Redeemed is Greenwood Cup favorite

Posted: July 14, 2012

A Breeders' Cup berth will be on the line Saturday at Parx Racing when some of the nation's best long-distance runners square off in the $200,000 Grade 3 Greenwood Cup.

The winner of the mile-and-a-half race is guaranteed a berth in the Breeders' Cup Marathon on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita.

The Marathon winner was the third-place finisher at the Greenwood Cup last year. Butch Reid's Afleet Again surprised everyone at 43-1. The Greenwood Cup is one of two Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" races on the Parx stakes calendar, the other being the Grade 3 Turf Monster Handicap on Labor Day.

Opening as the even-money favorite Saturday is Jay Em Ess Stable's Redeemed. Ramon Dominguez will come in to ride for Rick Dutrow.

Preston Stables' Birdrun, awarded first place in last year's Greenwood after A. U. Miner was disqualified, returns to defend.

Delaware Park. Grace Hall is the big favorite for Saturday's Grade 2 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park. The mile-and-a-sixteenth, $400,000 filly classic has attracted a field of seven.

In her most recent race, the locally based daughter of Empire Maker, who broke her maiden at Delaware Park in her career debut July 11, 2011, finished third in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 4. The winner of the Kentucky Oaks, Believe You Can, and the second-place finisher, Broadway's Alibi, also broke their maidens at Delaware Park in 2011.

Triple Crown. The on-call veterinarian for the Triple Crown races said Friday that Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another did not receive any illegal or unwarranted medication during his attempt to sweep the series.

Dr. Larry Bramlage said records provided to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board don't indicate anything inappropriate occurred involving I'll Have Another.

I'll Have Another was retired the day before the June 9 Belmont Stakes with what trainer Doug O'Neill said was an injury to the colt's left front tendon.

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