This Saturday sees the running of the premier race of the Indiana Grand race schedule, with the running if the Grade 3 Indiana Derby.
Loaded Field Set for $600,000 Woodward Stakes
On Saturday at Saratoga, some of the top older horses in the country will square off in the 61st edition of the $600,000 Woodward. The prestigious Grade 1 has drawn a field of nine entrants to compete in the mile and an eighth contest.
Topping the field at odds of 2-1 is Moreno, the upset winner of the Whitney (G1) at Saratoga in his last start. Trained by Eric Guillot and ridden by Junior Alvarado, the four-year-old gelded son of Ghostzapper was bred by owner Southern Equine Stables, LLC. Moreno has won three of his twenty career starts and is a two-time graded stakes winner. Since his last win, he has had a bullet workout at Saratoga.
Itsmyluckyday trying to turn tables on Moreno
Second choice at odds of 5-2 is Itsmyluckyday for trained Edward Plesa, Jr. The four-year-old son of Lawyer Ron will get the addition of blinkers for the first time after a runner-up effort in the Whitney (G1). Regular rider Paco Lopez will remain aboard and the pair will break from the inside post. Itsmyluckyday returned this in March after sitting on the bench for nine-months recovering from a fractured pelvis.
Norumbega getting the addition of blinkers
Claude McGaughey will send out Norumbega, a longshot at odds of 10-1 on the morning line. Bred and owned by Stuart Janney, III, the four-year-old gray son of Tiznow will get the addition of blinkers after an eighth-place finish in the Suburban Handicap (G2). A four-time winner, he is a perfect two for two at Saratoga. Javier Castellano will be in the irons for the first time this year as the colt goes for his second graded stakes win.
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