Thursday, July 19, 2012

Weekend Stakes Races July 21 and July 22

This huge weekend is headlined by opening weekends at both Del Mar and Saratoga, and Virginia Derby day at Colonial Downs, as well as the phenomenal renewal of the Delaware Handicap. My selections for the weekend's major races are below.

GI TVG Coaching Club American Oaks $300,000
1. Disposablepleasure
2. In Lingerine
3. Zo Impressive

Willard Straight Staks $100,000
1. Fiddler's Patriot
2. Bridgetown
3. Great Mills

GII Sanford Stakes $200,000
1. Rose Junction
2. Good Tickled
3. Onetwentyeight

Duluth Stakes $100,00
1. Summer Front
1. Our Entourage
2. Gold Megillah

Del Mar

G1 Eddie Read Stakes $300,000
1. Acclamation
2. Casino Host
3. Slim Shadey

GII San Clemente Handicap $150,000
1. Killer Graces
2. Eden's Moon
3. Oblivion

Delaware Park
GII Delaware Handicap $750,000
1. Royal Delta
2. Pachattack
3. Awesome Maria

*This is the race of the day, separating the top three was tough especially because Royal Delta can be dominant, but does not always run her best race, Awesome Maria did not run well last time out which was surprising but dismantled Royal Delta earlier this year, and Pachattack is extremely logical back on the dirt at 1 1/4 miles and will have a serious chance to make an impact on the Delaware Handicap.

Colonial Downs
GIII The Virginia Oaks $150,000
1. Ski Holiday
2. Zultanite
3. Volcat

GII Virginia Derby $600,000
1.  Silver Max
2. Lucky Chappy