Frosted Goes for Glory in $1 million Penn Derby
Category : News
Sat 19/09/2015 - 13:18 EDT
With American Pharoah out of the picture, Frosted is finally the top dog heading into the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby where he will face nine rivals going a mile and an eighth September 19 at Parx.
At 5/2 on the morning line, Frosted could be much lower at post time, but many handicappers will question the risk/reward proposition of taking a short price on a horse who has lost his last four starts and might be fatigued after battling American Pharoah neck and neck for most of the way in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes before tiring to finish third just three weeks ago. If works are any indication, however, the Kiaran McLaughlin trainee is doing just fine. His only recorded move since the Travers was an impressive four furlong drill September 10 at Saratoga that the strapping grey colt completed in a bullet 47.04 seconds. Regular rider Joel Rosario will be back aboard after missing the Travers with an injury.
Upstart needs turnaround
Upstart (9/2) has been a bit of an enigma since finishing dead last in the Kentucky Derby. Prior to that effort, the Richard Violette-trained colt was a force at Gulfstream in the spring, winning the Grade 2 Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth despite being disqualified in the latter, while defeating Frosted on both occasions. In his last two starts, Upstart has finished third in the Haskell and fourth in the Travers finishing well-back of American Pharoah.
Speedy Baffert colt should get lead
Gimme Da Lute (5/1), trained by Bob Baffert, has enough speed to make an early impact on the race. The son of Midnight Lute has won both two-turn starts including a victory in the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Derby in July.
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.