Fans can build a bankroll in two Aqueduct stakes races Saturday, the $150,000 First Flight (gr. II) and the $100,000 Sport Page (gr. III), before turning their attention to the Breeders' Cup simulcasts from Arlington Park.
Goldolphin Racing's Imperial Gesture became one to watch in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Champion distaff division when she won the Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) in near gate-to-wire fashion Sept. 7.
Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens will flip-flop his two top fillies in this Saturday's two filly and mare stakes at Belmont Park. Jerkens will send the grade I-winning sprinter Shine Again in the 1 1/16-mile Ruffian Handicap and her younger half-sister Shiny Band, winner of the one-mile Shuvee Handicap, in the six-furlong Floral Park Handicap.
Trainer Allen Jerkens is planning an all-out weekend attack on Belmont Park when he sends out half-siblings Shine Again and Shiny Band, as well as Puzzlement, in separate stakes events. Shine Again is pointed toward Saturday's $300,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) and Shiny Band will contest Sunday's $100,000 Floral Park Handicap (gr. III). Puzzlement will start in Saturday's $150,000 Jerome Handicap (gr. II).
Tweedside, who ran in last year's Alabama (gr. I) on the dirt as a 3–year-old, leads a dozen hopefuls in the $100,000-added Glens Falls Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares ages 3 and up racing at 11 furlongs on the grass Monday.
Things were back to normal for the Edward P. "Ned" Evans stable on June 22. After pulling off the rare feat (for him) of winning two consecutive stakes with colts, Evans and trainer Mark Hennig returned to their filly factory and sent out the queen bee, Raging Fever, for another victory in a filly and mare stakes.
Shiny Band provides Allen Jerkens with yet another major stakes upset.
Raging Fever continues her winning ways, taking the one-turn mile Bed o' Roses.
Atelier, a solid fourth last out in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), will carry high weight into the grade II, $150,000 Top Flight Handicap Friday at Aqueduct. A good field of nine will face the starter.
Five-time graded stakes winner Mystic Lady leads a field of six postward in the 1 1/16 mile, $200,000 Honey Bee Handicap at The Meadowlands Friday night. The Thunder Gulch filly annexed the Cotillion (gr. II) in her last start and the Jersey Derby (gr. III) earlier this year at Monmouth. Mystic Lady will carry Eibar Coa and 122 pounds for conditioner Mark Hennig.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Flute toyed with her six foes in an allowance contest at Saratoga Friday, coming home by an easy four lengths over Deborah in the nine-furlong sixth race. Transcendental finished third.
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