Find A Seat And Stay There

We plan to make full use of the tracks in the extended area on Saturday when we run as North as Presque Isle downs to as South as Pimlico. We make stops at Delaware Park and Belmont Park, in between the two.{jcomments on}


Three-year-old Pleasant Tap filly Periyali tries dirt for the first time in Delaware Park’s second race, a $10,000 maiden claimer restricted to her age group. Periyali will don blinkers for the first time along with the services of Jose Valdivia Jr for the first time. She is pegged at 2-1 and scheduled to break from the gates at 1:42 PM EST.

While Periyali cools off, Undisputed Legend (2:09) returns after a third place finish last time out. Proven significantly better on turf, the Domestic Dispute 4-year-old filly should improve in her second start back on the lawn, and third off a lengthy layoff. The filly is 5-1-0-2 in her five career turf starts.

While Undisputed Legend cools down, and Periyali is nearly finished, Chingachgook (2:36) will make his third start, second on the grass, in Belmont’s fourth, a maiden special weight for New York breds. The 3-year-old son of Empire Maker seemed to improve dramactically in his second start (first on turf), last time when he was second beaten 3 1/2 lengths on April 10. Ramon Dominguez, who rode the Arthur Hancock colt in his debut, returns to the irons on Saturday. Chingachgook breaks from hole eight and will travel 1 1/8 miles.

While Periyali is back in her stall, Undisputed Legend is finishing up, and Chingachgook is getting a bath, Ennis (3:08) will head to the gate at Pimlico. The 3-year-old gray son of Medallist comes out of a win at Keeneland, which followed a six month layoff. That race at Keeneland, on the polytrack, was his first run on anything but traditional dirt. Saturday he hopes to translate that success to the turf. The fifth race at Pimlico is a 5-furlong dash.

Hours later, our focus shifts to Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pennsylvania for Cherokee Artist (8:00). Since making his trek back to the East coast from California, the 5-year-old Cherokee Run horse has finished second in the Grade III Canadian Turf at Gulfstream and seventh in the Grade I Maker’s Mark Mile at Keeneland. Saturday night’s allowance contest’s conditions are horses that have not won two races since May 26 2009. Cherokee Artist won an allowance race at Keeneland in April 24 2009 before capturing the Presque Isle Mile in September.

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