(Edited Colonial Downs report)
Battle of Hastings has been installed as a 2-1 favorite among 10 3-year-olds entered in the fifth running of the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIT) at Colonial Downs on Saturday, June 20.
The early second choice at 3-1 is Take the Points, one of two horses entered by trainer Todd Pletcher. Take the Points, who finished 13th in the Preakness, will be ridden by Garrett Gomez.
The third pick at 7-2 is Lime Rickey, who has finished out of the money just once in 10 grass starts. Julien Leparoux, the top money rider of 2009, will direct Lime Rickey for trainer Frank Alexander.
Edgar Prado, with a trio of Virginia Derby wins under his belt, will ride Rescue Squad for trainer Claude McGaughey III, while jockey Corey Nakatani will direct Mark S The Cooler for conditioner Doug O'Neill.
Also in the field is another Pletcher trainee, Al Khali, ridden by jockey Kent Desormeaux. Rounding out the field is Straight Story, Final Count, Winning Vow and Dover Street Art, trainer O'Neill's second horse.
The Turf Cup card also features the $150,000, grade III All Along Breeders' Cup Stakes and the $50,000 Buckland Stakes.