Roadhog Going for Third Win in $100,000 Alphabet Soup Handicap
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Tue 16/09/2014 - 12:55 EDT
On Saturday at Parx Racecourse, their star-studded day of stakes races kicks off with the $100,000 Alphabet Soup Handicap. Restricted to horses bred in Pennsylvania, the mile and a sixteenth race will be run on the turf and has drawn a field of eleven.
Topping the field of state-bred colts and geldings at odds of 3-1 is Roadhog for trainer Elizabeth Merryman. Bred and owned by Ellendale Racing, LLC, the seven-year-old son of Bowman’s Band will have Kendrick Carmouche aboard. The veteran gelding will be making his fifth appearance in the Alphabet Soup Handicap and won both the 2013 and 2010 editions. He was last seen finishing fifth against stakes company at Laurel and will break from post six.
Page McKenney going for back to back stakes wins
Second choice at odds of 7-2 is Page McKenney for trainer Mary Eppler. A four-year-old son of Eavesdropper, the chestnut gelding will be trying to earn the ninth win of his career and the sixth this year. He has won four consecutive races in his home state and got his first stakes win last time out in the Robellino Stakes at Penn National when the race came off the turf. Frankie Pennington will be back in the irons and the pair will break from post position four.
Graded stakes winner Edge of Reality back at Parx
Also in the field from post position five Edge of Reality from the barn of Graham Motion at odds of 5-1. A four-year-old son of Lawyer Ron, the dark bay colt will have Irad Ortiz, Jr. back aboard after a fourth-place finish in the Robellino Stakes last time out. As a three-year-old, he won the Smarty Jones (G3) at Parx on the main track and will be making only his second start on turf. He was seventh in his turf debut at Saratoga in August.
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.