The day will be celebrated with free long sleeve T-shirts to the first 4,500 patrons, free Kids Fun Park with multiple bounce inflatables and Free Birthday Cake.
The Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile, named after the late coach and executive of the Phoenix Suns, who loved a good basketball game with equal passion as a horse race, attracted a field of 10 for the eight furlong test on the turf course.
The supporting feature, the $30,000 Glendale Handicap, drew a field of 11 fillies and mares for the 1 1/16 miles over the lawn.
The Fitzsimmons Mile
The Neil Drysdale-trained Power Ped will be hoping for his second Fitzsimmons Mile victory, having won this race in 2015. It was in fact, Power Ped’s lone win in 2015 and then he went winless in six attempts in 2016. So, the 7-year-old is looking to get back to the winner’s circle.
Ride Hard Kowboy, consistent five wins from nine turf efforts locally, has finished in the money in his last four efforts including a win in the Walter Cluer Stakes, November 26. The 5-year-old tried the Fitzsimmons Mile last year but found himself boxed in at the eighth pole and from there finished sixth.
The French bred Aventador has been in the money in 10 of his last 12 starts. Though winless in two turf starts locally, Aventador has won four of 24 turf starts with seven seconds and four thirds.
The Glendale Handicap
Except for a disqualification from victory in the Queen of the Green Handicap, Ronda Rocks would be undefeated in three efforts locally. She bounced back from the DQ by winning in her next start, an allowance test, December 14.
Trained by Cindy Krasner, Ronda Rocks has done what few horses, male or female, can do on Turf’s grass course: and that’s go wire to wire. The 8-year-old mare by Rockport Harbor has never finished out of the money in six local turf efforts while winning four of them.
Detail won her first go over the local lawn after shipping in from Belmont Park on December 13. Trained by JJ Kruljac, the lightly raced daughter of City Zip has won four of 15 lifetime starts.