Over $184,000 will be spread out over nine Arizona bred races, including five stakes, and featuring the $50,000 Gene Fleming Breeders’ Derby.
$25,000 Joanne Dye Stakes. 3-Year-Old fillies, 6 ½ furlongs
The standout in this field of six fillies is the Kevin Eikleberry-trained Lieutenant Margie, who finished second against the boys in the Arizona Stallion Stakes, April 2. She’s has been in the money, including her maiden win, in four of her five outings.
$25,000 Dwight D. Patterson Handicap, 3-Year-Olds & Up, 1 1/16 miles (turf)
Although last year’s winner is in this race, Red Zeus, all eyes will be on the brilliant Silvanus, who will be looking for his seventh consecutive victory this race meet.
True, Silvanus, owned by Tamara Metzen and trained by Pedro Sandoval-Hernandez, is stepping up from claiming company into stakes competition, but the 7-year-old has run faster in each of his victories. Silvanus, with regular rider David Lopez up, won’t be hard to spot: He’ll be on the lead, playing a catch-me-if-you-can game.
This should make for an interesting race, given that in addition to the front-running Silvanus, Rock n’ Cat and Rocked Twice will be looking to lead the parade.
$50,000 Gene Fleming Derby, 3-Year-Olds, 1 1/16 miles
Santa Anita shipper Two the Punch, trained by Kory Owens, will spark the interest of local horseplayers due to his five out of seven in-the-money efforts in southern California.
The quickly improving Hey Ez Money, winner of two of three efforts, including the Arizona Stallion stakes, will pose a late-closing threat to Two the Punch.
$25,000 Lyman and Bradley Rollins Handicap, 3-Year-Olds & Up, 6 furlongs
Last year’s winner, the hard-hitting Jamaican Memories, returns for an encore performance. The 8-year-old Jamaican Memories may not always get to the finish line first, but he always gives best effort, being in-the-money in 10 of his last 12 starts.
Rounding out the compact field are Fullshot, JP Rocker, Midnight Officer, Rexburg and Crown King.
$25,000 Ann Owens Distaff Handicap, Fillies & Mares, 3-Year-Olds & up, 6 furlongs
A lot to choose from in this field of eight, given their local race records and a lone shipper.
First, the shipper: Dances for Kamia, ships in from Sunland Park, where the 4-year-old has won three of eight allowance efforts utilizing a tracking-the-pace style.
The records of the locals: Idling, 7-2-2-1; Myrna Lou, 14-5-2-0; Lazy Daisy May, 18-6-4-6; Camille, 19-4-4-3; Here Comes Granny, 13-1-1-1; Dance Affair, 8-0-7-1 and Mobiledixie, 6-2-0-2.