The Travers Stakes is almost here. Despite two defections we’ll still see Code of Honor, Tax, Tacitus and some others battle it out in the mid-summer Derby. The defections were Maximum Security, who is opting for the Pennsylvania Derby, and Game Winner, who is reported to have a virus. Jason Servis stated Maximum Security was just not quite 100% yet following his win in the heat at Monmouth in the Haskell. Those hot days do take a lot out of the horses.
Jerry Hollendorfer is not only back at Del Mar, but he has found the winner’s circle which he has never been a stranger to. He is also now being permitted to race at NYRA tracks which is a reversal from an earlier decision to follow the Stronach group lead and ban him.
Chad Brown sends out likely favorite Dunbar Road in the Alabama this weekend. He will be hard pressed to duplicate the success he enjoyed last weekend at Arlington Park when he won four stakes highlighted by Bricks and Mortar taking the Arlington Million.
The $1 million TVG Pacific Classic is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series and is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier. The winner will earn an automatic berth into the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade 1) along with the winner’s share of this race. The field is headed by morning line favorite Seeking the Soul trained by Dallas Stewart. Steve Asmussen shipped in Tenfold so the California runners have not really scared anyone away.
The first mandatory payout of the new NYRA Empire 6, NYRA’s jackpot 20 cent pick 6 wager is Sunday.
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