UPDATED with ML odds.
As I pointed out earlier this week, the month of July is jam packed with graded stakes action every single weekend, beginning with a huge day of racing this Saturday all across the country. Three Grade 1s are on the docket - the Hollywood Gold Cup, Princess Rooney and United Nations Stakes. The Hollywood Gold Cup and United Nations will air on TVG, while the Princess Rooney (and the rest of Calder's Summit of Speed card) will air on HRTV.
The field for the Hollywood Gold Cup came up on the light side; Game On Dude will be a heavy favorite and towers over the rest of his rivals in the mile and a quarter race. Richard's Kid looks like the top rival to the favorite but it remains to be seen whether he can get back to the form that saw him win the G1-Goodwood and G1-Pacific Classic in 2010.
The filly Love Theway Youare will take on the boys after winning the G1-Vanity in her last start.
On the East Coast, Turbo Compressor will attempt to carry his speed over the 11 furlong distance as he looks to break through against graded stakes competition. Brilliant Speed is trying to bounce back after a trio of sub-par efforts to begin the year
Slim Shadey (GB), a colt that has the distinction of finishing 14 1/2 lengths behind Frankel (GB) in last year's 2,000 Guineas, has finished worse than second only one in six starts since shipping to North America. It's clear he prefers the harder, firmer courses here in North America.
In the Princess Rooney Stakes at Calder a field of 11 fillies and mares will line up for this six furlong sprint feature on the Summit of Speed card. Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint champion Musical Romance looks to bounce back after losing to Groupie Doll in back-to-back race and is the clear class of this field. Nicole H looks like the clear second choice follwing a strong runner-up finish in the G2-Vagrancy at Belmont last time out.
Trainer Marty Wolfson has six entries in the Princess Rooney field, over half the betting interests.
Also on the schedule for Saturday is the G2-Suburban at Belmont Park featuring To Honor And Serve, Mucho Macho Man, Caixa Electronica, Stay Thirsty and Endorsement. The nine furlong race will go to post at 5:06pm Eastern time.
Below are the entries and post positions for Saturday's Hollywood Gold Cup, Princess Rooney and United Nations Stakes. Morning line odds will be updated when released.
|G1-Hollywood Gold Cup; Post Time: 5:10pm Pacific|
|1||Love Theway You are||A. Quinonez||M. Cho||20/1|
|2||Richard's Kid||R. Bejarano||B. Baffert||5/2|
|3||Kettle Corn||G. Gomez||J. Sadler||7/2|
|4||Spud Spivens||V. Espinoza||H. Moreno||15/1|
|5||Anthony's Cross||K. John||E. Harty||20/1|
|6||Game On Dude||C. Sutherland||B. Baffert||4/5|
|7||Thirtyfirststreet||E. Flores||D. O'Neill||15/1|
|G1-Princess Rooney; Post Time: 5:42pm Eastern|
|1||Spectacular Sky||J. Bridgmohan||M. Wolfson||8/1|
|2||Beloveda||L. Saez||M. Wolfson||10/1|
|3||Golden Mystery||W. Martinez||M. Wolfson||15/1|
|4||Flying Trip||A. Moreno||G. Zerpa||15/1|
|5||Musical Romance||J. Leyva||W. Kaplan||5/2|
|6||Nakano||J. Rodriguez||M. Wolfson||10/1|
|7||Bouquet Booth||S. Bridgmohan||S. Margolis||6/1|
|8||Indulgence||J. Avlarez||M. Wolfson||10/1|
|9||Nicole H||C. Velasquez||D. Fawkes||3/1|
|10||Wild Bout Tiffany||M. Cruz||W. Kaplan||15/1|
|11||Leopard Rock||J. Santana||M. Wolfson||20/1|
|G1-United Nations Stakes; Post Time: 5:48pm Eastern|
|1||Turbo Compressor||J. Bravo||T. Pletcher||2/1|
|2||Brilliant Speed||J. Rosario||T. Albertrani||5/2|
|3||Slim Shadey (GB)||D. Flores||S. Callaghan||3/1|
|4||Al Khali||R. Napravnik||W. Mott||15/1|
|5||Freud's Honor||A. Serpa||G. Sacco||30/1|
|6||Eldaafer||P. Lopez||D. Alvarado||12/1|
|7||Air Support||A. Solis||S. McGaughey||3/1|