Nine Sophomores to Compete in $500,000 Secretariat Stakes

Nine Sophomores to Compete in $500,000 Secretariat Stakes

Category : News - Thu 14/08/2014 - 15:47 EDT

On Saturday at Arlington Park, the future stars of the turf will shine in the 38th running of the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes. The mile and a quarter contest will be run on the turf and has drawn a field of nine colts and geldings to compete for the winners share of $500,000.

Topping the field of sophomores at 8-5 on the morning line is Adelaide (IRE) for trainer Aiden O’Brien. The bay son of Galileo (IRE) is making his second start in the United States after finishing second by a neck in the Belmont Derby (G1) and will have Ryan Moore in the irons. He has been first or second in all five of his career starts and is an Irish Group 3 winner. He will break from post position six.

Tourist takes on graded stakes competition

Tourist will make his graded stakes debut for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and has been tabbed at 5-2 on the morning line. A homebred son of Tiznow for Winstar Farm, LLC., the dark bay colt is undefeated from three starts on the turf. Joel Rosario will be aboard after piloting the colt to his first stakes victory in the Sir Cat at Saratoga last time out. Tourist will break from the outside in the field of nine.

Lightly-raced Highball a live longshot

Wayne Catalano who is currently recovering from pneumonia will send out longshot Highball at odds of 15-1 with popular European jockey Frankie Dettori aboard. A $250,000 juvenile purchase for Gary and Mary West, the bay son of Lemon Drop Kid made his stakes debut in the American Derby (G3) at Arlington Park in July with a third place finish. He will get the addition of blinkers for only his fourth career start.

 

 

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