Baffert Pair Look Formidable in Grade 2 San Diego
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Fri 24/07/2015 - 12:48 EDT
Baffert will saddle two of the top three choices on the morning line in Bayern (5/2) and Hoppertunity (7/2). Bayern won the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic, but has struggled this year with a sixth-place finish in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes, followed by a tenth-place effort in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap. Bayern has proven to be a need-the-lead type of horse and wilted under fast paces in both races. The switch back to two-turn racing should suit the four year-old son of Offlee Wild who should find the pace more to his comfort.
Hoppertunity has been consistent
Hoppertunity, also a grade 1 winner, has won one of four starts in 2015, taking the Grade 2 San Pasqual in January. Since that victory, the four year-old son of Any Given Saturday has a pair of third-place finishes and one second while running in two grade 1 races and a grade 2 event. Hoppertunity finished second in his last start – the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita June 27.
Mandella charge keeps improving
Catch a Flight (3/1) has a legitimate chance to find the winner’s circle for trainer Richard Mandella. The rapidly improving colt finished third last out in the Gold Cup following wins in the Grade 3 Precisionist Stakes and Grade 2 Californian Stakes. The five year-old colt has won 9 of 16 career efforts.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.