Big Drama heads a fantastic field of fast sprinters set to contest six furlongs in Saturday's Grade 1, $350,000 Vosburgh Invitational, unquestionably the most competitive of the six graded stakes races to be run at Belmont Park.
Winner of the 2009 Arlington Million and runner-up the last year, Gio Ponti drew post 5 and was listed as the 2-1 second choice. Cape Blanco, winner of the July 9 Man o' War, was pegged as the 9-5 choice at the post position draw Tuesday, Aug. 9.
Tizway and Flat Out, the one-two finishers from Saturday's Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap at Saratoga, will likely renew acquaintances in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational at Belmont Park on Oct. 1.
While Shackleford and Ruler On Ice battle for divisional supremacy in Sunday's Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, seven lesser accomplished but not necessarily inferior 3-year-olds will clash in Saturday's $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga.
After a couple of close calls and tough trips in her first four North American starts splitting horses in deep stretch and earning a hard-fought head victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park.
With several horses aimed at the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Stable wanted to run Girolamo in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational at Belmont Park to see if they had a contender for the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
The Flower Bowl is traditionally a spot for a European-based filly or mare to come to North America and strut her stuff. This year's lone overseas representative didn't come from Europe, but rather Japan.
With the possible exception of Winchester, the older North American turf males entered in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park have been a bit of an inconsistent and uninspiring group.