Here’s what’s on tap for the Midlantic racing weekend:
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- Green Gratto heads a modest field of six in the $150,000, Grade 3 Toboggan Stakes Monday at Aqueduct 9 (race 3), with Kendrick Carmouche in the irons for trainer Gaston Grant, who co-owns the six-year-old son of Here’s Zealous with Anthony Grant. Green Gratto was bred in New Jersey by Kaz Hill Farm and has suddenly gotten very good, with impressive wins in each of his last two starts. Green Gratto was ranked the seventh best Midlantic-bred in the final 2015 Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll.
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- Pumpkin Rumble is 15-1 on the morning line in the Grade 3 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap at the Fair Grounds Saturday (race 10, 4:52 p.m.). The Pennsylvania-bred gelding was bred by Smart Angle and will be ridden by James Graham for trainer Gary Scherer. The stakes winner will be seeking his first graded victory.
- Tom’s Ready is 5-1 on the morning line for the Grade 3 LeComte, also at the Fair Grounds the race after the Colonel Bradley — if he draws in. The three-year-old More Than Ready colt, bred in Pennsylvania by Blackstone Farm LLC, is the lone horse on the also-eligible list for the $200,000 test for three-year-olds at 1 mile 70 yards. The race kicks off the track’s three-year-old stakes sequence culminating in the Louisiana Derby. Tom’s Ready is trained by Dallas Stewart and will be ridden by Brian Hernandez.
- Illuminant is 8-1 on the morning line in the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday (race 7, post time 3:33 PST). The four-year-old Pennsylvania-bred filly has won two of seven career starts and will be seeking her first stakes win in the 1 1/16 mile test for older fillies and mares. She was bred by Sycamore Hall Farm LLC and will be ridden by Flavien Prat for trainer Michael McCarthy.
Stakes in the Region [su_list icon=”icon: check”]
- Laurel Park hosts three stakes on Saturday: the Fire Plug for older sprinters, and the Marshua and Frank Whiteley, Jr., for three-year-old fillies and three-year-olds, respectively. For an in-depth guide click here.