Mo Tom, Dal­more meet in Su­per Derby

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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.

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