Racing at Laurel Park

Racing at Laurel Park

Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

Weekend Stakes Rundown: State-Bred Saturday

Empire Showcase Day and Maryland Million Day bring state-breds into the spotlight.

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 we have graded events at Keeneland and loaded state-bred cards at Belmont Park and Laurel Park. Races are listed in chronological order (all times Eastern) and full previews can be found through the link for each race.

Saturday, Oct. 21

12:55 p.m.—$250,000 Maid of the Mist Stakes at Belmont Park

Grade 2 winner Pure Silver will try to pick up her fourth win and third stakes victory. The Twin Creeks Racing Stables homebred enters off a fourth-place finish in the Spinaway Stakes (G1) after she won the Adirondack Stakes (G2) two starts back.

Entries: Maid of the Mist S.

Belmont Park, Saturday, October 21, 2017, Race 2

  • STK
  • 1m
  • Dirt
  • $250,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 12:55 PM (local)
11Miss Mystique (NY)Jose Lezcano120Leah Gyarmati20/1
22Newport Breeze (NY)Joel Rosario120Peter Eurton8/1
33I Still Miss You (NY)Irad Ortiz, Jr.122Jeremiah C. Englehart6/1
44Pure Silver (NY)John R. Velazquez122Todd A. Pletcher2/1
55Cause We Are Loyal (NY)Javier Castellano122Doug F. O'Neill6/1
66Held Accountable (NY)Luis Saez122Philip M. Serpe5/1
77Droselmeyr's Smile (NY)Manuel Franco120Charlton Baker12/1
88Berning Rose (NY)Kendrick Carmouche120Dominick L. Schettino7/2

2:01 p.m.—$200,000 Ticonderoga Stakes at Belmont Park

Chad Brown-trained graded winners Fifty Five and Ancient Secret will drop into state-bred company. Fifty Five won the Florida Oaks (G3T) in March, and placed in two graded stakes later in the year, while Ancient Secret scored in the 2016 Lake George (G2T) and has been winless in six starts since.

Entries: Ticonderoga S.

Belmont Park, Saturday, October 21, 2017, Race 4

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • Inner turf
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 2:01 PM (local)
11Flipcup (NY)Joel Rosario117William I. Mott6/1
22Barrel of Dreams (NY)John R. Velazquez119Charlton Baker4/1
33Broken Border (NY)Manuel Franco119Jason Servis12/1
44Frosty Margarita (NY)Luis Saez117Rudy R. Rodriguez20/1
55Fifty Five (NY)Javier Castellano120Chad C. Brown5/2
66Feeling Bossy (NY)Angel S. Arroyo119Jason Servis10/1
77Ancient Secret (NY)Irad Ortiz, Jr.119Chad C. Brown8/1
88Tizzelle (NY)Joe Bravo117H. James Bond3/1
99Table for Six (NY)Junior Alvarado117Ralph E. Nicks20/1

2:34 p.m.—$300,000 Empire Classic Handicap at Belmont Park

With victories in five of his last six races, a stretch that has included four stakes wins, Twisted Tom will try older horses for the first time in the Empire Classic. The only loss for Twisted Tom in his six starts this season was an off-the-board finish in the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1). He most recently drew off to win the Albany Stakes Aug. 25 at Saratoga Race Course. That win followed a score in the New York Derby at Finger Lakes.

Entries: Empire Classic H.

Belmont Park, Saturday, October 21, 2017, Race 5

  • STK
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $300,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 2:34 PM (local)
11Papa Shot (NY)Dylan Davis118Linda Rice5/1
22Becker's Galaxy (NY)Eric Cancel114Rudy R. Rodriguez15/1
33Twisted Tom (NY)Javier Castellano120Chad C. Brown2/1
44Control Group (NY)Irad Ortiz, Jr.112Rudy R. Rodriguez6/1
55Hit It Once More (NY)Kendrick Carmouche116Gary Sciacca20/1
66Can You Diggit (NY)Manuel Franco114James A. Jerkens8/1
77Testosterstone (NY)John R. Velazquez116Gary Sciacca15/1
88Governor Malibu (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoel Rosario122Christophe Clement7/2
99Royal Posse (NY)Luis Saez120Rudy R. Rodriguez12/1

3:33 p.m.—$100,000 Maryland Million Distaff Handicap at Laurel Park

Morgans Ford Farm's Crabcakes will aim for her third straight victory and third Maryland-bred stakes overall in the seven-furlong test. The Great Notion  filly won a conditional allowance outside of the state-bred ranks by 5 3/4 lengths last time out at Laurel, which followed a 1 1/4-length score in the Miss Disco Stakes Aug. 19.

Entries: Maryland Million Distaff H.

Laurel Park, Saturday, October 21, 2017, Race 7

  • STK
  • 7f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 3:33 PM (local)
11Scip's Sonata (MD)UNKNOWN109Calixto Juarez30/1
22Hell of Afire (WV)Alex Cintron112Tim Woolley12/1
33My Magician (MD)Jomar Torres117Claudio A. Gonzalez7/2
44Rocky Policy (MD)Jevian Toledo114Dale Capuano8/1
55Item (PA)Horacio Karamanos112Rodrigo Madrigal, Sr.20/1
66She Rolls (MD)Jose Barnes109John J. Hartsell, Jr.20/1
77Faze the Nation (MD)Steve D. Hamilton111Phil Schoenthal15/1
88Up Hill Battle (VA)Andrew Wolfsont114Michael Zalalas20/1
99Crabcakes (MD)Forest Boyce119T. Bernard Houghton3/5
1010Daylight Ahead (MD)Katie Davis116Hugh I. McMahon12/1
1111If I Was a Boy (MD)Jevian Toledo113William R. Komlo20/1
1212Moon Virginia (MD)Alex Cintron113Hamilton A. Smith15/1

5:13 p.m.—$150,000 Maryland Million Classic at Laurel Park

Dr. Stephen Sinatra's homebred Admirals War Chest will look to become the first horse to win three consecutive editions of the Maryland Million Classic Stakes, but he'll have to find a stark reversal of form to do so. He sped to victory twice in the 1 1/8-mile test for Maryland-breds—by a neck in 2015 and by 3 1/2 lengths in 2016—but his last two races have not been encouraging.

Entries: Maryland Million Classic S.

Laurel Park, Saturday, October 21, 2017, Race 10

  • STK
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 5:13 PM (local)
11Admirals War Chest (MD)Steve D. Hamilton119Corby Caiazzo10/1
22John Jones (MD)Jevian Toledo119Lacey Gaudet2/1
33Jerandson (NJ)Nik Juarez114Todd A. Pletcher15/1
44Ballivor (MD)Luis J. Rodriguez119Carlos A. Mancilla30/1
55Bonus Points (MD)UNKNOWN118Todd A. Pletcher3/1
66Nicaradalic Rocks (MD)UNKNOWN119Kieron Magee15/1
77Legend's Hope (MD)Forest Boyce119Edward Maher30/1
88Takethattothebank (MD)Edgar S. Prado119William M. Sienkewicz20/1
99Clubman (MD)Sheldon Russell114Jonathan Maldonado10/1
1010Flash McCaul (MD)Julian Pimentel119Michael J. Trombetta15/1
1111Ghost Bay (MD)Keeneland Sales GraduateHoracio Karamanos119W. Robert Bailes8/1
1212Southside Warrior (MD)Keeneland Sales GraduateAlex Cintron119Michael J. Trombetta10/1

5:29 p.m.—$100,000 California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita Park

After a tough-luck neck loss in the Eddie D. Stakes (G3T) last time out Sept. 29, Tribalist will look to get back to his winning ways down the Santa Anita hillside turf course. Prior to the Eddie D. the Tribal Rule gelding had a four-race win streak (spread across four years). He returned from a nearly 13-month layoff Aug. 18 to score his first stakes victory in the Green Flash Handicap at Del Mar.

Entries: California Flag H.

Santa Anita Park, Saturday, October 21, 2017, Race 5

  • STK
  • About 6 1/2f
  • Downhill turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 2:29 PM (local)
11California Diamond (CA)Brice Blanc118Peter Miller12/1
22Gold Rush Dancer (CA)Corey S. Nakatani123Vann Belvoir3/1
33Dr. Troutman (KY)Martin A. Pedroza116George Papaprodromou15/1
44El Tovar (CA)Drayden Van Dyke116Richard Baltas15/1
55Richard's Boy (CA)Flavien Prat123Peter Miller2/1
66B Squared (CA)Mario Gutierrez117Doug F. O'Neill5/1
77Tribalist (CA)Victor Espinoza124Blake R. Heap9/5

5:30 p.m.—$250,000 Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keeneland

Though her class has carried her to a graded placing beyond one mile, Dorothy Matz's homebred Tequilita is most formidable sprinting—particularly when traveling seven furlongs. The Union Rags  filly has three wins from four starts at the distance, including scores in the Feb. 4 Forward Gal (G2) and the Sept. 23 Charles Town Oaks (G3).

Entries: Lexus Raven Run S. (G2)

Keeneland, Saturday, October 21, 2017, Race 9

  • Grade II
  • 7f
  • Dirt
  • $250,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 5:30 PM (local)
11Yorkiepoo Princess (FL)Edwin Gonzalez120Edward R. Barker15/1
22Overture (FL)Jose L. Ortiz118William I. Mott10/1
33Pinch Hit (KY)Jon Kenton Court118Brad H. Cox12/1
44Nonna Mela (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateChristopher P. DeCarlo118Todd A. Pletcher9/2
55Happy Mesa (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJames Graham118Michael J. Maker15/1
66Pretty City Dancer (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie118Mark E. Casse15/1
77Tequilita (KY)Feargal Lynch120Michael R. Matz4/1
88Chalon (KY)Paco Lopez118Peter Miller9/2
99Classy Tune (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFlorent Geroux118Simon Callaghan5/1
1010Torrent (KY)Ricardo Santana, Jr.118Ron Moquett30/1
1111Miss Sunset (CA)Julien R. Leparoux120Jeff Bonde4/1

Sunday, Oct. 22

4:13 p.m.—$100,000 English Channel Stakes at Belmont Park

Live Oak Plantation's homebred Souper Tapit, the last-out winner of the Marine Stakes (G3) at Woodbine, will ship across the border to try grass for the first time off a nearly five-month layoff. Prior to the Marine, the Tapit  colt finished seventh in the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3).

Entries: English Channel S.

Belmont Park, Sunday, October 22, 2017, Race 7

  • STK
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo
  • 4:13 PM (local)
11Hammerin Aamer (MD)Irad Ortiz, Jr.117Rudy R. Rodriguez4/1
22Lunaire (KY)Joel Rosario117Thomas Albertrani8/1
33Let's Get Loud (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJavier Castellano119Chad C. Brown5/2
44Dalarna (KY)Nik Juarez119Kelly Rubley12/1
55Sonic Mule (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRider TBA123Todd A. Pletcher10/1
66No Dozing (KY)Daniel Centeno123Arnaud Delacour3/1
77You're to Blame (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJavier Castellano119Chad C. Brown2/1
88Bird's Eye View (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateEric Cancel117Michael Dini15/1
99Harlan's Harmony (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateAngel S. Arroyo123John P. Terranova, II20/1
1010Souper Tapit (FL)Jose Lezcano123Mark E. Casse7/2
1111Fact Finding (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateLuis Saez123Todd A. Pletcher4/1

4:30 p.m.—$70,000 Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita Park

Just a Smidge, once the favorite in the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1) over the summer, drops into a much softer spot after two tries at the grade 1 level in her last two starts. The Into Mischief  filly finished fifth in both the Debutante and the Chandelier Stakes (G1) and broke her maiden in her debut at Del Mar by 1 1/4 lengths July 19.

Entries: Anoakia S.

Santa Anita Park, Sunday, October 22, 2017, Race 3

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $70,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 1:31 PM (local)
11Chatty (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateTyler Baze118Michael W. McCarthy9/5
22Secret Spice (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRafael Bejarano118Richard Baltas7/2
33Artistic Diva (IL)Victor Espinoza118John W. Sadler4/1
44Just a Smidge (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateDrayden Van Dyke118Bob Baffert2/1
55Steph Being Steph (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateStewart Elliott118Brian J. Koriner5/1

4:54 p.m.—$125,000 Carotene Stakes at Woodbine

Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Inflexibility heads back to Woodbine, where she won the Wonder Where Stakes July 30. In between the Scat Daddy filly finished fourth in the Sands Point Stakes (G2T) at Belmont. Earlier in the year she placed in both the Queen's Plate and Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser at Woodbine.

Entries: Carotene S.

Woodbine, Sunday, October 22, 2017, Race 8

  • STK
  • 1 1/8m
  • Turf
  • $125,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 4:54 PM (local)
11Ghostly Presence (ON)Rafael Manuel Hernandez115Roger L. Attfield6/1
22Inflexibility (ON)Luis Contreras119Chad C. Brown4/5
33Silent Sonet (ON)Eurico Rosa Da Silva119Nicholas Gonzalez3/1
44Crumlin Queen (ON)David Moran115Michael J. Doyle20/1
55Deesse Nike (ON)Jeffrey Ian Alderson115Julie Belhumeur20/1
66Mythical Mission (ON)Patrick Husbands115Malcolm Pierce5/1
77Red Cabernet (ON)Emma-Jayne Wilson115Ian Black20/1
88Brighter Ideas (ON)Gary Boulanger115Denyse McClachrie20/1

4:57 p.m.—$125,000 Dowager Stakes (G3T) at Keeneland

Apple Betty made her U.S. debut in last year's Dowager and was beaten a nose at the wire by Elektrum. The daughter of Galileo has put in some admirable runs since that race, including a third-place effort in the May 6 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (G2T), where she finished ahead of eventual grade 1 winner Zipessa, and earned her first stakes score when she took the River Memories Stakes going 1 1/2 miles at Belmont July 9.

Entries: Rood and Riddle Dowager S. (G3T)

Keeneland, Sunday, October 22, 2017, Race 8

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 1/2m
  • Turf
  • $125,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 4:57 PM (local)
11Bootsy's Girl (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateChanning Hill121Luis A. Jurado30/1
22Lottie (KY)Jose L. Ortiz121H. Graham Motion3/1
33Place des Vosges (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFlorent Geroux121Richard Baltas15/1
44Coco Channel (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulie Burke118Charles Lopresti20/1
55Daring Duchess (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien R. Leparoux121Michael J. Maker5/1
66Promotional (FL)Corey J. Lanerie121Thomas F. Proctor12/1
77Apple Betty (IRE)John R. Velazquez121Claude R. McGaughey III3/1
88Polar Vortex (IN)Ty Kennedy118Tim Glyshaw30/1
99Daddy's Boo (FL)Jose Valdivia, Jr.121Larry Rivelli10/1
1010Grateful (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateManuel Franco118Todd A. Pletcher5/2