Derby Dreams – Frontrunner Stakes

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Frontrunner Stakes is Kentucky Derby Prep Race

A huge day of racing Saturday at Santa Anita shows five Grade 1 ‘ Win and You’re In‘ Breeders’ Cup prep races on the 11-race card. With the Breeders’ Cup just five weeks away down the coast at Del Mar, the interest is high and especially on the West coast. A key race Saturday serves as a double-header, as Saturday’s Race 8 is the $300,000 Frontrunner Stakes for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles. A total of nine entered with Bolt d’ Oro and Zatter renewing their rivalry after Bolt d’ Oro won the Del Mar Futurity Sept. 4. The winner not only receives an auto-entry to the $2 million Sentient Jet Juvenile, but also 10 points towards qualifying on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

The top-two wagering choices on the morning line are Bolt ‘d Oro (2-1) and Zatter (5-2), who was beaten by less than one length by the former in the Del Mar Futurity. Zatter is trained by Bob Baffert, but his other horse in here is one I would include in the Pick 4, as Solomini (4-1) is a son of Curlin and should improve stretching out to two turns. Solomini stalked the pace and pounced in his first start at Del Mar going 6 1/2 furlongs. He was four wide on the turn but made it look easy down the stretch with Flavian Prat taking him to the finish nearly 2 lengths in front of the pacesetter Bahamian, who was 8 lengths clear of the show horse in third. Solomini was an even money favorite that day, and offers up a little value against the top two in the Frontrunner.

The Great Race Place” offers horse players a Pick 4 sequence over the final four races of the day.

Be sure to check out all the Breeders’ Cup prep races at Santa Anita and the two others at Belmont Park Saturday. Plenty of wagering and a big handle expected at Santa Anita Saturday with all entries and morning line odds available.

Date Race Name Track Purse Distance Age/Sex Breeders’ Cup Division
30-Sep Vosburgh Invitational Belmont $350,000 6f 3&up TwinSpires Sprint
30-Sep Frontrunner Santa Anita $300,000 8.5f 2yr Sentient Jet Juvenile
30-Sep Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Belmont $500,000 12f 3&up Longines Turf
30-Sep Zenyatta Santa Anita $300,000 8.5f 3&up f/m Longines Distaff
30-Sep Chandelier Santa Anita $300,000 8.5f 2yo f 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies
30-Sep Rodeo Drive (turf) Santa Anita $300,000 10f 3&up f/m Filly & Mare Turf
30-Sep Awesome Again Santa Anita $300,000 9f 3&up Classic

 

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