Virginia-bred horses will be well represented in stakes races around the country on Saturday, July 8th.
One Go All Go, winner of the Grade 2 Commonwealth Derby in 2015, will compete in the $100,000 Stars and Stripes Stakes (Gr. 3) at Arlington. The 5 year old son of Fairbanks will be making his first start since November 24th. The Albert Coppola bred horse is trained by Pavel Matejka and is out of the Marquetry mare, See Ashleigh Run. He has earned $329,285 from 13 career starts.
Lenstar, a 3 year old Shackleford gelding, is set to compete in the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth. The Nick Zito trainee has five straight “in the money” finishes, including a win, second and two thirds this year. Bred by the Lazy Lane Farms, Lenstar is out of Cryptos’s Best by Crytpoclearance.
The second and third place finishers from the May 29th Jim Rasmussen Memorial Stakes at Prarie Meadows will return Saturday to square off in a Grade 3 stakes at the same oval. Code West, a classy 7 year old son of Lemon Drop Kid, will look to add to a healthy $711,277 bankroll in the $300,000 Cornhusker Handicap. American Dubai, who had a four race win streak earlier this year at Sunland Park, is in the same event. The former was bred by Edward Evans and is out of the Saint Ballado mare, Charitabledonation. The latter was bred by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, and is by E Dubai out of Smash Review by Bates Motel.
Virginia residents can bet all the action via one of four partner on line betting companies — TVG.com, Xpressbet.com, Twinspires.com and NYRABets.com. The two new Richmond area Off Track Betting (OTB) Centers will carry the Arlington and Monmouth signals on Saturday. The Ponies & Pints OTB is located downtown while the Breakers Sports Grille OTB is located in the west end. Topping the simulcast action Saturday is the Stars & Stripes celebration at Belmont, which features 5 stakes races worth a combined $3.7 million in purses. A pair of Grade I stakes headline the monster card. For more details, visit virginiahorseracing.com.