HALLANDALE BEACH, FL, June 11, 2021 – The Triple Crown chase has been put away for another year and the hope is that the stretch duel between Essential Quality and Hot Rod Charlie lingers long after L’affaire Baffert has been adjudicated.
The Dancer’s Image phenylbutazone positive took for years of legal wrangling before it was resolved, but we have no idea if there’s a statute of limitations on corticosteroids. As we all know, it won’t be anytime soon.
But the show must, and will, go on. We’ve already had close to a fortnight of racing at the crop-less Jersey Shore. Saturday features a deep and competitive two-turn Salvator Mile.
Saturday’s Grade 3 is headed by last year’s winner Pirate’s Punch (5-1), who returns following surgery following last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, and Ny Traffic (9-5) a Triple Crown campaigner and runnerup in last year’s Haskell and a recent sharp returnee.
The more significant event, however, comes the next day when Kentucky Derby runnerup—for now at least—Mandaloun, makes his Monmouth Park debut in the Pegasus Stakes, which trainer Brad Cox hopes will springboard the colt successfully into next month’s Grade 1 Haskell.
Our friends north of the border return today as Woodbine Race Course kicks off its 2021 racing season, delayed this year due to a spike in Covid-19 positives as mandated by the Canadian government. As expected, an 11-race card features many full-field events on turf and the Tapeta Footings.
Allowances RACE 7
STRAIGHT PLAY: 6-Subsidiary (4-1) to win at 3-1 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 1-6, Subsidiary with Entreat (3-1)
DANCIN RENEE STAKES RACE 8
STRAIGHT: 3-Good Credence (5-2) to win at 5-2 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 3-5, Good Credence with Sadie Lady (2-1)
OPTIONAL/ALLOWANCES RACE 9
STRAIGHT: 1-Guildsman (9-2) to win at 4-1 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 1-3, Guildsman with Ghoul (6-1)
G3 SALVATOR MILE Race 10
STRAIGHT: Ny Traffic (9-5) to win, no price restrictions
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 2-7, Ny Traffic with West Will Power (6-1)
WOODBINE RACE COURSE
MAIDEN ALLOWANCES Race 8
STRAIGHT: Speightstown Shirl (8-5) to win at 7-5 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta Box: 5-8, Speightstown Shirl with Confident (8-1)
G3 MINT JULEP Race 9
STRAIGHT: Juliet Foxtrot (6-5) to win, no price restrictions
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 2-6, Juliet Foxtrot with Dominga (8-1)
Per usual, the suggestion is that all exotic wagers should be made at the minimums available but straight wagers at the $2 level. This is meant to reference proportion, not amounts per se