Travers 2018: Irad Ortiz Jr. to ride on Wonder Gadot
The filly Wonder Gadot has been assigned Irad Ortiz Jr. as the jockey in her third consecutive start in Travers against the boys. Hofburg, previously rode on by Irad Ortiz Jr. being announced out of the competition due to fever on Sunday, the jockey became available for the only filly in the male dominated race. Wonder Gadot’s regular jockey, John Velazquez, would now mount on Vino Rosso in the Travers. Winning the first two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, trainer Mark Casse chose the Travers over the third leg of the Triple Crown, the first Grade 1 race since the Kentucky Oats where she finished a close second to Monomoy Girl. There were a number of possible jockeys for Wonder Gadot as of Sunday morning including Florent Geroux, Mike Smith and Tyler Gaffalione before Ortiz Jr. became available. As exciting it is to ride on the filly who already won at the 1 ¼ miles run of the Travers, Irad Ortiz Jr. is confident about the filly doing her best and having a legitimate chance of winning against the boys in the Travers.
No to Travers, Axelrod to headline in Smarty Jones Stakes
Micheal McCarthy trainee Axelrod was pulled out of the Travers Stakes 2018 just a day before the entries were taken as the last out Indiana Derby would be rather contending in Parx Racing’s Grade 3, Smarty Jones Stakes worth $300,000. The contender of the $1.25 million Saratoga’s meet feature was instead interested in the event that can be often thought as a local preparation for the Pennsylvania Grade 1 Derby starting from the 22nd of September. Smarty Jones Stakes is that event which had put Pavel, an eventual classic division participant, on the map a year ago. Axelrod, campaigned by Slam Dunk Racing, would be taking on seven magnificent horses in the Smarty Jones which also include two contenders of the Triple Crown Series: Flameway and Diamond King. One of the sons of Warrior’s Reward, Axelrod became a very successful investment on winning the Indiana Derby on July 14thand will now have its eye set for the Smarty Jones finish wire.
Catapult winning back-to-back in Del Mar Mile
The 5-year old son of Kitten’s Joy, Catapult, wins back-to-back graded stakes since he moved his career to California. Starting from the one hole and making a ground-saving trip to fly past Fly to Mars in the $200,000 Sunday’s Grade 2 Del Mar Mile, Catapult won the race with Sharp Samurai in the second position. Fly to Mars was disqualified to the third position as he cut off Sharp Samurai’s path causing him to duck inside.