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YESTERDAY August 21, 2014
Older Nebraska-bred mares get the spotlight as a compact field of five goes 6 1/2 furlongs in the $15,000-added Columbus Maturity/Matron Stakes on Saturday evening at Columbus.
Masochistic, who tested positive for a tranquilizer when fifth in his career debut in March at Santa Anita and has since won consecutive starts, faces his toughest career test in an optional claimer at seven furlongs in Saturday’s fourth race.
Texas Red is a candidate for the $300,000 Frontrunner Stakes for 2-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles Sept. 27 at Santa Anita after winning a one-mile maiden race in his third career start Wednesday.
Despite miserable conditions Thursday morning in Saratoga, Jerkens had Jim Dandy winner Wicked Strong blow out three furlongs in 38.69 seconds over a sloppy Oklahoma training track in preparation for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes.
The $75,000 Forty Niner Stakes caps a solid Saturday card at Gulfstream Park, and the 1 1/16-mile turf race appears to tilt toward several horses drawn toward the hedge.
I have absolutely nothing against Wicked Strong or Bayern, but I say this Travers goes to Tonalist.
Tapestry, who lost four consecutive Group 1 races from last September to July, rallied from last to beat 1-5 favorite Taghrooda in Thursday’s $545,000 Yorkshire Oaks for fillies and mares at York Racecourse in England.
Fredericksburg, who is less than two lengths shy of being a two-time Grade 3 winner this season, stands out on class in Saturday’s $75,000 Turning for Home Stakes at Parx Racing.
California Chrome likely will make his next start Sept. 20 in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing at Philadelphia Park, trainer Art Sherman said Thursday.
Starstruck returns to her favorite course on Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Violet Stakes for fillies and mares on turf at Monmouth Park.