There’s plenty of Saturday stakes action, headed by the Grade 1 Just A Game Stakes. Seven fillies and mares clash in the turf contest run over Belmont’s one-turn mile.
Favorite Uni won the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita last November over Got Stormy, who is a 5-1 chance here. Prior to her Breeders’ Cup Mile win, Uni scored over the same trip in the Grade 1 First Lady at Keeneland. She hasn’t run since her Breeders’ Cup score. However, she has won off a long layoff before.
Got Stormy bobbled at the start and finished fourth in the Grade 3 Beaugay over 1 1/16 miles at Belmont in her last start. She ran second in the Grade 1 Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita in March. Last year, she took the Grade 1 Matriarch at Del Mar. It looks like a mile is her trip. However, she may prefer two turns.
Newspaperofrecord, the second favorite, won her first three starts at two, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. In her most recent start, she won the Grade 3 Intercontinental over seven furlongs at Belmont. She hadn’t run since finishing ninth in the Belmont Oaks over a mile and a quarter last July. She may need the lead and could get into a speed duel with 20-1 Valedictorian, but would likely prevail. However, she looks to be back to her best.
Beau Recall, at 10-1, breaks from the inside post. She has won from that position before. As a closer, she could be there at the end.
Newspaperofrecord is the selection here.
Saturday Stakes Action Continues With Ohio Derby
A field of 15 3-year-olds go in the Grade 3 1 1/8-mile Ohio Derby at Thistledown, near Cleveland. None of them have raced at Thistledown before.
Storm the Court is the lukewarm favorite. The only graded stakes winner in the field, he won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November by a nose at odds of 45-1. He was third in the Grade 2 San Felipe at Santa Anita on his seasonal debut, then faded to sixth in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn over this trip in early May. He is beatable.
Lebda, the 7-2 second favorite, won his last start, the 1 1/16-mile Private Terms at Laurel by 4 ¼ lengths. The step up in trip shouldn’t be a problem.
Celtic Striker, 15-1, breaks from the outside post. He won the 1 1/16-mile Easy Goer at Belmont in his last start by 19 lengths. There is a chance of thunderstorms on Saturday. Celtic Striker broke his maiden last October in the slop at Monmouth. He could score if given a lone lead on an off track.
Unrighteous, at 20-1, broke his maiden by four lengths over 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream last time out. Before that, he was second over this trip at Gulfstream. He could go close.
The selection is Lebda, with Celtic Striker a live longshot.