First Look: See how fields look for 8 graded stakes this week

First Look: See how fields look for 8 graded stakes this week
Photo: Jennie Rees

The graded-stakes calendar continues in full swing this week, highlighted by the Indiana Derby and Oaks and the Belmont Derby and Oaks.

Here is an early look at the likely fields.


Dr. James Penny Memorial (G3), Parx Racing, 1 1/16 miles (turf), fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

This will be the first start of the year for Princess Grace, who had a 2020 record of 4:3-1-0, including a win in the Mrs. Revere (G2) last out in November. Secret Time began her career in France and has yet to win in four U.S. starts since October.

2021 Dr. James Penny Memorial (G3)


Indiana Derby (G3), Indiana Grand, 1 1/8 miles, 3-year-olds

Juddmonte homebred Fulsome is the 4-5 morning-line favorite here. The Brad Cox trainee has won four of five starts this year and three in a row, including a rallying win in the Matt Winn (G3) last out. The second choice, at 5-2, is Mr. Wireless, who is 2-for-3 this year for Bret Calhoun this year and was the runner-up in the Texas Derby.

2021 Indiana Derby (G3)

Indiana Oaks (G3), Indiana Grand, 1 1/16 miles, 3-year-old fillies

Will's Secret is the morning-line choice at 5-2. After winning the Honeybee (G3), she finished third in both the Ashland (G1) and Kentucky Oaks. Soothsay, the second choice at 3-1, broke her maiden on debut in February then won the Santa Anita Oaks (G2) and lost to Crazy Beautiful in the Summertime Oaks (G2).

2021 Indiana Oaks (G3)


Belmont Derby (G1) Belmont Park, 1 1/4 miles (turf), 3-year-olds

Trainer Todd Pletcher wanted to move Sainthood to the grass for his last start in the Pennine Ridge (G3), but the race came off the turf and he won easily. Before that, he was 11th in the Kentucky Derby, his only finish outside the exact in five starts this year. Du Jour is a former Bob Baffert trainee who will make his first start for Bill Mott. He won the American Turf (G1) last out at Churchill Downs. Bolshoi Ballet would make his first North American start after compiling a 6: 3-0-1 record in Europe.

2021 Belmont Derby (G1)

Belmont Oaks (G1), Belmont Park, 1 1/4 miles (turf), 3-year-old fillies

The 1-2 finishers in the Wonder Again (G3) meet again here. In that 1 1/8-mile race, Con Lima bested Plum Ali by half a length to pick up her fourth win of the year in six starts. This is only the third start of the year for Plum Ali, who finished third in the Appalachian (G2) in April.

2021 Belmont Oaks (G1)

Victory Ride (G3), Belmont Park, 6 1/2 furlongs, 3-year-old fillies

Australasia is 6-for-6, with all but one of those wins coming this year. This would be her first graded-stakes start. Red Ghost is 2-for-2 this year after winning the Miss Preakness (G3) by a nose. Dayoutoftheoffice – second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies – has not won in three tries since the Frizette (G1) in October.

2021 Victory Ride (G3)

Delaware Handicap (G2), Delaware Park, 1 1/4 miles, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

Bonny South came in second to Letruska in the Ogden Phipps (G1) last out and is looking for her second graded-stakes win this year after scoring in the Doubledogdare (G3). Queen Nekia was fourth in the Ogden Phipps and had her last win two starts before, in the Royal Delta (G3).

2021 Delaware Handicap (G2)

Robert G. Dick Memorial (G3), Delaware Park, 1 3/16 miles (turf), fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up.

Blame Debbie is making her second start of the year after winning the Searching Stakes at Pimlico in June. After six tries in 2019 and 2020, Tonal Verse broke her maiden here in May and then won an off-the-turf allowance race last month.

2021 Robert G. Dick Memorial (G3)

Probables and possibles were not available for two graded stakes at Woodbine: the Selene (G3), 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday; and the Marine (G3), 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-olds on Sunday.

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