimmy Durante G3

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status

Horse Silk Thebestisyettobe Thebestisyettobe
Elzaam
0.00 Philip D'Amato 2nd, Dmr AlwOC (11/12/22-R3) Probable
Last Race 2nd, Dmr AlwOC (11/12/22-R3)

Horse Silk Showgirl Lynne B Showgirl Lynne B
Constitution
6 Robert B. Hess Jr. 7th, 2022 Stewart Manor LS Probable
Last Race 7th, 2022 Stewart Manor LS

Horse Silk Sell The Dream Sell The Dream
Munnings
4 Brian J. Koriner 4th, 2022 Golden State Juvenile Fillies RS Probable
Last Race 4th, 2022 Golden State Juvenile Fillies RS

Horse Silk Ragtime Rose Ragtime Rose
Union Rags
4 Jeff Mullins 1st, SA MSW (10/22/22-R7)
2022 Jimmy Durante G3
Probable
Last Race
Next Race
1st, SA MSW (10/22/22-R7)
2022 Jimmy Durante G3

Horse Silk Quickly Park It Quickly Park It
Prospect Park
4 Sean McCarthy 1st, 2022 Pike Place Dancer LS Probable
Last Race 1st, 2022 Pike Place Dancer LS

Horse Silk Private Credit Private Credit
Into Mischief
5 Chad C. Brown 1st, Mth MSW (9/2/22-R1) Probable
Last Race 1st, Mth MSW (9/2/22-R1)

Horse Silk Pleasant Wave Pleasant Wave
More Than Ready
0.00 George Papaprodromou 1st, Dmr MSW (11/18/22-R5)
2022 Jimmy Durante G3
Probable
Last Race
Next Race
1st, Dmr MSW (11/18/22-R5)
2022 Jimmy Durante G3

Horse Silk Pallotta Sisters Pallotta Sisters
Cairo Prince
4 H. Graham Motion 1st, Del MSW (10/12/22-R7) Probable
Last Race 1st, Del MSW (10/12/22-R7)

Horse Silk Lollipop Gumdrop Lollipop Gumdrop
Twirling Candy
4 Michael W. McCarthy 1st, GG MSW (9/16/22-R4)
2022 Jimmy Durante G3
Probable
Last Race
Next Race
1st, GG MSW (9/16/22-R4)
2022 Jimmy Durante G3

Sunday

Matriarch (G1), Del Mar, 1 mile (turf), fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

Regal Glory, winner of last year's Matriarch, is looking for her first win since the Just A Game (G1) in June. Wakanaka bounced back from his seventh-place finish in the Woodbine Mile (G1) to win the black-type Fall Harvest at Keeneland. Bipartisanship got her first win of the year last out in her second start off the bench, a come-from-behind score in the black-type Kathryn Cosby on this track. Dolce Zel moved to Chad Brown’s barn this year after racing in France, and he has guided her to a 5: 2-1-2 record, including wins in the Florida Oaks (G3) and Lake George (G3).

2022 Matriarch Stakes G1

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status

Horse Silk Wakanaka Wakanaka
Power
6.87 William I. Mott 1st, 2022 Fall Harvest Stakes LS Possible
Last Race 1st, 2022 Fall Harvest Stakes LS

Horse Silk Regal Glory Regal Glory
Cotai Glory
0.00 Laura J. Mongan 7th, Lin Str (6/13/22-R2)
2022 Matriarch Stakes G1
Probable
Last Race
Next Race
7th, Lin Str (6/13/22-R2)
2022 Matriarch Stakes G1

Horse Silk Pizza Bianca Pizza Bianca
Fastnet Rock
5.93 Christophe Clement 4th, 2022 Sands Point G2 Possible
Last Race 4th, 2022 Sands Point G2

Horse Silk Hamwood Flier Hamwood Flier
Kodiac
4.45 Philip D'Amato 1st, 2022 Swingtime Stakes LS Probable
Last Race 1st, 2022 Swingtime Stakes LS

Horse Silk England's Rose England's Rose
English Channel
4.45 John A. Shirreffs 2nd, 2022 Goldikova Stakes G2 Probable
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Goldikova Stakes G2

Horse Silk Eddie's New Dream Eddie's New Dream
Square Eddie
4.79 Ben D. A. Cecil 1st, 2022 California Distaff Handicap RS Probable
Last Race 1st, 2022 California Distaff Handicap RS

Horse Silk Dolce Zel Dolce Zel
Zelzal
4.12 Chad C. Brown 3rd, 2022 Lake Placid G2 Probable
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Lake Placid G2

Horse Silk Bipartisanship Bipartisanship
Bated Breath
0.00 H. Graham Motion 1st, 2022 Kathryn Crosby Stakes RS Probable
Last Race 1st, 2022 Kathryn Crosby Stakes RS

Horse Silk Avenue De France Avenue De France
Cityscape
6.89 Leonard Powell 5th, 2022 Goldikova Stakes G2 Probable
Last Race 5th, 2022 Goldikova Stakes G2

Cecil B. DeMille (G3), Del Mar, 1 mile (turf), 2-year-olds

Classical Cat won his debut, finished seventh in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and came back with a win in a Santa Anita allowance last out. Disdainful raced twice in the United Kingdom before coming to Graham Motion and finishing second in a Keeneland allowance. Lloyds Logic has raced only at Emerald Downs, winning his last two.

2022 Cecil B. DeMille G3

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status

Horse Silk Ze'bul Ze'bul
Collected
0.00 Ryan Hanson 1st, SA MSW (10/21/22-R8)
2022 Cecil B. DeMille G3
Probable
Last Race
Next Race
1st, SA MSW (10/21/22-R8)
2022 Cecil B. DeMille G3

Horse Silk Ransomware Ransomware
Ransom the Moon
0.00 Philip D'Amato 1st, Dmr MSW (11/12/22-R9)
2022 Cecil B. DeMille G3
Probable
Last Race
Next Race
1st, Dmr MSW (11/12/22-R9)
2022 Cecil B. DeMille G3

Horse Silk Please Focus Please Focus
Mrazek
4 Doug F. O'Neill 1st, Dmr MSW (11/18/22-R1)
2022 Cecil B. DeMille G3
Probable
Last Race
Next Race
1st, Dmr MSW (11/18/22-R1)
2022 Cecil B. DeMille G3

Horse Silk Lloyds Logic Lloyds Logic
The Factor
4 Tom Wenzel 1st, 2022 Gottstein Futurity LS Probable
Last Race 1st, 2022 Gottstein Futurity LS

Horse Silk Game Time Game Time
Not This Time
4 John W. Sadler 1st, SA MSW (10/10/22-R10)
2022 Cecil B. DeMille G3
Probable
Last Race
Next Race
1st, SA MSW (10/10/22-R10)
2022 Cecil B. DeMille G3

Horse Silk First Peace First Peace
Funtastic
0.00 Mark Glatt 1st, SA MSW (10/29/22-R5)
2022 Cecil B. DeMille G3
Probable
Last Race
Next Race
1st, SA MSW (10/29/22-R5)
2022 Cecil B. DeMille G3

Horse Silk Disdainful Disdainful
Kessaar
0.00 H. Graham Motion 2nd, Kee Allow (10/29/22-R5)
2022 Cecil B. DeMille G3
Probable
Last Race
Next Race
2nd, Kee Allow (10/29/22-R5)
2022 Cecil B. DeMille G3

Horse Silk Classical Cat Classical Cat
Mendelssohn
5 Philip D'Amato 1st, SA AlwOC (10/23/22-R7) Probable
Last Race 1st, SA AlwOC (10/23/22-R7)

Horse Silk Ah Jeez Ah Jeez
Mendelssohn
4 Doug F. O'Neill 1st, Dmr AlwOC (11/11/22-R3) Possible
Last Race 1st, Dmr AlwOC (11/11/22-R3)

Probables were not available for the Valedictory Stakes (G3) at Woodbine on Sunday.

Top Stories

Even though trainer Dale Romans has not been the m...
Bob Baffert vs. Churchill Downs. There is a lot of...
The first week of February is packed with competit...
Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. has two chances to win t...
Three months after saying it would consider the Sh...
x