The Week Ahead: Virginia is for lovers

While the racing world is focused on Ascot, we Americans must find something stateside to latch onto and this Saturday’s $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup (G3) is awfully appealing.  It has drawn a field of ten with Battle of Hastings installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite.  He is extremely vulnerable in this spot because of the increased distance and his inability to handle any trip-related adversity.

The All Along (G3), which is quickly becoming one of the toughest G3 stakes races of the year, supports the CTC and has drawn a bulky field of 12.  Note that there are $0.50 trifectas and $0.10 superfectas on all races at Colonial Downs.

The feature on Saturday at Belmont is the $150,000 New York Handicap for older fillies and mares going 10 furlongs on the inner turf course.  Multiple graded stakes winner Criticism, who is 3 for 4 this year against stakes company, looms a strong favorite based on her recent tally in the Sheepshead Bay. 

I’ll be back later in the week to look at a number of stakes races nationwide, including the Affirmed at Hollywood, which serves as a local prep for the Swaps in July.  Until then, take a look at last year’s Colonial Turf Cup, won by recent Poker winner Sailor’s Cap in a driving rainstorm.

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