Wicked Strong (pictured) captured the Jim Dandy over Tonalist on July 26 by a solid 2 1/4 lengths.
Saratoga Springs, NY (SportsNetwork.com) -
Wicked Strong and Tonalist, first and second in the Jim Dandy Stakes, meet up again in Saturday's $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
The 1 1/4-mile "Mid-Summer Derby" has attracted a field of 10 3-year-olds, including Haskell Invitational winner Bayern.
Wicked Strong, trained by Jimmy Jerkens for Centennial Farms, will start from post 7 with his regular jockey Rajiv Maragh. The morning line has the Jim Dandy champ as the 7-2 third pick with Tonalist at 3-1 and Bayern the 2-1 program favorite.
Wicked Strong, wearing blinkers for the first time, captured the Jim Dandy over Tonalist on July 26 by a solid 2 1/4 lengths. The victory made the colt a millionaire as he has banked $1,244,610 with three wins in nine career starts.
Saturday was a good day for Delaware Park
By Don Agriss, Horse Racing Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Saturday was a good day for Delaware Park.
I don't mean at the betting windows, kiosks or even on the track in the First State. It was a good day, if not great, because horses who were coming off starts at Delaware Park shined on the national racing scene.
The biggest news came in the Arlington Million when 11-1 longshot Hardest Core stunned the field by capturing the 32nd edition of the 1 1/4-mile turf race. Maybe the fact that the 4-year-old gelding, trained by Edward Graham, was only 11-1 in a seven-horse field that included defending winner Real Solution was an indication that the public knew something special about Hardest Core.