To commemorate 63 years in the community, the track will donate $10,000 to the Glendale Union High School District as part of its ThoroughbredForED initiative in support of public schools.
The first 4,000 fans will receive a free Tote Bag. There will also be free Birthday Cake and multiple inflatables for the kids.
Longtime trainer Ray Odom will be signing copies of his newly minted biography, “A Lifetime of Radio, Records and Racehorses,” from noon to 2:00 pm in the Clubhouse.
Named in honor of the legendary coach of the Phoenix Suns, the Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile, is the track’s marquis event for turf horses. A field of 10 has entered for the 15th running of the Fitzsimmons Mile. As is custom, the winner’s trophy will be presented by Cotton’s widow, Joann, who is generally accompanied by many of her late husband’s friends, members of the media and former Phoenix Suns’ players.
The Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile (7th Race)
In the past 15 running locally based horses have won ten times when up against California shippers.
This edition has three west coast shippers, Ohio (Brz), Kitten’s Royal and Blackjackcat. The nod goes to Ohio who has been competing in graded stakes company at Santa Anita for trainer Michael McCarthy, who won this race in 2016 with Somethings Unusual.
Blackjackcat will certainly attract attention due to his third place finish in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Mile and his race resume.
The local contingent is led by Gato Guapo, fresh from a victory in the Last Chance Derby for leading trainer Robertino Diodoro. Diodoro won this race last year with Inside Straight.
Also entered is the Shawn Davis-trained Consumerconfidence who is undefeated locally in two starts, including a victory in the Walter Cluer Handicap.
The Glendale Handicap (5th Race)
The co-feature will be the $30,000 Glendale Handicap, which attracted a field of 10 fillies and mares for the one mile grass test. McCarthy may be looking for a stakes sweep as he has leading money earner ($205,279) Impasse entered. The 6-year-old mare has raced with moderate success at six different racing venues in the past two years.
Diodoro, who had back-to-back wins in this race in 2014 and 2015, will send forth Gorgeous Ginny who rattled off three local stakes tallies before failing to fire in Del Mar’s Betty Grable Stakes.