The track continues with its 5-day a week live race schedule – Saturday thru Wednesday – until the Christmas Holidays. Post time is 12:40 pm.
The Four Az Bred Stakes
The $25,000 Cactus Flower, Fillies and Mares, 3-year-olds and up, 6 ½ furlongs.
The $38,035 Az Breeders’ Futurity, Fillies, 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs.
The $39,410 Az Breeders’ Futurity, Colts & Geldings, 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs.
The $25,000 Cactus Wren, 3-year-olds and up, 6 ½ furlongs.
The Cactus Flower
Although the field size is compact of six – evenly split between three and four year-old fillies – the race comes up highly competitive.
Eight-time winner Myrna Lou will dominate attention with her $160,000+ in earnings and her 18 in-the-money performances in 31 starts.
The lightly raced stakes winner Lieutenant Margie will be making her key second start of a layoff.
Though she’s been off since July, Mobiledixie’s work tab indicates she may be ready to fire a winning effort off the bench.
Az Breeders’ Futurity, Fillies
Only one of the six juveniles has broken her maiden, Top Hat Wildcat, who went on to be stakes placed, after finishing a well-beaten second in the November 5 ATBA Sales Stakes.
Of interest is the first-time starter from the prodigious Triple AAA Ranch, Kingsley. Bred to be a good one – Top Hit out of French Debutante – Kingsley began her preparatory workouts at Oaklawn Park and continued them at Del Mar, including a bullet work November 13, of :48.1, best of 21, from the gate.
Az Breeders’ Futurity, Colts & Geldings
The highly talented, Kevin Eikleberry-trained Yo Y Me figures to be the post time favorite, given his race record: 6 starts, 2 wins, 3 seconds and one third. This includes a victory in the Nov. 5 ATBA Sales Stakes. The son of Dixie Chatter was purchased for $17,000 out of the 2015 Arizona Breeders’ sale. His current bankroll stands at $86,858.
Triple AAA shows up again with another first-time starter: the colt, Kickenit. The son of Uh Oh Bango has recorded no less than a dozen works, also at Oaklawn and Del Mar, for his maiden debut.
The Cactus Wren
The fullest of the stake races with nine entrants has attracted a competitive cast of nine dominated by the prolific sire Rocky Bar.
The Rocky Bars include, Rocked Twice, winner of seven of 23 starts; JP Rocker, victorious in six of 24 efforts and Rockin Home with six wins in 26 efforts to his credit. The one thing these three have in common, outside of the fact each has won a stakes races is, they like to play the game on the lead.
This race has an over-abundance of speed, which will insure an honest pace. It may also suggest the possibility of a closer getting up in the final strides. With that in mind look for Ride Hard Kowboy, winner of the Nov. 26 Walter Cluer Stakes at one mile (turf); or the well-traveled Coolidge, or the quickly improving Hawkeye Gold.