The City of Phoenix, for fillies and mares, drew seven entrants while the Kruytbosch, for colts and geldings, attracted a field of nine. Both races are for 3-year-olds and up and each will be run at 6 furlongs. Post time for the first of eight races is 12:55 pm.
The City of Phoenix
BCZ Middleton who won the Oct. 21 Princess of Palms, will seek to better last year’s runner-up finish in this race. Trained by Jeff Metz, the 4-year-old daughter of Nobiz Like Shobiz. has won three of four races locally and boasts an impressive 12 of 14 in the money finishes. BCZ Middleton will be seeking her third consecutive stakes win.
Fight to Glory, third in the Princess of Palms, is sure to improve off that race, her first start back following a three month layoff. The 3-year-old daughter of American Lion has won two of three starts this year.
Three of the seven entrants – Erratic Storm, Sierrita and Protective Shield – are coming off extended layoffs.
The Luke Kruytbosch
Named after the Turf Paradise and Churchill Downs’ announcer, the Luke Kruytbosch lured last year’s winner, Kaabraaj, into a mix of proven locals with established records and newcomers making their first starts at the Phoenix oval.
Of the veterans: Storm Power, third in the race last year, has three wins locally; Shrewd Move, winner of opening day’s Bienvenidos, is a six-time winner.
The first timers consist of Blue Law, a mid-level claiming competitor; the 3-year-old Candy for Three, winner of three of eight races at Emerald Downs and Keller’s Gold, also a 3-year-old, winner of six of 14 efforts, primarily at Emerald and Portland Meadows.