Staff reports

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

Top Midlantic-breds in Action

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  • Morning Fire, fifth on the list of Top Midlantic-bred three-year-olds, scratched from his last scheduled start, the Tampa Bay Derby, but is entered Saturday in the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes Saturday at Gulfstream Park.  He is the 5-2 favorite in the field of eight, and Daniel Centeno will ride for Keith Nations.
  • Finest City, fifth on the list of Top Midlantic-bred older horses, will try her hand in the $100,000, Grade 3 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Sunday.  Joe Talamo is slated to ride for trainer Ian Kruljac.

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Other Midlantic-breds nominated to the Triple Crown

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  • American Dubai, a Virginia-bred, is 12-1 on the morning line for the Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Saturday.  Chris Landeros will ride for trainer Chris Richards.

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Midlantic-breds in graded stakes

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  • Maryland-bred Kiss to Remember is 10-1 on the morning line of the $200,000, Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes Saturday at Gulfstream Park.  Julien Leparoux will ride for trainer Marty Wolfson.

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Stakes in the Region

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  • Laurel Park hosts the $75,000 Ben’s Cat Stakes on Saturday for Maryland-breds three-years-old and up.  It’s the first running of the event.  For an in-depth guide, click here.

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