Following an easy win against optional claimers at Saratoga in late August, To Honor and Serve will attempt to win his first graded stakes race since last November in Saturday's $1 million Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx (post time: 5:45 Eastern). He'll face a field of eight rivals, including Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice, Arthur's Tale (runner-up in the Wood Memorial), Rush Now (runner-up in the West Virginia Derby), along with the 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the Travers: J W Blue and Rattlesnake Bridge.
The racing career of To Honor and Serve began promisingly with wins in three of his first four races, including stylish wins in the Grade 2 Nashua and Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct last fall. His three-year-old campaign turned out to be less than successful, at least at the beginning. A pair of 3rd place finishes in the Fountain of Youth and the Florida Derby sent To Honor and Serve to the sidelines for an extended lay-off. The Bernardini colt returned on August 1st where he was a well-beaten 6th in the Grade 2 Amsterdam at Saratoga.
|1||Ruler On Ice||G. Gomez||K. Breen||5/2|
|2||Arthur's Tale||A. Garcia||T. Albertrani||12/1|
|3||Pender Harbour||L. Contreras||M. De Paulo||12/1|
|4||Norman Asbjornson||J. Pimentel||C. Grove||12/1|
|5||Rush Now||C. Velasquez||A. Dutrow||9/2|
|6||Isn't He Perfect||tbd||D. Shivmangal||20/1|
|7||To Honor and Serve||J. Lezcano||W. Mott||3/1|
|8||J W Blue||C. Velasquez||A. Dutrow||8/1|
|9||Rattlesnake Bridge||J. Velazquez||K. McLaughlin||4/1|