The field is set for the $1 million Haskell, where Nyquist will be trying to re-stake his claim as the top three-year-old in the country.
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The Grade III $150,000 Stars and Stripes Stakes is part of Million Preview Day July 12 in Chicago which features four graded stakes races on the turf.
The Stars and Stripes, run at a mile and a half, serves as the local prep race for the August 16 American St. Leger Stakes on Million Day. The race draws a competitive field of ten in an excellent betting race. The Pizza Man is the 7/2 morning line second choice, but will vie for post time favoritism for trainer Chris Block after a comeback win in the Black Tie Affair Stakes June 21 at a mile and a sixteenth. The win marked the first race in eight months for The Pizza Man who has ten wins in fifteen career starts including a record of 6-1-1 in nine starts on the Arlington Turf. He finished third in last year’s Stars and Stripes.
Suntracer (3/1 ML), trained by Chris Block, should find himself in the thick of things when the real running begins despite just one win in twelve lifetime starts on the Arlington turf including zero wins in seven starts at the distance. Still, Suntracer was beaten just a head in his last start by the well-regarded War Dancer in the Grade III Louisville Handicap also run at a mile and a half. War Dance is the favorite in the Arlington Handicap.
The lightly race O’Prado Ole (12/1) will make just his ninth lifetime start for trainer Dale Romans. Although he has only raced beyond a mile and a sixteenth once, he is a son of 2007 Breeder’s Cup Turf winner English Channel.
On Sunday at Monmouth Park, the featured race is the $300,000 United Nations Stakes. Scheduled to be run at a mile and three-eighths on the turf, the Grade 1 event has drawn a field of ten colts and geldings.
On Sunday at Monmouth Park, the featured race is the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes, a key prep race for the Haskell Invitational (G1). The Grade 3 event will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth and has drawn a field of seven three-year-olds.