Lady Eli has shipped west to run in the Gamely at Santa Anita

Lady Eli has shipped west to run in the Gamely at Santa Anita

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Weekend Stakes Rundown: Gold Cup Day

A pair of grade 1 races at Santa Anita Park highlight the weekend's stakes races.

Each week looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week a pair of grade 1 races at Santa Anita Park and graded stakes at six other racetracks. Races are listed in chronological order (all times Eastern) and full previews can be found through the hyperlink for each race.

Saturday, May 27

4:52 p.m.—$100,000 Red Bank Stakes (G3T) at Monmouth Park

Wertheimer and Frere's homebred All Included will look to secure his second straight graded score following his first stakes win last time out April 1 in the Appleton Stakes (G3T) at Gulfstream Park. The only other graded winner in the field is Albert Frassetto's Can'thelpbelieving, who won the Aug. 21 Cliff Hanger Stakes (G3T) at Monmouth.

Entries: Red Bank S. (G3T)

Monmouth Park, Saturday, May 27, 2017, Race 9

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 4:52 PM (local)
11Weekend Express (KY)Jose C. Ferrer116Timothy A. Hills30/1
22All Included (KY)Eddie Castro123Todd A. Pletcher9/5
33Synchrony (KY)Mitchell Murrill116Michael Stidham5/1
44Can'thelpbelieving (IRE)Antonio A. Gallardo116H. Graham Motion9/2
55Rose Brier (VA)Keeneland Sales GraduatePaco Lopez116Matthew T. Hartman7/2
66Call First (KY)Jose C. Ferrer116Gina Perri30/1
77Marengo Road (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulian Pimentel116Michael J. Trombetta20/1
88Irish Strait (NJ)Orlando Bocachica116H. Graham Motion6/1
99Special Envoy (VA)Joe Bravo116Arnaud Delacour6/1
1010Schoolofhardrocks (KY)UNKNOWN116J. Willard Thompson30/1
1111Encryption (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateUNKNOWN116Kelly J. Breen9/2
1212Adirondack King (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateNik Juarez116John C. Servis5/1
1313Just Call Kenny (VA)Paco Lopez116Patrick B. McBurney6/1

4:55 p.m.—$175,000 Nassau Stakes (G2T) at Woodbine

Multiple grade 1 winner and 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse will return to her roots in Canada. After a maiden loss at Saratoga Race Course, Catch a Glimpse began an eight-race win streak at Woodbine that spanned her juvenile and sophomore seasons. Among those victories was the 2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T) at Keeneland and the 2016 Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes (G1T).

Entries: Nassau S. (G2T)

Woodbine, Saturday, May 27, 2017, Race 8

  • Grade IIT
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $175,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 4:55 PM (local)
11Stormy Victoria (FR)Alan Garcia116Christophe Clement2/1
22Catch a Glimpse (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFlorent Geroux125Mark E. Casse8/5
33Involuntary (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateGary Boulanger116Josie Carroll15/1
44Caren (ON)Jesse M. Campbell120Michael P. De Paulo5/1
55Shelbysmile (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateDavid Moran118Brendan P. Walsh6/1
66Southern Gem (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRafael Manuel Hernandez116Sid C. Attard12/1
77Starship Jubilee (FL)Eurico Rosa Da Silva116Kevin Attard15/1

5 p.m.—$150,000 Daytona Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park

Stormy Liberal drew best on the outside of the six-horse field. Since December all four of the gelding's starts have come on the downhill turf course, and he's gone to the winner's circle after the last three, including a victory in the Siren Lure Stakes April 23.

Entries: Daytona S. (G3T)

Santa Anita Park, Saturday, May 27, 2017, Race 3

  • Grade III
  • About 6 1/2f
  • Downhill turf
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 2:00 PM (local)
11Ambitious Brew (CA)Mike E. Smith124Martin F. Jones5/2
22Blackjackcat (KY)Rafael Bejarano122Mark Glatt6/1
34Roy H (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateEdwin A. Maldonado122Peter Miller7/2
45Home Run Kitten (KY)Joseph Talamo122David E. Hofmans5/1
56Stormy Liberal (KY)Norberto Arroyo, Jr.122Peter Miller6/5

5:21 p.m.—$100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs

Carl Moore Management's sprinter Finley'sluckycharm will put her unbeaten record at Churchill Downs on the line. Conditioned by three-time Winning Colors-winning trainer Bret Calhoun, Finley'sluckycharm is a perfect four-for-four at Churchill.

Entries: Winning Colors S. (G3)

Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 27, 2017, Race 10

  • Grade III
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 5:21 PM (local)
11Mayla (MD)Ricardo Santana, Jr.120W. Bret Calhoun15/1
22Sweetgrass (KY)James Graham120Ian R. Wilkes4/1
33Covey Trace (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateGabriel Saez120William J. Denzik, Jr.30/1
44Ramona's Wildcat (LA)Declan Cannon120Thomas M. Amoss20/1
55Game Time Decision (IL)Corey J. Lanerie120Brad H. Cox15/1
66Finley'sluckycharm (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateBrian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.120W. Bret Calhoun3/5
77Athena (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoseph Rocco, Jr.122Helen Pitts4/1
88Pleasant Tales (KY)Miguel Mena120Dallas Stewart12/1

6:03 p.m.—$300,000 Gamely Stakes (G1T) at Santa Anita Park

Santa Anita is home to the mare that figures to be Lady Eli's toughest challenger in the Gamely. The Richard Mandella-trained Avenge is set to make her seasonal debut in what will be her first outing since a third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1T), where she was just a length behind Lady Eli and race-winner Queen's Trust.

Entries: Gamely S. (G1T)

Santa Anita Park, Saturday, May 27, 2017, Race 5

  • Grade IT
  • 1 1/8m
  • Turf
  • $300,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 3:03 PM (local)
11Avenge (KY)Flavien Prat124Richard E. Mandella2/1
982September Stars (IRE)SCRATCHED0UNKNOWN-
23Pretty Girl (ARG)Mike E. Smith122Paulo H. Lobo12/1
34Goodyearforroses (IRE)Corey S. Nakatani122Richard Baltas4/1
45Mokat (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRafael Bejarano122Richard Baltas8/1
56Lady Eli (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateIrad Ortiz, Jr.124Chad C. Brown4/5

6:09 p.m.—$100,000 Arlington Classic (G3T) at Arlington International Racecourse

When 10 3-year-olds passed the box for 1 1/16-mile race it wasn't surprising to see trainer Mike Maker's name on the entry's list, but three times? The horseman has Prize Fight, Gorgeous Kitten, and Fast and Accurate entered.

Entries: Arlington Classic S. (G3T)

Arlington International Racecourse, Saturday, May 27, 2017, Race 8

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 1/16m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo
  • 5:09 PM (local)
11Prize Fight (FL)Keeneland Sales GraduateSanto Sanjur117Michael J. Maker15/1
22Mas Mischief (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateEdgar Perez117Eduardo Rodriguez30/1
33Gorgeous Kitten (KY)Christopher A. Emigh119Michael J. Maker6/1
44Sakonnet (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCarlos H. Marquez, Jr.117Anthony J. Granitz10/1
55Red Corvette (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulio E. Felix117Gary M. Scherer20/1
66Fast and Accurate (PA)Keeneland Sales GraduateChanning Hill124Michael J. Maker9/2
77Parlor (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJesus Lopez Castanon117Eddie Kenneally7/2
88Cowboy Culture (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateShaun Bridgmohan119Brad H. Cox4/1
99Giant Payday (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateChris Landeros117Ian R. Wilkes5/1
1010Don't Split Tens (IL)Jose Valdivia, Jr.117Chris M. Block8/1

7:05 p.m.—$200,000 Monrovia Stakes (G2T) at Santa Anita Park

Nick Alexander's homebred Enola Gray began 2017 with two victories from her first two starts and will seek her first graded win in the Monrovia. She comes into the race off a four-length score in the Irish O'Brien Stakes, which marked her third win over the Santa Anita hillside turf course in as many starts.

Entries: Monrovia S. (G2T)

Santa Anita Park, Saturday, May 27, 2017, Race 7

  • Grade II
  • About 6 1/2f
  • Downhill turf
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 4:04 PM (local)
11Swift Lady (FL)Martin Garcia122Bob Baffert15/1
22Spy Ring (IRE)Mike E. Smith117James M. Cassidy20/1
33Watch This Cat (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRafael Bejarano122Richard Baltas10/1
44Illuminant (PA)Keeneland Sales GraduateFlavien Prat124Michael W. McCarthy9/5
55Coniah (CA)Irad Ortiz, Jr.122William E. Morey8/1
66Juno (BRZ)Kent J. Desormeaux122Neil D. Drysdale6/1
77Paquita Coqueta (CHI)Gary L. Stevens122Richard E. Mandella6/1
88Enola Gray (CA)Tyler Baze122Philip D'Amato5/2
99Anita Partner (IRE)Keeneland Sales GraduateBrice Blanc122Jeff Mullins12/1

7:39 p.m.—$500,000 Gold Cup (G1) at Santa Anita Park

Midnight Storm  looked like he was going to lock down a top-level score on dirt turning for home in the March 11 Santa Anita Handicap Presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino (G1). He had a 1 1/2-length advantage on Shaman Ghost with a furlong to go in the Big 'Cap, but could not hold off his late charge. Midnight Storm will have another shot at a grade 1 win on dirt in the Gold Cup, and he won't have to contend with Shaman Ghost, who came back to win the Pimlico Special Handicap (G3) May 19.

Entries: Gold Cup at Santa Anita S. (G1)

Santa Anita Park, Saturday, May 27, 2017, Race 8

  • Grade I
  • 1 1/4m
  • Dirt
  • $500,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 4:39 PM (local)
11American Freedom (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMartin Garcia122Bob Baffert4/1
22Follow Me Crev (KY)Kent J. Desormeaux122Vladimir Cerin4/1
34Prime Attraction (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJamie Theriot122James M. Cassidy30/1
45Midnight Storm (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFlavien Prat124Philip D'Amato5/2
56Cupid (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRafael Bejarano124Bob Baffert6/1
67Big John B (FL)Mike E. Smith122Philip D'Amato8/1
78Accelerate (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateTyler Baze122John W. Sadler4/1
89Hard Aces (KY)Santiago Gonzalez122John W. Sadler8/1

Sunday, May 28

4:52 p.m.—$125,000 Marine Stakes (G3) at Woodbine

Sam-Son Farm's homebred Malibu Secret has drawn the 2-1, morning-line favoritism for the Marine, off a 2 3/4-length win to break his maiden April 28 at Woodbine. His only prior start came at 2, when he ran second in the Vandal Stakes in August to fellow Marin entrant Channel Maker.

Entries: Marine S. (G3)

Woodbine, Sunday, May 28, 2017, Race 8

  • Grade III
  • 1 1/16m
  • All Weather Track
  • $125,000
  • 3 yo
  • 4:52 PM (local)
11Montu (KY)David Moran121Michael J. Doyle10/1
22Conquest Lemonraid (ON)Keeneland Sales GraduatePatrick Husbands117Mark E. Casse6/1
33Megagray (ON)Jesse M. Campbell117Michael Keogh8/1
44Souper Tapit (FL)Florent Geroux117Mark E. Casse7/2
55Malibu Secret (ON)Eurico Rosa Da Silva117Malcolm Pierce2/1
66Channel Maker (ON)Keeneland Sales GraduateRafael Manuel Hernandez117William I. Mott5/2
77Minister's Strike (KY)Gary Boulanger119Mark E. Casse20/1

7 p.m.—$200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes (G2T) at Santa Anita Park

Stretched out to 12 furlongs in the San Luis Rey Stakes (G2T) in March at Santa Anita, Itsinthepost found his calling. He stalked and pounced to break through by a length, then shipped to Keeneland to win the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (G2T) at the same distance April 22. He'll have to dial back to 1 1/4 miles, however, in the Whittingham.

Entries: Charles Whittingham S. (G2T)

Santa Anita Park, Sunday, May 28, 2017, Race 7

  • Grade IIT
  • 1 1/4m
  • Turf
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 4:06 PM (local)
11Liam the Charmer (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateVictor Espinoza122Michael W. McCarthy6/1
22Ashleyluvssugar (CA)Gary L. Stevens124Peter Eurton4/1
33Itsinthepost (FR)Tyler Baze126Jeff Mullins5/2
44Prince of Arabia (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateSantiago Gonzalez122James M. Cassidy30/1
55Syntax (IRE)Rafael Bejarano122Philip D'Amato6/1
66Up With the Birds (ON)Flavien Prat124Philip D'Amato8/1
77Frank Conversation (KY)Mario Gutierrez124Doug F. O'Neill12/1
88Patentar (FR)Martin A. Pedroza122Simon Callaghan10/1
99A Red Tie Day (KY)Corey S. Nakatani122Richard Baltas12/1
1010Texas Ryano (KY)Joseph Talamo124Carla Gaines6/1

7:40 p.m.—Lone Star Handicap (G3) at Lone Star Park

Trainer Bob Baffert has shipped Danzing Candy  to the Southwest following an optional-claiming allowance win at Santa Anita May 5, which was his first victory since the 2016 San Felipe Stakes (G2). In to challenge is Texas-bred multiple graded stakes winner Texas Chrome, who is seeking his first victory since the Sept. 25 Oklahoma Derby (G3).

Entries: Lone Star Park H. (G3)

Lone Star Park, Sunday, May 28, 2017, Race 9

  • Grade III
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 6:40 PM (local)
11Danzing Candy (KY)Mike E. Smith121Bob Baffert7/5
22Carouse (KY)Iram Vargas Diego112Steven M. Asmussen20/1
33Neck 'n Neck (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRichard E. Eramia118Steven M. Asmussen5/1
44Shotgun Kowboy (OK)Luis S. Quinonez120C. R. Trout4/1
55Texas Chrome (TX)Ricardo Santana, Jr.121J. R. Caldwell9/5

Monday, May 29

6:45 p.m.—$100,000 All American Stakes (G3) at Golden Gate Fields

Accomplished runners of all stripes have entered the Memorial Day feature in the Bay Area. Five graded winners are in the field, led by millionaire Alert Bay, who earned his first graded score last time out in the April 29 San Francisco Mile (G3T) at Golden Gate Fields. Two-time graded winner G.G. Ryder came in second in the San Francisco Mile, and both will have to fend off Southern California invaders Dalmore, Point Piper, and Flamboyant.

Entries: All American S. (G3)

Golden Gate Fields, Monday, May 29, 2017, Race 7

  • Grade III
  • 1m
  • All Weather Track
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 3:51 PM (local)
11Street Lad (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFrank T. Alvarado122Jerry Hollendorfer15/1
22Dalmore (FL)Keeneland Sales GraduateNorberto Arroyo, Jr.122J. Keith Desormeaux6/1
33Ike Walker (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateWilliam Antongeorgi III122Jerry Hollendorfer12/1
44Star Student (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien Couton122Dan L. Markle12/1
55Point Piper (KY)Abel Cedillo122Jerry Hollendorfer6/1
66Alert Bay (CA)Keeneland Sales GraduateJuan J. Hernandez122Blaine D. Wright2/1
77G. G. Ryder (CA)Irving Orozco122Jerry Hollendorfer5/1
88Flamboyant (FR)Brice Blanc122Patrick Gallagher7/2
99Camino Del Paraiso (CA)Ricardo Gonzalez122O. J. Jauregui15/1