Top three-year old thoroughbreds looking to race in this year’s Classic highlight this Saturday’s major stakes horse racing schedule with the Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park.
The Pennsylvania Derby is a Grade 2 stakes race for three-year old thoroughbreds contested on dirt over a distance of 1 1/8 miles. The total prize purse for this race is set at $1 million. There is a strong field of 10 horses entered in this year’s event, but the following three are my top sport picks to finish in the money,taking a center stage at Bet365
This three-year old colt has already claimed is spot for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic with a power rating of 8.66 by Horse Racing Nation. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, he is coming off a solid third-place finish in this year’s Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga, but that run was overshadowed with Keen Ice’s incredible upset of American Pharoah. When you are running close with that kind of company you must be doing something right. Frosted has been busy as a three-year old with 11 races and he has finished in the money nine times including a second-place finish in this year’s Belmont Stakes.
I have been high on this horse throughout his three-year old racing campaign and I like his chance to finish in the mix again this Saturday afternoon at Philadelphia Park. He comes in with a 7.99 rating, which is second only to Frosted in a very talented field. Trained by Richard Violette, Upstart finished just outside the money in the Travers with a fourth-place finish but over the course of his 10 starts this season he has finished in the money eight times. His most disappointing run was a last place finish in this year’s Kentucky Derby and his best run was third in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park behind American Pharoah and Keen Ice.
Gimme Da Lute
Trained by Bob Baffert, this three-year old colt brings a four-race winning streak into Saturday’s Pennsylvania Derby and over the course of the season he has won six of the nine races he has run. Even in the other three events he has finished in the money each time to go a perfect nine for nine paying off. The biggest win on this impressive resume was a first-place finish in the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Derby at Los Alamitos Race Track on the 4th of July Holiday. Gimme Da Lute’s latest victory was on Aug. 29 in the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar.
Also on the race card at Philadelphia Park this Saturday is the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes for three-year old fillies and the Grade 3 Gallant Bob Stakes for three-year olds. The Cotillion has an expected field of 12 fillies including a pair of Todd Pletcher trained entries in Eskenformoney and Don’tforgetaboutme. My top filly in this year’s Cotillion is Take Charge Brandi, who is trained by D Wayne Lucas. This Grade 1 race is contested on dirt over a distance of 1 1/16 miles with a total prize purse of $1 million.
The Bob Gallant Stakes is also contested on dirt over a distance of six furlongs and the total prize purse for this race is $300,000. Some of the noted entries in the field of eight are Bayerd, who is trained by Steve Asmussen and Grand Bili, who is trained by Gustavo Delgado.