Who's in? Updated Pennsylvania Derby, Cotillion Stakes fields

September 15, 2019 11:28am
Who's in? Updated Pennsylvania Derby, Cotillion Stakes fields
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About 24 hours before the draws for Parx Racing’s biggest card, a few questions remain as to which contenders will make up the fields for next Saturday’s Pennsylvania Derby (G1) and Cotillion Stakes (G1).

David Osojnak, Parx’s director of racing, fills us in:

Pennsylvania Derby

The $1 million feature for 3-year-olds has a strong core of Maximum Security, Improbable and War of Will — each Grade 1 winners — and adds to the mix streaking Grade 3 winner Mr. Money and Spun to Run, who won the local Smarty Jones Stakes (G3) in his most-recent start.

No longer expected are Spinoff, who added blinkers and beat older horses in an Aug. 9 allowance race at Saratoga, and Endorsed, who finished fourth in the Travers Stakes. Nominated colts with decisions that appear pending are Math Wizard, Olympic Village and Parsimony.

Trainer Danny Gargan has said Tax is likely to run elsewhere — Belmont’s Hill Prince (G2) on turf and the Oklahoma Derby (G3) are options — while it’s still possible the Jorge Navarro-trained Carlos L. is supplemented here. Remington Park’s publicity office reported that the Panamanian import is 50-50 for the Oklahoma Derby.

Cotillion Stakes

The co-feature for 3-year-old fillies leads with the Grade 1-winning quartet of Guarana, Serengeti Empress, Bellafina and Jaywalk. But a number of others appear ready to sign on and challenge.

Street Band proved formidable when third in Saratoga’s Alabama (G1), while Horologist could be the real deal if you believe Jaywalk’s back in form; she beat the reigning champ straight up in the Monmouth Oaks (G3). Sweet Sami D was third that day.

Jeltrin, who handed Jaywalk her first loss of the season back in the March 2 Davona Dale (G2), could be back on the upswing as well having won the local Cathryn Sophia Stakes on Labor Day by 7 3/4 lengths as a prep for the Cotillion.

Two undercard stakes stick out given their expected runners, too.

First, the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bob — at six furlongs on the main track — will mark the return of Trophy Chaser, who at age 2 put up a lofty Beyer Speed Figure at Gulfstream Park. A stakes runner-up in the Jan. 5 Mucho Macho Man, he returned Aug. 30 as an allowance winner in Florida.

Bethlehem Road, who competed in the Haskell Invitational (G1), and King Jack, second to Improbable in Del Mar’s Shared Belief Stakes, are also probable for the Gallant Bob along with stakes-placed Landeskog.

Later in the card, the Parx Dirt Mile (formerly known as the Pa Derby Champion) is expected to include an intriguing mix of contenders including the West Virginia Governor’s Stakes (G3) winner Silver Dust, Philip H. Iselin (G3) winner Monongahela and Golden Brown, who has done his best running on turf.

Diamond King would also be switching back from the lawn, while Bonus Points, the Maryland Million winner formerly trained by Todd Pletcher, is preparing for his second start in the Michael Trombetta barn.


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