The New York City Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will host an all-stakes Cross Nation Select 5 on Saturday, including Kentucky Derby qualifiers from Aqueduct Racetrack and Tampa Bay Downs.
Live protection will be readily available with America’s Day at the Races on FOX Sports. Free Equibase past efficiencies for the Cross Nation Select 5 series are now readily available for download at https://www.nyra.com/aqueduct/racing/cross-country-wagers.
The series starts at 4:25 p.m. Eastern at Tampa Bay with the Grade 2 Hillsborough, a nine-furlong grass test for older fillies and mares headlined by in 2015’s Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational-winner Magic Mindset. The 4-year-old Galileo bay, trained by Arnaud Delacour for Lael Stables, will deal with high opposition from Grade 1-placed challengers Micheline and Court Return.
Action then changes to the Big A for the Heavenly Reward Invitational [Race 8, 4:36 p.m.], a one-turn mile for older fillies and mares including a healthy field of 8. Godolphin homebred Lake Opportunity, a 4-year-old Tapit chestnut trained by Hall of Famer Expense Mott, has actually won 2-of-3 starts at Aqueduct, consisting of a rating in the 2019 Grade 2 Demoiselle. Fitness Instructor Juan Carlos Guerrero sends out rate danger Website Creek, who simply missed out on in the Grade 3 Choose Wand 2 draws back when 2nd to Sharp Starr over a careless and sealed Aqueduct primary track at the Heavenly Reward range.
The middle leg will see sophomore fillies contest 1 1/16- miles on the Tampa Bay grass in the Grade 3 Florida Oaks[Race 10, 4:55 p.m.] Delacour and Lael Stables collaborate once again with the several stakes positioned Be Sly, who makes her grass launching following a runner-up effort in the Suncoast on Feb. 6. Be Sneaky, an Into Mischief bay, runs out the Big Brown mare Bella Castani who won the 2013 Tweedside on the Belmont grass.
Four-time Eclipse Award winning fitness instructor Chad Brown will saddle Domain Know-how, fresh off a 3rd in the Grade 3 Sweetest Chant at Gulfstream Park; while Graham Movement will send a set of unbeaten competitors in Mia Martina and Oyster Box, a royally-bred child of Tapit out of the several graded stakes-winning Dynaformer mare Starformer.
Kentucky Derby points will be on the line in the penultimate leg, the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham [Race 9, 5:07 p.m.] at a one-turn mile offering 50-20-10-5 indicate the top-four finishers. Brown will send a strong duo for Klaravich Stables in last-out Nyquist champ Extremely Determined and outstanding first winner Crowded Trade. West Coast-based carriers consist of Liberty Fighter, runner-up last out in the Grade 2 San Vicente at Santa Anita for Hall of Popularity fitness instructor Bob Baffert; and Clean the Slate, a first winner who will get rid of blinkers and cut down in range while seeking to apologize for an off-the-board effort last out in the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita for fitness instructor Doug O’Neill.
Closing out the series is the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby [Race 11, 5:25 p.m.], which drew a field of 12 to object to 1 1/16- miles with 50-20-10-5 Kentucky Derby certifying points on the line.
The Mott-trained Sweet Guy Rocket will want to construct on an excellent one-length rating last out in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis on Feb. 6 at Tampa Bay Downs versus returning competitors Hidden Stash [third] and Boca Young Boy[fourth] Hall of Popularity fitness instructor Mark Casse will saddle unbeaten Helium, last out winner of the Show in October at Woodbine for his two-turn and dirt launching.
The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is 50 cents. Betting on the Cross Nation Select 5 is likewise readily available on ADW platforms and at simulcast centers throughout the nation. Weekly will include a necessary payment of the net swimming pool. The Cross Nation Select 5 will continue each Saturday throughout the year. For more details, check out NYRABets.com.
Cross Nation Select 5– Saturday, March 6:
Leg A: Tampa Bay Downs-Race 9, G3 Hillsborough (4:25 pm)
Leg B: Aqueduct-Race 8, Heavenly Reward Invitational (4:36 pm)
Leg C: Tampa Bay Downs-Race 10, G3 Florida Oaks (4:55 pm)
Leg D: Aqueduct-Race 9, G3 Gotham (5:07 pm)
Leg E: Tampa Bay Downs-Race 11, G2 Tampa Bay Derby (5:25 pm)
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