Area Go (outdoors) will get up in time to win the Transylvania underneath Ricardo Santana Jr.
Three Diamonds Farm’s Area Go, a Grade 3 winner on each grass and synthetics, will make his eighth consecutive begin in opposition to graded firm and first at Pimlico Race Course in Saturday’s $200,000 Baltimore-Washington Worldwide Turf Cup (G3).
The fifteenth operating of the one-mile BWI Turf Cup for 3-year-olds and up headlines a nine-race program that includes 4 grass stakes value $500,000 in purses. Launched because the Colonial Turf Cup in 2005, it was held at Colonial Downs by 2013 earlier than transferring to Laurel Park in 2015 following a one-year hiatus. It returns after not being a part of Maryland’s pandemic-shortened 2020 stakes schedule.
Additionally on Saturday’s program are the $100,000 Bald Eagle Derby for 3-year-olds going 1 ½ miles and a pair of stakes for fillies and mares 3 and up – the 100,000 Large Dreyfus at 1 1/8 miles and $100,000 Wise Girl Turf Sprint sprinting 5 furlongs.
First race submit time is 12:40 p.m.
Area Go has gone winless in three races this 12 months together with fourths within the Maker’s Mark Mile (G1) April 9 at Keeneland in his 4-year-old debut and final out within the 1 1/16-mile Clever Dan (G2) June 26, overwhelmed a complete of 5 lengths.
In between, the Lemon Drop Child colt pale to be final of eight after urgent the tempo within the 1 3/8-mile Man o’ Warfare (G1) Might 8 at Belmont Park, the place he blew out three furlongs in 36 seconds Wednesday.
“He is doing properly,” coach Mike Maker stated. “He had a pleasant, simple work this morning and he is able to go.”
Area Go has raced completely in graded firm since operating third within the American Turf (G2) final September and in 9 of his final 12 begins, successful the Jeff Ruby (G3) and 1 1/8-mile Ontario Derby (G3) over all-weather surfaces at Turfway Park and Woodbine respectively final spring and fall, in addition to final July’s 1 1/16-mile Transylvania (G3) on the Keeneland turf.
In 19 begins with $608,143 in purse earnings, Area Go has raced 4 instances at one mile with one win and one third, his victory coming within the Dania Seaside on the grass at Gulfstream Park to open his 2020 marketing campaign. Bred in Maryland by Mark Brown Grier, he was overwhelmed a size when fourth as the favourite within the 2019 Laurel Futurity in the one earlier journey to his dwelling state.
Victor Carrasco is known as to journey from the rail in a area of six at topweight of 124 kilos, two greater than every of his rivals.
“I believe the category aid would be the fundamental factor. He ran good within the Maker’s Mark off the layoff so the gap is not a priority,” Maker stated. “It is nonetheless going to be a tricky race, however he is been hooking some robust guys these days so we’re trying ahead to it.”
Different graded winners entered within the BWI Turf Cup are Pixelate and English Bee.
Godolphin homebred Pixelate earned his fifth profession win and third in a stakes within the 1 1/8-mile Prince George’s County June 13 at Pimlico, getting a wonderfully timed journey to edge Logical Fable by a size.
The 4-year-old Metropolis Zip colt gained the Del Mar Derby (G2) and Woodchopper in 2020 and this 12 months was overwhelmed a nostril for the win within the Henry S. Clark April 24 at Pimlico and three lengths when fifth within the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) Jan. 23 at Gulfstream.
“He got here out of the final race nice,” coach Michael Stidham stated. “It was nice to get him again within the winner’s circle. He deserves it. He runs nice each time.”
Feargal Lynch will get the decision from Publish 4.
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Calumet Farm’s English Bee, a 5-year-old homebred by turf champion English Channel, remains to be making an attempt to recapture his 2019 kind when he gained 4 of eight begins together with the 1 1/8-mile Virginia Derby (G3) and a pair of one-mile stakes, the James W. Murphy at Pimlico and Parx Fall Derby, all on the grass.
He hasn’t gained since, ending second twice in seven 2020 begins – overwhelmed a half-length within the one-mile Canadian Turf (G3) at Gulfstream and a neck within the Clever Dan.
“I believe he simply wants some luck,” coach Graham Movement stated. “I believe he is pretty much as good as he was. He is a hard-knocking horse.”
This 12 months English Bee was a troubled seventh, 2 ½ lengths behind Maker-trained pacesetter Somelikeithotbrown within the 1 1/16-mile Dinner Social gathering (G2) Might 15 at Pimlico, his first race in additional than seven months, and no higher within the Prince George’s County.
“I did not fairly know what to make of his final race, however he did not have a terrific journey. He actually had an unfortunate journey the primary time I ran him,” Movement stated. “I believe he is achieved properly. I wasn’t in a rush to run him again. I would wish to assume he is coming into this gorgeous recent.”
Jorge Vargas Jr. has the task from Publish 5.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Ramsey Answer can be making the step as much as graded competitors for the primary time. The winner of the one-mile, 70-yard Tapit final fall at Kentucky Downs – over a area that included English Bee, fellow graded winners Hembree and Hawkish and Dixie present finisher Midnight Tea Time – is skilled by Wesley Ward.
“He is at all times been possibly a minimize beneath the highest ones however he is a really proficient horse, particularly once you get him in the proper firm,” Ward stated. “He is robust.”
Ramsey Answer went four-for-seven in 2020, ending the 12 months with a front-running 1 ½-length non-compulsory claiming allowance triumph in November at Keeneland. In his lone begin this 12 months he ran second, overwhelmed 4 lengths by subsequent Clever Dan winner Set Piece, within the 1 1/16-mile Douglas Park in a single day stakes Might 29 at Churchill Downs.
“He ran huge final time. We bought type of compromised by the journey however I believe there’s much more to him and he will run a giant race this time,” Ward stated. “I believe after this we’ll have a superb opinion of the place we have to go from right here. This would be the race that type of determines the place we’re at with him, class-level smart.”
Mychel Sanchez can be up for the primary time on Ramsey Answer, breaking from outdoors Publish 6.
“I believe he is fairly versatile. He can do something, that man,” Ward stated of the Actual Answer gelding. “He can come from slightly off of it or he can bounce proper on the market. If there’s slightly give within the floor or it is on the slop or if it is a mushy turf, he would not thoughts that both. He is a fairly cool horse.”
Lael Stables’ Discuss Or Pay attention exits the identical final two races as English Bee, having run second by a size within the Dinner Social gathering and sixth by lower than 4 lengths within the Prince George’s County, contested over a turf course rated good.
“He would not just like the mushy turf. His earlier race on agency was actually good, most likely a lifetime finest for my part,” coach Arnaud Delacour stated. “The mushy turf was a query mark, however he simply did not deal with it in any respect. The jock advised me when he got here off the bridle, that was it.
“I hope for a agency turf. The forecast is fairly good, and I believe that he’ll just like the mile. There needs to be loads of tempo and he ought to have the ability to sit there and do his factor and hopefully run properly,” he added. “I have been proud of him. He had a superb work the opposite day and got here again properly, so every part’s good.”
Daniel Centeno, aboard within the Prince George’s County, will get a return name from Publish 3.
Finishing the sector is Posterity, owned and skilled by Hassan Elamri. The 7-year-old Posse gelding rallied to edge Fortunate Ramsey by a neck in a 1 1/16-mile claiming occasion June 18 at Pimlico, his fifth profession win and first since an August 2019 allowance at Laurel.
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