Mo Tom, Dalmore meet in Super Derby
The Grade 3, $400,000 Super Derby drew seven horses when entries for the 1 1/8-mile race were taken Wednesday at Louisiana Downs. Mo Tom, who will start from post 2, was made the 7-5 morning-line favorite by Louisiana Downs linemaker Russ Ramstad. The second choice at 2-1 is Dalmore.
The Super Derby is scheduled to go as the 11th race on a 13-race program that has a special early post of noon Central. Post time for the Super Derby is 4:55 p.m.
The field, from the rail with riders, is: Whateverybodywants, Jose Valdivia Jr.; Mo Tom, Joe Bravo; Mending Fences, David Cabrera; Classy Bird, John Jacinto; Texas Chrome, C.J. Mcmahon; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux; and Fort Pulaski, Diego Saenz.
The Super Derby will be the final leg of an all-stakes pick four that starts in the eighth race with the $75,000 Sunday Silence for 2-year-olds on turf. The sequence continues with the $75,000 River Cities for fillies and mares on turf and the $75,000 Unbridled for 3-year-olds and up on turf.
There is one additional stakes race on the card, the $75,000 Happy Ticket for 2-year-old fillies on turf.
The forecast for Saturday calls for a high of 90 degrees and a 70 percent chance of precipitation, according to The Weather Channel.
Arlington: Futurity, Lassie
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Twelve 2-year-olds, topped by Wellabled and Star Empire, were entered in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 ArlingtonWashington Futurity, the final stakes race of the 2016 Arlington meet.
The Futurity is carded as the last eight races Saturday and is immediately preceded by the $75,000 Arlington-wash- ington Lassie, which also lured 12 entrants and looks wildly competitive.
Wellabled impressively won his career debut sprinting on Arlington’s Polytrack on July 9. He was sent to Saratoga while being pointed to the Saratoga Special by trainer Larry Rivelli, but failed to work well on dirt there, and wound up finishing second by a head Aug. 19 in the $100,000 Skidmore, a turf sprint. E.T. Baird, aboard for the maiden win, has the mount Saturday and will break his speedy mount from post 7 in the sevenfurlong race.
Star Empire, trained by Wesley Ward, drew post 9 and has Gulfstream-based jockey Tyler Gaffalione named to ride. Star Empire debuted May 19 at Belmont and won a five-furlong dirt race by 6 1/2 lengths and then was being pointed to the Royal Ascot meet, Ward said. But Star Empire wound up not making the trip overseas and instead returned to action Aug. 9 at Presque Isle Downs, where he won a 6 1/2-furlong, firstlevel allowance race over the Tapeta surface there.
Belmont Park: Seattle Slew
ELMONT, N.Y. – Comfort and Touchofstarquality, the onetwo finishers from the $100,000 State Dinner Stakes here on July 4, head a five-horse field entered for Saturday’s inaugural Seattle Slew Stakes. The Seattle Slew, as was the State Dinner, is run at 1 1/16 miles.
Comfort defeated Touchofstarquality by 3 1/4 lengths in the State Dinner, then finished second to Frosted in the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga.
Touchofstarquality came out of the State Dinner to run second in the Alydar Stakes behind Royal Posse.
Comfort will break from the rail and Touchofstarquality post 2 in the Seattle Slew, which will go as the third race on the 10-race card. Outside of them are Baccelo, the winner of the Grade 3 Iselin at Monmouth; Tapin Mojo, fifth in last week’s Grade 1 Woodward at Saratoga; and Mylute, third in the Alydar.
Dalmore, the winner of the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes on July 2 at Santa Anita, is the 2-1 second choice in the Super Derby.