Staff reports

Here’s what’s on tap for the Midlantic racing weekend:

Top Midlantic-breds in Action

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  • Mor Spirit, second on the list of Top Midlantic-bred three-year-olds, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $400,000, Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes Saturday at Santa Anita Park.  The Pennsylvania-bred son of Eskendereya has won three of five career starts and enters off wins in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity and the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes. Gary Stevens will ride for trainer Bob Baffert.
  • Morning Fire, fifth on the list of Top Midlantic-bred three-year-olds, is 15-1 in Saturday’s $350,000, Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs.  The Pennsylvania-bred Friesan Fire colt has won three of nine career starts, including the Pasco Stakes, and most recently was third in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa.  Daniel Centeno will ride for Keith Natios.

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Other Midlantic-breds nominated to the Triple Crown

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  • Charmed Victory, a Maryland-bred, is the 2-1 second choice in the $75,000 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park Saturday.  The Rodney Jenkins trainee will have Victor Carrasco in the irons and is one of three Triple Crown nominees in the race.
  • A pair of Midlantic-breds tangle in a $78,000 allowance Saturday at Oaklawn Park.  Maryland-bred Southside Warrior and Pennsylvania-bred Bird of Trey are both 4-1 on the morning line.

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Stakes in the Region

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  • Laurel Park hosts three stakes on Saturday: the $75,000 Private Terms for three-year-olds and the $75,000 Caesar’s Wish for three-year-old fillies.  For an in-depth guide, click here.

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