The horse racing action this weekend was highlighted by the much-anticipated return of live racing to Woodbine on Saturday, June 12, thanks to the regional easing of COVID-19 restrictions, while the tiered betting movement is relatively light across the US of course. Next week, the Royal Ascot meeting will begin on Tuesday, June 15th 11 American competitors in the most prestigious competition.
Leading a quiet weekend of racing for stakes is Gudemonte’s Mandalon, who is set to make his first start since finishing second in the Class One Kentucky Derby on Sunday at Monmouth Park in the Pegasus Stakes.
Saturday 12th June
4:28 pm – $150,000 Class 3 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park on TVG
Last July, John Vanelli, Cash Ho King, LC Racing, Paul Braverman and Team Hanley’s Ny Traffic awarded the Future Horse of the Year award. A native Everything he could handle in Grade 1 TVG.com Haskell Stakes, he lost by the nose. NY Traffic returned to Monmouth Park on Saturday to take on nine third-tier contender $150,000 Salvatore Mile on the main track. 4 years old Gray / Ibn Rawan traffic crossing, trained by Saffie Joseph Jr. , knocked out of seventh place by Paco Lopez, Ny Traffic made his 2021 debut at Belmont Park on May 2 with a 6 ¾ length win in 7-furlong optional allowance claiming the race. Breaking from 10th place under Robbie Albarado is the defending champion Salvatore Mile Pirate’s Punch. Owned by Gulliver Racing, Craig Drager and Dan Legan, and trained by Grant Forster, Pirate’s Punch knocked out speed to win last year’s race, held on September 20, with a length of 2. Pirate’s Punch, the 5-year-old’s rambunctious son of Eclipse-winning Shanghai Bobby, his first start since falling off the field in the first-class Dirt Mile Cup for Big Ass Fans Breeders in Keeneland in November.
10:11pm – $150,000 Third Class Old Forester Mint Julep Stakes at Churchill Downs
Led by favorite Juliette Foxtrot (Britain) in the 6-5 AM morning line, 11 foals and mare for Saturday evening’s signature Class 3 Old Forester Mint Julep Stakes were brought into Churchill Downs 1 1/16 miles on the lawn. Juliette Foxtrot, owned by Goodmonte and coached by Brad Cox, had six wins, including an impressive 2-mile victory in her 2021 debut on April 10 in Class 1, Jenny Wiley Stakes at 1/16 mile in Keeneland over the course of the course. Juliette Foxtrot, 6-year-old daughter of Dancelli (Britain), won second place by Tyler Gavaglione, third grader at Galloret last October at Pimlico. WinStar Stablemates Racing’s Crystal Ball won an optional allowance at the Santa Anita and Churchill Downs races this year. Trained by Rudolph Brisset, 4 year old daughter Malibu Mon He finished second in Division 1 last year from American Oaks Training Club in Saratoga. James Graham rides from ninth. Hendy Woods of Stonestreet Stables, coached by Mark Cass, warmed up for this race by taking an optional one-mile claim at Churchill on May 14. Florent Giroud took her from third place, and the 4-year-old filly took second place last September. Grade 2 Edgewood Stakes in Churchill.
Sunday 13th June
4:50 p.m. – $150.00 TVG.com Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on TVG
Goodmonte’s Mandalon makes headlines on TVG.com Pegasus Stakes for 3-year-olds going 1 and 1/16 mile in Monmouth Park. Face four rivals, Brad Cox’s apprentice son in hurt He fought all the way in the Kentucky Derby on May 1, finishing second to Medina Spirit at half length at 26-1. Class 2 Risen Star Stakes winner at Fair Grounds in February will be contested by Florent Geroux from position 2. Canadian Weyburn of Chiefswood Stables, trained by Jimmy Jerkens, won the Class 3 Gotham Stakes at the Aqueduct in March and is back in racing after Finishing fourth at the Grade 2 Wood Memorial in the Aqueduct on April 3. Dylan Davis enjoys the top spot, breaking from fourth. The Brooklyn Strong, played by Mark Schwartz, was also knocked out of the Kentucky Derby. Brooklyn Strong, who was coached by Daniel Velasquez and took second from second place Abner Adorno, who won last year’s Class III Remsen at Aqueduct, finished 15th in the Derby.
8:30 PM – $100,000 Confirmed Class III stakes in Santa Anita Park on TVG
The Chosen Vron, winner of his last two races in California, tops five novices in Class 3 sure bets for 3-year-olds and drives 1 1/16 miles in Santa Anita. Owned by Eric Kroljak, Robert Vitkin, John Sondirk and Richard Thornberg and coached by Krojak, The Chosen Vron won the Ecco Eddy Santa Anita against State Breed on April 3, and followed that up with a 3 length win as odds over favorite in the Lazaro Parreira 6-Furlong Class 3 race by 3 lengths in Santa Anita on May 15th. Humberto Rispoli will be riding, moving away from third. Head coach Bob Baffert entered runners: Karl Watson, Paul Whiteman and Mike Pegram, defunded, 4th Division 2 Pat Die Mile at Churchill on May 1, SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Golconda Stables, Siena Farm and Robert Masterson’s Classier, who will make his debut in 2021 since finishing eighth in the first division last year. The Juvenile Breeders’ Cup is presented by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Abel Cedillo Defunded rides from fourth, and Flavien Prat has the potential to break Classier from first post.
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