The Pennsylvania Derby includes a rematch between Hot Rod Charlie and Midnight Bourbon.


The Pennsylvania Derby includes a rematch between Hot Rod Charlie and Midnight Bourbon.

Hot Rod Charlie and Midnight Bourbon rekindle a growing rivalry in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing on Saturday, further shaking up the topsy-turvy 3-year-old division.

Parx also has six other stakes on the same program, four of which are graded.

The Oklahoma Derby, as well as several other intriguing stakes, are held at Remington Park over the weekend festivities. Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, and Gulfstream Park all have races on the schedule that might be significant.

On the international front, 2-year-olds take center stage in England and Ireland, with the “European Road to the Kentucky Derby” program featuring the first two races. We’re also keeping an eye on what’s going on in Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia.

First, there’s Pennsylvania:


When trainer Bob Baffert saw the No. 9 gate drawn for his Kentucky Derby first-place finisher, Medina Spirit, with disdain, the $1 million Grade I Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing lost its morning-line favorite.

Baffert said Medina Spirit will stay in California to prepare for the Breeders’ Cup less than 24 hours after the draw on Monday.

Hot Rod Charlie is now the favorite, followed by Midnight Bourbon, who were both involved in the drama surrounding the Grade I Haskell’s stretch run at Monmouth Park in July.

Hot Rod Charlie slid in front of Midnight Bourbon, who clipped heels and knocked jockey Paco Lopez out of the race. Hot Rod Charlie took first place but was disqualified, placing Mandaloun in first position.

Midnight Bourbon ran a valiant performance in last month’s Grade I Travers before finishing second by a neck behind division leader Essential Quality.

Speaker’s Corner, a Godolphin homebred colt by Street Sense, and Americanrevolution, a Constitution colt co-owned by China Horse Club and WinStar Farm, are two up-and-coming types to keep an eye on in the Pennsylvania Derby.

Godolphin is on a tear, and Speaker’s Corner wins big in his 2021 debut at Saratoga on August 14. The colt is trained by Bill Mott and will run beyond 7 furlongs for the first time.

Trainer Todd Pletcher puts Americanrevolution to the ultimate test today, as he is 3-for-3 against fellow New York-breds. On the plus side, he won his last race at this distance of 1 1/8 mile.

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