by Kevin Stott | A great weekend of horse racing is here with the Travers Stakes set to take place on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York and the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic scheduled for Sunday at Del Mar Race Course in San Diego.
Here is the 12-horse lineup, including post positions and the early morning line, for the Travers Stakes on Saturday which will be broadcast live on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. PDT:
1-Tale of Ekati (20-1)
2-Colonel John (8-1)
3-Da’ Tara (8-1)
5-Macho Again (6-1)
6-Cool Coal Man (15-1)
8-Harlem Rocker (4-1)
9-Mambo in Settle (5-1)
10-Tres Borrachos (15-1)
12-Court Vision (12-1)
Race favorite Pyro, runner-up in the Jim Dandy, will be ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan. The winner of the Jim Dandy, Macho Again, will be ridden by Julien Leparoux. The last three winners of the Jim Dandy have won the Travers Stakes. Belmont Stakes winner Da Tara, trained by Nick Zito, will be ridden by Alan Garcia.
Eight of the 12 horses in the field have run in at least one leg of the Triple Crown.
Across the country in San Diego on Sunday, the Grade 1 Pacific Classic will run from picturesque Del Mar, "Where the Surf Meets the Turf."
Here is the 11-horse field, with post positions for the Pacific Classic which will air on ESPN2. No morning lines have been set yet.
Student Council, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, is the defending champion of the Pacific Classic while second-place finisher Awesome Gem, San Diego Handicap winner Well Armed and Hollywood Gold Cup winner Mast Track, million dollar-earner Surf Cat and up-and-comer Mostacolli Mort make this field one well worth the price of admission.
In addition to the Pacific Classic, the card at Del Mar also includes the Grade III Rancho Bernardo Handicap, the Grade II Pat O’Brien Handicap and the Grade II Del Mar Mile. All four of these races are part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge "Win and You’re In" series which automatically qualifies the winning horse an entry into the Breeders’ Cup in at Santa Anita in October.
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