The most important day at Parx happens this Saturday when the Pennsylvania based track runs the Grade 1 Cotillion and the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby. On Sunday, the Grade 2 Oklahoma Derby takes place at Remington. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds for the Top Stakes Races of the Week from Saturday, September 24 to Sunday, September 25. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Horse Racing Odds, Picks, and Betting Analysis | September 19th Edition
Churchill Downs | Saturday, Sep. 24
- Grade 3 Dogwood Stakes – 7 furlongs dirt – 3 year old fillies
Steve Asmussen trained Echo Zulu returns to the races. The Gun Runner sired miss won her first 5 races before finishing fourth in the Kentucky Oaks in May. 7 furlongs is a great distance for Echo, which is why she’ll go off at less than even money odds to win the Dogwood.
Last Leaf, stablemate Wicked Halo, Tarabi, and Gunning will also run. Echo Zulu’s top competition should come from Todd Pletcher trained Colorful Mischief.
Parx | Saturday, Sep. 24
- Grade 2 Gallant Bob – 6 furlongs dirt – 3 year olds
Pletcher figures to have one of the favorites in the Gallant Bob when Todd puts the saddle on Provocateur. The Pletcher colt is going to have to earn it.
Connections for 10 other runners plan on entering the G-Bob. Jelly Nougat, Scaramouche, Little Vic, Of a Revolution, Runninsonofagun, Lightening Larry, Dance Code, Friar Laurence, Apprehend, and Alottahope are pointing to the Gallant Bob.
- Grade 1 Cotillion – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 3 year old fillies
Bob Baffert plans on running Grade 2 Black-eyed Susans runner up Adare More in the Grade 1 Cotillion. Challengers include 3 from the Pletcher barn: Green Up, Goddess of Fire, and Shahama.
Steve Asmussen will run Society and Chad Brown will put the saddle on Gerrymander. No doubt, D. Wayne Lukas has the chalk in Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath.
- Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 3 year olds
Some of the top three year olds running head to Parx for this Saturday’s Pennsylvania Derby. Bob Baffert saddles Santa Anita winner Taiba, Chad Brown goes with Blue Grass winner Zandon, and Arkansas Derby winner Cyberknife runs for Brad Cox.
Also expected to run is Florida Derby winner White Abbario. Simplification, Tawny Port, Skippylongstocking, and Peter Pan Stakes winner We the People should also enter the starting gate.
Belmont at the Big A – Aqueduct | Sunday, Sep. 25
- Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap – 6 ½ furlongs dirt – 3 & 4 year old fillies & mares
Brad Cox trained Lady Rocket will lead a small but competitive field in this Sunday’s Gallant Bloom Handicap. Expected to join Lady Rocket in the starting gate are Sterling Silver, Fingal’s Cave, Assertive Style, Cheetara, Remain Anonymous, and Kimari from the Wesley Ward barn.
Remington Park | Sunday, Sep. 25
- Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 3 year olds
Trainers Kenny McPeek and Brad Cox will account for the four top choices in the the Oklahoma Derby on Sunday. McPeek puts the saddle on Rattle N Roll and third place Preakness Stakes finisher Creative Minister.
Cox goes with Pegasus Stakes winner Home Brew and Grade 3 Smarty Jones first place colt Best Actor. Connections for Maximum Impact, Great Escape, King Ottoman, Red Knobs, and A.P.’s Secret also plan on running their colts.