The Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario opened for record handling on the first day of their meeting in 2021.
Woodbine is hosting its first Graded Stakes races this year with the Whimsical on Saturday and the Jacques Cartier on Sunday, the latter being led by seven-time Sovereign Award winner Pink Lloyd. Three-time Grade 1 winner Raging Bull is the one to be beaten in Belmont’s Grade 3 poker stakes. On the West Coast, Santa Anita ended its season that began the day after Christmas, led by the challenging Grade 3 on Saturday, 1 ¾-mile San Juan Capistrano on grass. And in the UK, Saturday’s Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, televised on NBC, will be the final Group 1 at this year’s Royal Ascot get-together.
TVG will broadcast races from Monmouth Park, Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park and more all weekend. Fans can turn on TVG, TVG2, and the Watch TVG app, available on Amazon Fire, Roku, and connected Apple TV devices.
America’s Day at the Races will be broadcast live on FS2 from Belmont Park and Churchill Downs on Saturday June 19th from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm and on Sunday June 20th from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm FS2 pm
Saturday June 19th
11:20 am – $ 975,000 Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on NBC
The five day Royal Ascot meeting draws to a close as lawn sprinters take the spotlight of Group 1 with 6 Stadium Diamond Jubilee Stakes in a 14 horse field. David Ward’s 4 year old Starman (GB) will fight for favor with Saeed Suhail’s 7 year old gelding Dream Of Dreams (IRE). Trained by Ed Walker and ridden by Post 13 by Oisin Murphy, Starman has won four out of five starts, including his final Group 2 score in the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Sakes on May 12th at York Racecourse. The Dream of Dreams, trained by Michael Stoute, has won nine races, underlined by winning Group 1 at the Betfair Sprint Cup Stakes in Haydock last September. Ryan Moore has the mount and breaks out of post three.
5:31 p.m. – $ 150,000 Quirky 3rd Grade Stakes at Woodbine on TVG
Racing returned to Woodbine last weekend and the Toronto circuit will host its first Ranked Race of the season on Saturday, with the Grade 3 Whimsical reaching 6 stadiums for mares and mares. The field of eight is led by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsays Artie’s Princess, who trained in the Bessarabic Stakes 2nd. By Wesley Ward and ridden by Kazushi Kimura from post seven, Artie’s Princess, a daughter of We Miss Artie bred in Canada, has five out of seven Starts won. Just outside of Arties Princess is the 4 year old boardroom, which is coached by the Canadian Racing Hall of Famer Josie Carroll. Boardroom, a brown daughter of Commissioner, has won three out of five races, including the listed Duchess Stakes in Woodbine, off Bessarabia. William and Anne Scott’s 6-year-old Summer Sunday, trained by Stuart Simon, has won nine races and finished third in the Whimsical last year. Gary Boulanger will ride and break out of post three.
9:29 p.m. – $ 100,000 Class 3 San Juan Capistrano at Santa Anita Park on TVG
In Santa Anita, trainer Phil D’Amato sends a strong hand for Grade 3 San Juan Capistrano on Saturday at 1½ miles on turf, with defending champions Red King and 9-5 Morning Line favorites Acclimate leading the six-horse field. Owned by Little Red Feather, Gordon Jacobsen and Philip Belmonte, 7 year old gelding Red King won the San Juan Capistrano last year with 3¼ lengths and followed that triumph by winning the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap presented by The Japan Racing Association in August. Red King, a brown son of Eclipse winner English Channel, finished third in the Charles Whittingham Grade 2 Stakes on May 29 in Santa Anita. Umberto Rispoli breaks off the second post. The Ellwood Johnston Trust, Timmy Time Racing and Ken Tevelde’s Acclimate, also a 7-year-old gelding, won the 2019 San Juan Capistrano. Ridden from post four by Ricardo Gonzalez, the California-bred Acclimate finished second with a header at the Charles Whittingham. Fellow Cal-bred Ward ‘n Jerry, an 8-year-old gelding owned by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, has won two entry-fee races over 1 ¼ and 1 ½ miles this year. Trained by Mike Puype and ridden by Flavien Prat off post four, Ward n ‘Jerry finished third in last year’s San Juan Capistrano.
Sunday June 20th
4:29 pm – $ 150,000 Jacques Cartier Stakes 3rd grade at Woodbine on TVG
9-year-old Canadian-bred gelding Pink Lloyd has a chance to win his fifth Jacques Cartier Stakes in class 3 in 6 stadiums against five rivals. Owned by Entourage Stable and trained by Robert Tiller, Pink Lloyd has been a Canadian sprinter for four years in a row and won Canada’s title of 2017. Before Sunday’s race, Pink Lloyd, a Fox son of Old Forester, had a remarkably consistent 26 races Won 33 starts. Ridden off post two by Daisuke Fukumoto, Pink Lloyd won its first four starts in 2020 before finishing third in the Grade 2 Kennedy Road Stakes last November. Four-year-old Florida-bred gelding Souper Stonehenge of Live Oak Plantation, trained by Mark Casse, finished second on Kennedy Road. Looking for his first win in 2021, Souper Stonehenge, ridden by Patrick Husbands from sixth place, finished third in the Carter Handicap Grade 1 in Aqueduct on April 3.
5:02 – $ 150,000 Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes in Monmouth Park on TVG
Sixteen mares and mares, including four also eligible, have been entered for the $ 150,000 Eatontown Stakes Grade 3, which runs 1 1/16 miles on the grass in Monmouth Park. Godolphin’s 4 year old filly Micheline, trained by Mike Stidham, has won five races, including Hillsboro Grade 2 in Tampa Bay in March. The brown daughter of Bernardini, ridden by Mychel Sanchez, was also runner-up in last year’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup class 1 at Keeneland. Nay Lady Nay of First Row Partners and Hidden Brook Farm has won her two starts at Monmouth including the WinStar class 3 matchmaker stakes last July. Trained by Chad Brown and ridden from post six by Dylan Davis, Nay Lady Nay finished fourth in Grade 3 Beaugay on May 8 at Belmont Park.
5:12 pm – $ 250,000 Grade 3 Poker at Belmont Park on FS2
Peter Brant’s three-time Group 1 Raging Bull (FR) winner is the standout at Grade 3 Poker at Belmont against eight rivals over 1 mile on the turf. Raging Bull, a 6 year old son of Dark Angel (FR), started the year solidly and won the Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile in Keeneland on April 9th. Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. from Post One, Raging Bulls had two more Class 1 wins last year at the Shoemaker Mile in Santa Anita and the 2018 Hollywood Derby in Del Mar. Mary Abeel Sullivan Revocable Trusts 4-year-old gelding Get Smokin , trained by Thomas Bush, has won two out of three starts this year, including the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Stakes in February and the Seek Again Stakes on May 22nd in Belmont. Junior Alvarado rides and breaks from the four post. The 7-year-old mare Olekandra (AUS) from Team Valor International is returning to Belmont, where she won the Grade 1 Jaipur Stakes for trainer Neil Drysdale last June.
7:21 p.m. – $ 100,000 US Grade 3 stakes at Santa Anita on TVG
CYBT, Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz, Michael Nentwig and Daniel Weiner’s Neptune’s Storm lead a six-man field in the American Grade 3 stakes at 1 mile on grass in Santa Anita. The 5-year-old gelding, trained by Peter Miller, has won six races, including last year the San Francisco Mile Grade 3 at Golden Gate Fields. Neptune Storm will make its first start since finishing fourth in the Tourist Mile Stakes at Kentucky Downs last September. Flavien Prat has the mount that breaks off post three. Rave Green Racing’s 6-year-old gelding Majestic Eagle, trained by Neil Drysdale, finished second in the Daytona Grade 3 Stakes in Santa Anita on May 29th in his Santa Anita debut in 2021. Majestic Eagle will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez from post five.
8:28 p.m. – $ 100,000 Grade 3 Wilshire Stakes at Santa Anita Park on TVG
Warren and Sally Benjamin’s four-year-old California-bred Warren’s Showtime leads a wide field of eight Wilshire Stakes Grade 3 mares and mares walking a mile on the grass. Warren’s Showtime, a six-time winner for trainer Craig Lewis, finished second in the 1-mile Fran’s Valentine last time on May 6 in Santa Anita. She won the Fall 3rd Grade Miss Stakes over the course of the course last October. Juan Hernandez will ride from the fifth post. Leggs Galore, another 4-year-old filly bred in California and owned by William Simms, defeated Warren’s Showtime by three-quarter length in Fran’s Valentine. Trained by Phil D’Amato and ridden by Ricardo Gonzalez from position six, Legg’s Galore has won six out of nine races and is aiming for her first victory with staggered appearances.
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