Both stakes, the Scottsdale for fillies and the Tempe for colts and geldings, attracted fields of 11 horses each, and will be run at one mile on the grass course.
In addition to the double stakes, Saturday will feature Wiener Dog races throughout the day, including a Wiener Dog parade and fashion show. The family oriented promotion will offer free bounce inflatables for the kids.
The most accomplished miss among the 11 entered is the Jonathan Nance-trained McKenzie Honey. The daughter of Parading has won half of her eight efforts, including three stakes. Her most recent win of February 18 came in the Arizona Oaks.
The Robertino Diodoro-trained Memories Galore should improve after her rough trip in the Arizona Oaks, where she finished fourth. Diodoro has won this race three times, his most recent win last year with Malibu Kash.
And then there’s Galactic Princess. Winner of Arapahoe Park’s Oaks and third in that track’s Gold Rush Futurity against the boys, the daughter of Ready’s Image garnered immediate attention locally when winning the Arizona Juvenile Fillies. However, she turned in a dull effort to finished fifth as the favorite in the Arizona Oaks.
The Molly Pearson-trained Howdy Kingkowboy, winner of the Turf Paradise Derby in his last start, is sure to be given the slight favorite’s role. The son of Kodiak Kowboy has won two starts and has not finished out the money in six career efforts.
Of curious interest is Fairgrounds’ shipper Honor River, trained by Steve Henson. The son of To Honor and Serve started his career at Belmont Park then ventured to Woodbine in Canada for three starts, where he broke his maiden and then to the Fairgrounds in New Orleans for two starts and where he was claimed by Henson for $30,000 out of a turf race. Honor River will be making his first starts as a 3-year-old.
Diodoro, who also won this race last year as part of a doubleheader with his Scottsdale win, will send forth Caan Me, maiden winner of his most recent start February 18. The son of Square Eddie will be making his first start over grass and will be turning for the first time.