Tracks continue to be added to the roster here in the U.S. while the gradual reopening of the country rolls along. The weekly primer for the final Saturday in May features racing from seven tracks, an increase from last week thanks to the addition of Laurel Park.
The slate also includes Charles Town, Churchill, Golden Gate, Gulfstream, Santa Anita and Tampa. The primer also featured seven U.S. tracks last week and would have been eight this week but Lone Star shifted it schedule off the weekend.
Last week’s Memorial Day cards didn’t leave a void in stakes action for this week, with Churchill and Santa Anita running graded events. There are five stakes in all, with others from Charles Town and Golden Gate.
The action starts overseas and it begins Friday night with some Australian heats from Caulfield. We’ll start there and roll into the early – or late depending on where you are and what you’re up to – morning hours with some jump racing from France to prime the pump for the afternoon ahead.
Here’s your primer for Saturday, May 30, with a splash of Friday. Enjoy and good luck.
Caulfield. 9:40 p.m. Friday night lights. Decent card down under kicks off here. Love the comments on the runners. Jabali Ridge: Resumes. Lost two-horse war with one who then ran well on the Gold Coast. Dominant last 100m at Flemington. Crystal Chief: Was $16 to $11 on debut and hit the line hard after finding traffic at a key stage. Was a bit stiff.
Caulfield. Race 8. 2:05 a.m. Price Range went for £105,000 at Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale in October, the American-bred son of First Defence makes his Australian debut after leaving Juddmonte’s French arsenal.
Caulfield. Race 9. 2:38 a.m. We’ll go with longshot High ‘n’ Dry in the finale.
Sha Tin. Race 9. 4:40. Dances With Dragon goes for his third straight in the feature.
Clairefontaine. Race 1. 7:25. Juvenile filly hurdlers kick off an all-jump card.
Clairefontaine. Race 2. 8:00. Yes Indeed and Le Listrac lead the betting in this Juvenile hurdle. Will any of these newcomers wind up in a high-powered British yard?
Clairefontaine. Race 4. 9:15. Fillies and mares clash in a rich handicap hurdle. Will Katy Love bounce back from a thrashing at Auteuil?
Clairefontaine. Race 7. 11:00. Throw a good chase into your morning. We like Every Where. Nice to see Enola Gay revive his career with three seconds in France this winter, after running in England last year.
Laurel Park. Race 1. 12:40. Welcome back friends in Maryland. The latest U.S. track to resume racing, Laurel starts with a $10,000 maiden claimer.
Gulfstream Park. Race 1. 12:45. Klaravich and Chad Brown drop Policy Option, once a $240,000 yearling, in for $50,000 tag in 1-mile maiden claimer on the grass.
Churchill Downs. Race 1. 1:00. Start things off with a 6-furlong maiden claimer for fillies and mares.
Tampa Bay Downs. Race 2. 1:08. Here’s one you don’t see much anymore, straight handicap with a purse of $30,000.
Gulfstream. Race 2. 1:15. One of two 2-year-old races on the day draws field of nine that includes Gruntled, a first-time starter by Runhappy for John Servis. Boomer, Fulmini and Trick Shot also figure to factor in 5-furlong event.
Churchill. Race 3. 2:00. Good maiden for fillies and mares on the grass. We’ll take a stab with Bastet, first-time starter for soon-to-be Mr. 5,000 wins Bill Mott.
Laurel. Race 4. 2:10. Maiden on the grass for fillies and mares overflows the entry box.
Gulfstream. Race 4. 2:15. Peter Brant and Chad Brown send North Broadway out for second start in 1-mile turf maiden. Son of Quality Road finished fourth in debut in January and should improve.
Santa Anita. Race 1. 3:30. One-mile turf optional for Cal-breds starts the day in Southern California.
Churchill. Race 6. 3:36. Word out of England this week said the Premier League will return June 20. How about Jurgen then in this 9-furlong turf maiden? We don’t know if he’s named for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, but he should be a price for Hronis Racing and John Sadler off decent turf races in California this year.
Tampa. Race 7. 3:43. Chad Brown sends out Olendon, fourth in the Grade 2 Sands Point in early October in most recent start, in 1 1/16-mile turf optional. Belle Laura, Rosebud’s Hope, Flor de La Mar and Distinctive Flower look to make sure it isn’t a layup.
Churchill. Race 7. 4:08. First of two stakes, the Grade 3 Winning Colors draws a salty bunch led by Mia Mischief, Spiced Perfection and Break Even. Mia Mischief ran 2020 record to 2-for-2 last time in Oaklawn’s Carousel Stakes and she’s 5-for-8 with two seconds lifetime at Churchill.
Laurel. Race 8. 4:10. Another turf race, another monster field. Miss Auramet, Ode To Joy, Ellyb and A Great Time among the 15 entered, including AEs and MTOs.
Tampa. Race 8. 4:15. Here’s the second juvenile race of the day, 5-furlong maiden for the fillies with a $20,000 purse. Big field of 13, including three on the AE list
Churchill. Race 8. 4:40. Back to stakes action in a bit. First here’s a two-turn maiden for 3-year-olds and up. Todd Pletcher adds blinkers for Ashiham as son of Tapit makes second start for the barn.
Golden Gate Fields. Race 3. 4:49. Small but good field of six for 1-mile optional on the grass.
Churchill. Race 9. 5:12. Queen Of Shades takes on elders in 5 ½-furlong turf optional and the opposition includes Wesley Ward’s Bingwa and Eddie Kenneally’s Dixieincandyland.
Gulfstream. Race 10. 5:24. Our Country, a winner at Saratoga last summer and eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, makes second start of the season as a new gelding for George Weaver. He’s one of several in 1 1/8-mile optional on the grass with a shot, including Cowtown, Talking, Mystic Lancelot, Unconquered Lea
Churchill. Race 10. 5:44. The good ones keep coming from Louisville. Here’s a two-turn optional that features Fearless, Top Seed, Gun It and last year’s UAE Derby winner Plus Que Parfait.
Santa Anita. Race 6. 6:06. Eternal Endeavour tops short field of five for 7-furlong optional for fillies and mares.
Churchill. Race 11. 6:16. Brad Cox sends out formidable entry of Juliet Foxtrot and Beau Recall in Grade 3 Old Forester Mint Julep. Eight of the 14 entered for filly and mare turf stakes are graded winners, including Mitchell Road, Nay Lady Nay and Secret Message.
Santa Anita. Race 7. 6:37. Laura’s Light goes back to grass after fourth in Bourbonette Oaks on synthetic at Turfway in March. She won the Grade 3 Sweet Life two back and looks good in Grade 3 Honeymoon for 3-year-old fillies on the turf.
Golden Gate. Race 7. 6:53. Draw Me, Morning Addiction and I’m A Rockette should decide 6-furlong optional on the synthetic.
Golden Gate. Race 8. 7:23. Ten fillies and mares for the $75,000 Camilla Urso at 5 furlongs on the grass.
Santa Anita. Race 9. 7:38. Nine-furlong turf maiden with a field of 11 finishes the day.
Charles Town. Race 2. 7:40. Early stakes on the card and a good one, the $50,000 Confucius Say featuring last year’s Grade 2 Charles Town Classic winner Runnin’toluvya. He’s a monster at Charles Town, with 14 wins in 19 starts, including state-bred allowance in March before racing was shut down. Penguin Power, 10-for-13 at Charles Town, won’t make it easy and hopes to improve off second in that allowance behind the favorite back in March.
Charles Town. Race 3. 8:08. Stay tuned into the action in West Virginia; here’s a 4 1/2-furlong state-bred allowance for fillies and mares.
Charles Town. Race 8. 10:35. Good Karma, Thislillimeofmine and College Kid top late-night state-bred allowance.
Charles Town. Race 9. 11:03. Call it a night after this one, a $5,000 claimer at 7 furlongs.