The day, known as Super Saturday, will reward the first 5,000 fans with a free T-shirt. There will be a Jockeys Meet and Greet and a free photo of the current jockey colony. There will also be free multiple bounce inflatables for the kids and live music on the grandstand apron. The post time for the first of eight races is 12:40 pm.
The Gold Cup, 7th Race
The 63rd running of the Gold Cup attracted a competitive field of six sprinters, dived out between two shippers and four entrants locally based.
The California ship-in Make It a Triple has been facing tougher on the west coast circuit. Off since August 18 at Del Mar’s meet, Make It a Triple had his final tune-up, a bullet 6-furlong work of 1:12.2 on Jan. 26, for trainer Keith Craigmyle.
Locally-based trainer Valorie Lund sends forth Canterbury campaigner Mr. Jagermeister, a deserving 6-5 favorite, as he is a winner of five of eight efforts in 2018 for $205,975. Mr. Jagermeister, a son of multiple stakes winner Atta Boy Roy, concluded last year’s efforts with three consecutive stakes wins at the Minnesota track. Lund has back-to-back wins in the Gold Cup with Absolutely Cool in 2014-2015.
Leading trainer Robertino Diodoro sends forth a trio of stakes winners in Bourbon Cowboy, Never Give In and Izzy the Warrior.
Turf Paradise Handicap, 8th Race
The 1 1/16 mile turf test drew a field of 11 four-year-olds and up, including Cotton Fitzsimmons’ runner-up Theglorysallmine and third place finisher Gato Guapo, the lukewarm 3-1 choice. Also entered is Rate for Me who’s looking for his fourth consecutive win over the lawn.
Sun City Handicap, 5th Race
A field of eight fillies and mares are entered for the one mile grass stakes. A standout is the 4-year-old filly Medaglia Gold trained by Shawn Davis, who just missed in the Glendale Handicap after winning four straight races, including the Queen of the Green Handicap. She’ll open at 6-5.