The Scottsdale is for 3-year-olds while the Tempe is for 3-year-old fillies. Both races will be run at one mile on the turf course.
In addition, Saturday is Wiener Mania Day. The extensively cute Wiener Dogs will be racing throughout the afternoon in the family picnic area. The event raises money for the Arizona Greyhound Adoption Foundation.
The Scottsdale Handicap
The stakes drew a field of seven fillies dominated by the Roberto Diodoro triple entry of Malibu Kash, She Spends My Lute and Hymn’s Girl.
Malibu Kash is coming off a third place finish in the Arizona Oaks. She Spends My Lute recently broke her maiden at stakes distance at one mile on the turf. And Hymn’s Girl, a fourth in the Arizona Oaks, broke her maiden two starts back at 7 ½ furlongs on the grass.
The Molly Pearson-trained Joan of Arch, is a perfect two-for-two over the local lawn and just missed victory by a half-length to the undefeated Protective Shield in the Arizona Oaks. Joan of Arch won the Valid Leader Stakes January 25.
The X Factor is Santa Anita shipper and previous English racer the French bred Compel. A winner of two races in Great Britain, Compel finished sixth in her US debut at Santa Anita, January 15.
The Temper Handicap
In this field of 11, all eyes will be on the Dan McFarlane-trained Nightly News, clear winner of the Turf Paradise Derby, February 20. The son of Misremembered, who broke his maiden by 10 ½ lengths, January 20, will be making his first start on the grass. His breeding suggests he will adjust to the lawn, given his grandsire Candy Ride, was a multiple stakes winner in his native Argentina and the US on both dirt and grass.
Nightly News’ stablemate, Titanium Point, impressed in his maiden win February 10, winning as the favorite by 13 ¼ lengths.
Circus Ride, also by Candy Ride, is looking for his third consecutive win as he two-turns for the first time on his first attempt on grass for trainer Cindy Kramer.
Heber has been a model of consistency having been in the money in six of nine outings with two victories, including his last win and first go on the grass February 15 for trainer Don Schnell.
Arizona Moon, winner of the Lost in the Fog Juvenile Stakes, has been in the money in three-for-three turf efforts for trainer Stacy Campo.
Leading trainer Diodoro will send out Gunfire, a son of Tapit, who finished second to Nightly News in the Turf Paradise Derby.