A full field of 14 horses is scheduled to start in the $1 million Colonial Turf Cup, the first leg of the $5 million Jacob Investments "Grand Slam of Grass." With a total of 17 entries, three horses are listed as also-eligible for the turf race for 3-year-olds, should there be any defections.
The Colonial Turf Cup and the stakes run prior to it, the $200,000 All Along Stakes (gr. IIIT), are the ninth and tenth races on Colonial's Saturday, June 24 racing card.
The Colonial Turf Cup and the $1 million Virginia Derby on July 15th comprise the first two legs of the Grand Slam of Grass. The $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park and the $3 million John Deere Breeder's Cup Turf (gr. IT) complete the series. Colonial Downs' owner Jeff Jacobs, through Jacobs Investments, has guaranteed a payout of $5 million to the horse that can win all four races, making the supplemental bonus $2 million.
Among the entries is Stream Cat, winner of the Crown Royal American Turf (gr. IIIT) and the USA Stakes at Lone Star Park, and Crown Royal runner-up Go Between. The Turf Cup features the grass debut of Showing Up, whose lone career setback came in a sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Prior to the Turf Cup, the All Along features a talented field of six fillies and mares, included Film Maker, the 2004 winner, and Art Fan who won the inaugural running of the $200,000 Virginia Oaks that same day.
Last year's Colonial Turf Cup winner, English Channel won the Virginia Derby three weeks later but failed in his attempt to make it to third base when he finished second in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park. English Channel would later finish fifth in the $2 million John Deer Breeder's Cup Turf (gr. IT). The purse for the Turf was raised to $3 million this year.
In its inaugural running last year with a $500,000 purse, the Colonial Turf attracted 11 entries but only started six. It was run on the same day as the $500,000 Kent Breeder's Cup at Delaware Park, which has now been moved to Sept. 2. Colonial moved the $200,000 All Along Stakes (gr. IIIT) for three-year old fillies and mares up on its calendar so it would not conflict with the $300,000 Robert G. Dick Breeder's Cup on July 15.
Entries for the Colonial Cup Turf, with weights and jockeys:
1 -- Showing Up, 120, Cornelio Velasquez
2 -- Stream Cat, 120, Julien Leparoux
3 -- International Cat, 116, Eduardo Tejera
4 -- Outperformance, 118, Javier Castellano
5 -- Roman Dynasty, 116, Mike Luzzi
6 -- Prime Diamond, 116, Ramon Dominguez
7 -- Lewis Michael, 116, Mark Guidry
8 -- Rock Lobster, 116, Joe Rocco
9 -- Unbridled Behavior, 116, (No rider listed)
10 -- Can't Beat It, 116, Eddie Castro
11 -- Yate's Black Cat, 116, Rene Douglas
12 -- Chin High, 120, (No rider listed)
13 -- Go Between, 118, Garrett Gomez
14 -- Kip Deville, 116, Edgar Prado
AE -- Sir Classic Kris, 116, Ryan Fogelsonger
AE -- Hunting Print, 116, Ryan Fogelsonger
AE -- Pourdinsky, 116, Olivier Peslier