Alert Bay will look to repeat his winning performance in the San Francisco Mile

Alert Bay will look to repeat his winning performance in the San Francisco Mile

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Weekend Stakes Rundown: Turf Mile Saturday

Three grade 3 races for older horses on the grass go April 29.

Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your guide to the best stakes in North America. This week we have a trio of grade 3 turf miles Saturday, Churchill Downs' opening night, and more. Races are listed in chronological order (all times Eastern) and full previews are available through the links below.

Saturday, April 29

3:25 p.m.—$100,000 Miami Mile (G3T) at Gulfstream Park

All Included, a son of Include , won the Appleton Stakes (G3T) last time out April 1 and came in second in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1T) one race prior. The Appleton, also at a mile on the turf, was All Included's first graded stakes victory, although he finished third three times in grade 1 and grade 2 events in 2015-16.

Entries: Miami Mile S. (G3T)

Gulfstream Park, Saturday, April 29, 2017, Race 5

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 3:25 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Diamond Bachelor (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateNicky Figueroa119Patrick L. Biancone20/1
22War Correspondent (KY)Tyler Gaffalione119Christophe Clement2/1
33Lubash (NY)Luca Panici123Christophe Clement9/2
44Our Way (FL)Keeneland Sales GraduateNik Juarez121H. James Bond7/2
55All Included (KY)Javier Castellano123Todd A. Pletcher8/5
66Applicator (KY)Magomet A. Kappushev117Mikhail Yanakov30/1
77Zulu (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJavier Castellano121Todd A. Pletcher6/5

6:54 p.m.—GG: $100,000 San Francisco Mile (G3T) at Golden Gate Fields

Alert Bay, G. G. Ryder, and Stryker Phd—the elder statesmen of Northern California—will face off once again in the San Francisco Mile. The multiple graded stakes winners are all exiting the same race, an April 2 allowance on Golden Gate Fields' synthetic main track that Alert Bay won by a length over fellow San Francisco Mile entrant Star Student. Alert Bay won the San Francisco Mile in 2016.

Entries: San Francisco Mile S. (G3T)

Golden Gate Fields, Saturday, April 29, 2017, Race 7

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 3:54 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11G. G. Ryder (CA)Irving Orozco122Jerry Hollendorfer5/1
22Stryker Phd (WA)William Antongeorgi III122Larry D. Ross12/1
983Patentar (FR)SCRATCHED0UNKNOWN-
44Many Roses (CA)Abel Cedillo122Ellen L. Jackson8/1
55Camino Del Paraiso (CA)Ricardo Gonzalez122O. J. Jauregui8/1
66Alert Bay (CA)Keeneland Sales GraduateJuan J. Hernandez122Blaine D. Wright8/5
77Star Student (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien Couton122Dan L. Markle6/1

7:09 p.m.—SA: $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park

No better than ninth in four trips outside of California, Golden Pegasus Racing and Earle Mack's Bolo will stay home instead of getting caught up in Kentucky Derby week for a third straight year. The son of Temple City  has never run out of the top three in six starts on the Santa Anita Park grass.

Entries: Thunder Road S. (G3T)

Santa Anita Park, Saturday, April 29, 2017, Race 7

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 4:09 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Perfectly Majestic (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKent J. Desormeaux122Robert B. Hess, Jr.7/2
22Twentytwentyvision (KY)Flavien Prat122Richard E. Mandella7/2
33Bolo (KY)Mike E. Smith126Carla Gaines5/2
44Mithqaal (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRafael Bejarano122Doug F. O'Neill15/1
55Fabozzi (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey S. Nakatani122Mark Glatt6/1
66Farhaan (KY)Tyler Baze122Philip D'Amato6/1
77Sawyer's Hill (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMartin A. Pedroza122Kristin Mulhall7/2

10:11 p.m.—$100,000 William Walker Stakes at Churchill Downs

Syndergaard will make his first start since finishing fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 5. Prior to the Breeders' Cup, the New York-bred son of Majesticperfection  finished second in the Oct. 8 Champagne Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park and won the Funny Cide Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 29.

Entries: William Walker S.

Churchill Downs, Saturday, April 29, 2017, Race 9

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo
  • 10:11 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Syndergaard (NY)John R. Velazquez118Todd A. Pletcher4/5
22Capture the Glory (KY)Dick Cardenas118Will Gallagher15/1
33En Hanse (KY)Julien R. Leparoux120Michael J. Maker5/1
44The Money Monster (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose Lezcano118William I. Mott6/1
55Classic Cotton (FL)Ricardo Santana, Jr.118Troy S. Wismer6/1
66Conquest Wildcat (FL)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie118Randy L. Morse5/1
77Silver Bullion (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFlorent Geroux118D. Wayne Lukas12/1

Sunday, April 30

6:30 p.m.—$100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park

Estrechada wasn't far off in the Feb. 2 Astra II Stakes, when she finished just 1 1/4 lengths behind eventual grade 2 winner Goodyearforroses, and will try the 1 1/2-mile distance again on the Santa Anita grass in the Santa Barbara. The only two entrants with a victory at 1 1/2 miles are Evo Campo, who won the 2016 Possibly Perfect Stakes at the distance, and Laseen, who won a French handicap at 12 furlongs last year.

Entries: Santa Barbara S. (G3T)

Santa Anita Park, Sunday, April 30, 2017, Race 6

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 1/2m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 3:37 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Estrechada (ARG)Stewart Elliott122Mike Puype7/2
22Place des Vosges (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey S. Nakatani122Richard Baltas3/1
33Dressed to a T (CA)Flavien Prat122Ben D. A. Cecil8/1
44Hiking (KY)Brice Blanc122Simon Callaghan10/1
55Responsibleforlove (IRE)Kent J. Desormeaux122Neil D. Drysdale12/1
66Betty Draper (KY)Santiago Gonzalez122James M. Cassidy20/1
77Mrs. Norris (KY)Victor Espinoza122Eoin G. Harty10/1
88Evo Campo (IRE)Rafael Bejarano122Patrick Gallagher7/2
99Laseen (IRE)Mike E. Smith122James M. Cassidy9/2