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In truth, it’s something of a nondescript weekend of racing in the mid-Atlantic.  There are no stakes taking place in the region — though next weekend should be a big one — and more than a few of the races will go with short fields.  The weekend’s allowance and maiden special events:

  • Saturday
    • Parx – Maiden special weight, Race 4, 1:46 p.m.
    • Pimlico  
      • Maiden special weight, Race 5, 3:02 p.m.
      • Allowance/optional claimer (N1X/$40,000-$35,000), Race 6, 3:30 p.m.
      • Allowance/optional claimer (N2X/$25,000-$20,000), Race 8, 4:26 p.m.
      • Allowance/optional claimer (N2X/$25,000-$20,000), Race 9, 4:55 p.m.
    • Charles Town – Allowance/optional claimer (N1X/$12,500), Race 8, 10:11 p.m.
  • Sunday
    • Pimlico
      • Maiden special weight, Race 3, 2:06 p.m.
      • Allowance/optional claimer (N2X/$25,000-$20,000), Race 7, 3:58 p.m.
      • Allowance/optional claimer (N1X/$40,000-$35,000), Race 8, 4:26 p.m.

None of the horses among the leaders of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/ The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll are in action this weekend, although Extrasexyhippzster — ranked sixth among three year-olds — is in the Grade 1 Bluegrass Stakes from Keeneland…

In fact, it’s easy to see that Keeneland’s huge Saturday card could have a significant impact on both the three year-old and older horse polls.  Other Midlantic-breds in action on the card:

  • Havelock (MD), 4-1, G3 Shakertown
  • Go Blue or Go Home (VA), 6-1, G3 Shakertown
  • Kitten’s Point (PA), 5-1, G1 Jenny Wiley — Kitten’s Point was the seventh-ranked older horse this week.
  • Emotional Kitten (PA), 10-1, G1 Jenny Wiley — Emotional Kitten was the ninth-ranked older horse this week.

And in other graded action nationally:

  • Zeewat (PA), 12-1, Grade 2 Potrero Grande (SA) — Zeewat was the 11th-ranked older horse this week.