Weekend Lineup: Female Sprinters Highlight Saturday’s Action, Mighty Heart Returns On Sunday

A quartet of graded stakes races highlight this weekend’s racing action across North America, but Saturday’s highlight is the $300,000 Dream Supreme Stakes at Churchill Downs featuring the rematch of top female sprinters Bell’s the One and Sconsin. Both skipped a trip to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships last weekend, and return in this spot to renew their rivalry.

Saturday

3:56 p.m. – Grade 3 Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine

Ten fillies and mares will travel 1 ¼ miles on the Tapeta in Saturday’s Maple Leaf Stakes. Starters include the Mark Casse-trained foursome of Art of Almost, Broadway Lady, Crystal Glacier and Skygaze. Graham Motion will send out Sister Otoole, a 4-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Amira’s Prince (IRE), who sports a 2-3-3 record from 10 starts.

Maple Leaf Entries

4:36 p.m. – Grade 2 Bessarabian Stakes at Woodbine

The seven-furlong main track feature for fillies and mares, three-years-old and upward, has drawn nine starters, including Juxtapose. Trained by Steve Owens, the Kentucky-bred heads into her second straight stakes date after notching a third in the Grade 3 Ontario Matron on Oct. 10 at Woodbine.

Bessarabian Entries

5:36 p.m. – $300,000 Dream Supreme Stakes at Churchill Downs

Bell’s The One and Sconsin will face one another for the sixth time in their careers on Saturday beneath the Twin Spires, this time over six furlongs. The last time they met, Sconsin bested Bell’s the One by a half-length in the Open Mind Stakes on Sept. 18. However, Bell’s the One came back to win the G2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland, and Sconsin hasn’t raced since the Open Mind, so recent form could give Bell’s the One the edge.//

Dream Supreme Entries

Sunday

4:35 p.m. – Grade 2 Autumn Stakes at Woodbine

Eight hopefuls, including multiple graded stakes winner Special Forces, reigning Canadian Horse of the Year Mighty Heart, and 2019 Belmont Stakes champ Sir Winston, are set to contest Sunday’s Autumn Stakes. Special Forces will chase his second Autumn score, having won the 1 1/16-mile Tapeta event for 3-year-olds and upward two years ago.

Autumn Entries

7:00 p.m. – Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar

Bob Baffert has three of the five 2-year-olds in the lineup for the seven-furlong headliner, including Messier, Kamui, and Winning Map. Also in the lineup are Rock N Rye and Forbidden Kingdom, though trainer Walther Solis plans to scratch Rock N Rye in favor of entering him in a state-bred stakes later in the meet.

Bob Hope Entries

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