Cyberknife spirit Zandon are among the Kentucky Derby starters who will be at Parx this weekend for the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby.
Spirit Secret Oath looks to get back in the win column in the $1 million Cotillion (G1), one of five graded stakes on Saturday. Aqueduct, Churchill Downs and Remington Park also have weekend graded stakes.
Here’s an early look at the likely fields. The Saturday card at Parx will be drawn Monday at 2 pm EDT.
Pennsylvania Derby (G1), Parx, 1 1/8 miles, 3-year-olds
Cyberknife and Zandon, second and third in the Travers (G1) last out, are expected here. Cyberknife is looking for his fourth graded-stakes win this year. Zandon finished in the money in each of his seven career starts but has not scored in three starts since winning the Blue Grass (G1). Other Kentucky Derby starters expected here are Taiba, who was second in the Haskell (G1), with Simplification, White Abarrio and Tawny Port.
Cotillion (G1), Parx, 1 1/16 miles, 3-year-old fillies
Secret Oath gets a race without Nest, who beat her in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) and the Alabama (G1). Green Up is 4-for-4 this year and tries her first graded stakes after winning at Parx last out. Goddess of Fire – third in the Alabama – is looking for her first win since breaking her maiden last year. Adare Manor makes her first start since finishing second in the Black-Eyed Susan (G2) in May.
Gallant Bob (G2), Parx, 6 furlongs, 3-year-olds
Before Provocateur won the black-type Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park, he was third in the Woody Stevens (G1), his only other graded-stakes start. Lightening Larry was fifth in the Jersey Shore after winning the Chick Lang (G3) at Pimlico in May. Alottahope beat Of a Revolution by 2 3/4 lengths last out in the black-type Robert Hilton at Charles Town.
Greenwood Cup (G3), Parx, 1 1/2 miles, 3-year-olds and up
Fearless has finished first or second in his last eight starts, with wins in the Brooklyn (G2) and the Ghostzapper (G3) this year. Brooklyn Strong is looking for his first win since the Remsen (G2) as a juvenile. Western River returns to dirt after finishing 12th in the Dueling Grounds Derby (G3) last out. Magic Michael won this race last year but is 0-for-4 this year.
Turf Monster (G3), Parx, 5 furlongs (turf), 3-year-olds and up
This race is oversubscribed and is expected to have a field of 10 or 12, depending on whether the rail is down, stakes coordinator John DeSilva said. This would be the first graded stakes for Nothing Better, who has a 4: 2-1-1 record this year. Breakthrough had two wins before finishing third in the black-type Rainbow Heir last out.
Dogwood (G3), Churchill Downs, 7 furlongs, 3-year-old fillies
This spot has been considered a possibility for Echo Zulu’s first start since the Kentucky Oaks, but Churchill Downs stakes coordinator Dan Bork said he had not heard whether she would be coming. Her trainer, Steve Asmussen, is expected to start Wicked Halo, winner of her last three, including the Prioress (G2) last out. This would be the third start of the year for Tarabi, who was second in a June allowance and then won the black-type Wilton Stakes at Saratoga in July.
Gallant Bloom (G2), Aqueduct, 6 1/2 furlongs, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Kimari is 2-for-4 this year, with a win in the Honorable Miss (G2) last out. Fingal’s Cave, a 3-year-old who didn’t race last year, is 4-for-4 this year. Lady Rocket, second in this race last year, has won three of six starts since.
Oklahoma Derby (G3), Remington Park, 1 1/8 miles, 3-year-olds
Rattle N Roll has two wins from eight starts this year, most recently winning the black-type St. Louis Derby. Creative Minister – third in the Preakness and fifth in the Belmont Stakes – is looking for his first win since January, as is AP’s Secret. Great Escape beat Red Knobs last out in the Canadian Derby (G3).
Remington Park Oaks (G3), Remington Park, 1 1/16 miles, 3-year-old fillies
Ju Ju’s Map – second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies – won an allowance when returning in May but then was third in the Mother Goose (G2) and Monmouth Oaks (G3). Cocktail Moments got her first win of the year last out in a Saratoga allowance.
Entries were not available for the Vigil (G3) at Woodbine on Sunday.
Presque Mile Masters (G2), 6 1/2 furlongs (synthetic), fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Dynasty of Her Own has raced twice since being moved east to Todd Beattie, finishing sixth in the Hendrie (G3) at Woodbine and fourth last out in the black-type Satin and Lace, which was won by Boo Boo Kitty, also expected here. Allworthy’s only graded-stakes appearance this year was in the Princess Rooney (G3), where she finished sixth. Caravel is 3-for-5 this year, including a score in the Intercontinental (G3) in June and the listed Smart and Fancy last out over Change of Control.