HALLANDALE BEACH, FL, July 1, 2021 — Whenever a big, traditional holiday weekend came into New York, the great Harvey Pack would always suggest to his audience that they spend quality time with their families “but plan to come out to see us on one of those days.”
With the benefit of a quirky calendar, that one day could be Friday JUL 2 up to and including JUL 5. So there are no excuses; treat yourself and support your local racetrack.
I have been a fan of the Summit of Speed even while I lived in New York. Calder created the event. I was never a big fan of the racing there, grass notwithstanding, but the Smile and Princess Rooney were always terrific races. I’ll be at Gulfstream Park Saturday for the program.
But there’s so much going on, starting Friday when Prairie Meadows celebrates it simulcast day in the sun. Indeed, they are offering three stakes, the Iowa Derby, G3 Iowa Oaks, and G3 Cornhusker Handicap. And, of course, if you grade it or throw enough money at it, the interlopers will come.
In for Derby will be quite familiar names: Proxy (4-1), recently scratched by Michael Stidham in favor of this 1-1/16 miles, G1 Arkansas Derby winner Super Stock (7-2) and G1 Woody Stephens third, Nova Rocks (5-1).
The G3 Oaks attracted seven but it appears an open affair with G2 Black-Eyed Susan winner Army Wife (5-2), G3 winning Pauline’s Pearl (2-1) and Busanda winner The Grass Is Blue (5-1, first time for the Bill Mott outfit.
The G3 Cornhusker at nine furlongs is an interesting race as Knicks Go (1-1) tries to re-establish his best form after fading to fourth as the 4-5 Met Mile favorite, Pimlico Special winner Last Judgment (4-1) and Modernist (5-1) a G3 winner of the Excelsior two back.
Unlike most racetracks that have eliminated the use of raceday Lasix in their graded stakes, not so Prairie Meadows which will deliver a double dose of legal goodness, Lasix and Bute.
Parenthetically, haven’t seen the ‘B’ word in quite some time.
We’ll take a deeper dive into these races tomorrow and possibly include two Saturday features at Delaware Park, the G3 Kent and G3 Delaware Oaks. On Friday and Saturday, the big cards from Belmont Park and Gulfstream Park.
PRAIRIE MEADOWS, Letter Grade Contenders
+++IOWA DERBY Race 6
A- 1-Proxy (4-1), 9-Nova Rags (5-1)
B- 2-Super Stock (7-2), 8-Snow House (8-1)
C- 6-RIghtandjust (6-1)
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 1-9. Exacta Wheel 1.9 //220.127.116.11. Trifecta Wheel 1.9 // 18.104.22.168. // 22.214.171.124.9
+++G3 IOWA OAKS Race 7
A- 2-Pauline’s Pearl (2-1), 1-Army Wife (5-2)
B- 5-Grass Is Greener (5-1)
C- 6-Oliviaofthedesert (6-1), 4-Shesa Mystery (12-1)
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 1-2. Exacta Wheel 1.2 // 1.2.5. Trifecta Wheel 1.2 //1.2.5 //126.96.36.199.6
+++G3 CORNHUSKER HANDICAP Race 8
A- 5-Knicks Go (1-1), 7-Modernist (5-1)
B- 4-Last Judgment (4-1), 6-Rated R Superstar (8-1)
C- 3-Tenfold (6-1)
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 5-7. Exacta Wheel: 5.7 // 188.8.131.52. Trifecta Wheel 5.7 //4.,5.6.7 // 184.108.40.206.7
+++G3 DELAWARE OAKS Race 8
A- 7-Crazy Beautiful (6-5)
B- 3-Midnight Obsession (4-1), 4-Juror Number Four (6-1), 6-Leader of the Band (8-1)
EXOTICA: Exacta Key Box: 7 // 3.4.6. Exacta Key: 7 over 3.4.6. Trifecta Key: 7 over 3.4.6.
+++PERFECT STING STAKES Race 9
A- 9-Viadera (4-5), 3-Princess Grace (3-1)
B- 4-Piedi Bianchi (12-1), 1-Honey Cake (4-1)
C- 7-Medita (8-1)
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 3-9. Exacta Wheel 3.9 //220.127.116.11. Trifecta Wheel: 9 // 1.3.4 // 18.104.22.168
+++G2 SUBURBAN STAKES
A- 6-Happy Saver (6-5), 4-Mystic Guide (1-1)
C- 1-Moretti (10-1), 3-Prioritize (12-1)
EROTICA: Exacta Box 4-6. Exacta Wheel 4.6 // 22.214.171.124. Trifecta Wheel: 4.6 //4.6 //1.3
+++G3 SMILE STAKES
- 6-Diamond Oops (5-2), 4-Chance It (3-1), 8-Miles Ahead (4-1)
- 1-Frosted Grace (6-1), 5-Double Crown (9-2)
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 4.6.8 Trifecta Wheel 4.6.8 //4.6.8 //126.96.36.199.8
+++G2 PRINCESS ROONEY
- 5-Ce Ce (3-1), 1-Estilo Talentoso (5-2) 4-Pacific Gale (4-1)
- 3-Thisismytime (6-1), 6-Laura’s Light (7-2), 7-Hallawallah (20-1)
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 1.4.5 Trifecta Wheel 1.4.5 //1.4.5 // 188.8.131.52.6.7
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