05/23/2008 9:27PM

Holiday Weekend Lineup


There are 14 graded stakes over the Memorial Day weekend, 10 of them Monday including the three Grade 1's: The Met Mile at Belmont and the Gamely and Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood:

The Hollywood Grade 1's were drawn today. The Gamely will be run at the third race Monday with a field of five led by G1 winners Precious Kitten and Rutherienne. The Shoemaker Mile drew eight, including G1 winners Daytona, Ever a Friend and 9-year-old Perfect Drift, making his first start since last July and his first for trainer Richard Mandella.

The Met Mile will be drawn Saturday. Commentator at 122 and Divine Park at 117 are the expected starting highweights.

I plan to be in action all weekend while trying to get caught up on the Belmont meeting to date, which I've neglected amid all this Triple Crown tomfoolery. I'll post a summary of notable performances here by Monday.