Also Saturday, horses will share the spotlight with camel and ostrich races. Plus there will be a special photo/selfie-op appearance by the Drama Llamas. These two locally based alpacas, which go by the names Laney and Kahknetta, rose to fame by running loose in Sun City to the delight of a worldwide TV audience.
There will also be free bounce inflatables, face painting and pony rides for the kids.The Coyote, for 3-year-olds and up, drew a field of six, while the Mesa, for fillies and mares, attracted a field of seven. Both races will be run at 6 ½ furlongs.
Multiple stakes winner Broadway Empire has made a name for himself taking on tough opponents in Grade 1 stakes like the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and Metropolitan Handicap. The 5-year-old son of Empire Maker didn’t win those prestigious events but neither did he disgrace himself.
Trained by leading conditioner Robertino Diodoro. Broadway Empire, who’s been off for nearly five months, has laid down a series of six workouts, three of them best of the day, for his race return. Leading rider Scott Stevens has the call.However, the rest of the field cannot be dismissed out of hand.
Absolutely Cool, winner of the Phoenix Gold Cup, has signed up with his patented closing kick; trainer Greg Tracy’s fresh off the bench trio of Just Win Baby. Tigger Town and Deadly Truth will insure a lively pace and then there’s JP Rocker who’s in search of his third consecutive win.
How good is Lady Rosberg?
The Valorie Lund trained 5-year-old mare has been in the money in her last eight starts, including five victories and two stakes wins. The Washington bred is as accomplished on dirt as she is on turf.
The Diodoro-trained Small Moves is working on her third consecutive win.
Robert Score’s Speckles debut with a four-length allowance win on the turf after shipping in from Santa Anita, will prompt the question, Can she transfer that form to dirt?