The first of the stakes will go as the second race, then three stakes in succession, sixth thru eighth races. Post time will be 12:40 pm.
$30,000-added Arizona Breeders’ Futurity, 2-yo-old fillies, (2nd race, 6 furlongs)
The Robertino Diodoro-trained Arizona Sun is a standout in this field of eight juvenile fillies, having won half of her six starts, including Assiniboia’s Debutante Stakes. The daughter of Ministers Wild Cat is the one to beat.
$25,000 Cactus Wren, 3-yo-olds and up, (6th race, 6 ½ furlongs)
The usual cast of local toughies is showing up for the Wren, headed by trainer Kevin Eikleberry’s triple entry of Yo Y Me, Fortified Effort and Loud N Proud. Fortified Effort will look to repeat last year’s victory in this race, in which stablemate Yo Y Me finished third.
But this is far from a two-horse rematch. Trainer Kory Owens will send out two from the 11-month layoff bench, 2018 Spring Futurity winner Call Waiting, who has been revving up in workouts after been off for 11-month and Ramblin Man.
$25,000 Cactus Flower, Fillies and Mares, 3-yo-olds and up (7th race, 6 ½ furlongs)
No less competitive than the males in the Wren, the Cactus Flower will showcase Senoradiablo, Foggia and five-time winner Chance to Shine, who just won the Queen of the Green stakes on the turf.
The Molly Pearson-trained Dreamy Gal delivered as the favorite following a layoff in the recent Princess of Palms. And 10-time winner Sierrita appears ready for best effort following a fifth place comeback effort following a two-month freshner.
$30,000-added Arizona Breeders’ Futurity, 2-yo-olds, colts and geldings (8th race, 6 furlongs)
Given that eight of the ten entrants are still maidens, two-time winner Arizona Jeremy will catch the horseplayers attention, especially due to his last victory in the $72,000 ATBA Sales Stakes at today’s distance. Another Pearson-trained rising star, the $33,000 Arizona Thoroughbred Sales purchase should be a prohibitive favorite at post time.