Las Vegas, NV - Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania will play host to the Grade 3 Greenwood Cup Stakes on Labor Day Monday, September 7. Horses three years old and upward will be featured when they take to Parx's dirt track and race 1 ½ miles for a purse of $200,000.
Eight older entries will contest the Greenwood Cup- race 8 on Parx's Holiday Monday schedule. Post time is 4:04 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all eight combatants for this Grade 3 stakes.
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2015 Greenwood Cup Stakes Race Favorite Entries
Turco Bravo 5-2 - Chilean bred Gary Contessa trained gelding has 11 wins, 14 seconds and five third place finishes in 43 career starts and has a win, three seconds and two third place finishes in 10 US starts. He made his graded stakes debut in April and finished fifth in the Grade 3 Excelsior Stakes at Aqueduct and followed that with a seventh in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational in June. He enters off a second in the minor Birdstone Stakes at Saratoga August 12 which followed a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming in July. Turco Bravo also had a nice win in the minor Stymie Stakes March 22 after a third in the minor Evening Attire Stakes in February and consecutive seconds - the minor Jazil Stakes January 19 and the minor Native Dancer January 3. Turco Bravo has been decent against lesser competition but has struggled in top company so far. Kendrick Carmouche has been tabbed with changing all of that from the rail as the tepid morning line favorite.
For Greater Glory 7-2 - won an Allowance Optional Claiming at Oaklawn Park in March and has raced three straight graded stakes races since. He enters off a sixth in the Grade 3 Stars and Stripes Stakes at Arlington July 11 which followed a good second in the Grade 3 Louisville Handicap in May and a seventh in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap in April. He has just four wins in 23 career starts to go along with five seconds and six third place finishes. For Greater Glory tries for his first stakes score Monday from post 5 with Joe Rocco in the reins of the morning line second choice.
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Majestic Harbor 4-1 - won a couple of Allowance races in April to snap a string of six races in which he failed to place including a thirteenth in the Breeders' Cup Classic and eighth place finishes in both the Grade 2 San Pasqual and the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes. He did look good in 2014 however posted wins in the Grade 3 Tokyo City Cup and the Grade 1 Gold Cup and Santa Anita but hasn't been the same since. Majestic Harbor enters off a third place finish in the minor West Virginia Governor's Stakes at Mountaineer August 1, a fourth in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap in June and a ninth in the Grade 3 Louisville Handicap in May. He has shown form in the past but certainly hasn't been great lately. He will be after his first win in 15 months Monday from Gate 6 with Corey Lanerie guiding him at 4-1 odds.
Neck `n Neck 5-1 - Ian Wilkes trainee has five wins, four seconds and five third place finishes in 27 career starts. He was at his best in late 2012 when he won the Grade 2 Indiana Derby and the Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap - his last two victories. Neck `n Neck enters off a third place finish in the minor Alydar Stakes at Saratoga August 9, a fourth in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap in July and a fifth in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational in June. Before that was an OK third in the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes in May and a decent second in the Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes in April. He has placed in five of his last seven starts overall and looks OK ahead of this weekend. He tries for his first win in nearly three years from post 3 with Paco Lopez in the irons.
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Our Caravan 6-1 - Michael Dilger trained gelding has three wins, a second and two third place finishes in 10 career starts but has failed to place in four graded stakes tries. He enters off a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming July 31, a win in a similar race July 1 and a second and a third respectively in a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming in December. Before that was a fourth in the Grade 3 Discovery Handicap in November and a sixth in the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes in May, 2014. Our Caravan has been good against lesser company this year and looks for a breakthrough in graded stakes company - from gate 4 with Alex Cintron guiding him.
Waynesborough 12-1 - Keith Nations trained gelding makes his graded stakes debut Monday after 27 career starts produced six wins, six seconds and five third place finishes. Last time out was a sixth in the minor Robellino Stakes at Penn National August 22 after an Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track and an eighth and a second in a pair of Allowance races earlier on in the summer. He has a win and a second place finish in his last two starts on this track but looks as though he could be in over his head Monday. Erilius Vazhas been tabbed to ride from post 7.
Indian Jones 12-1 - has 47 career starts for trainer Angel Montoya with six wins, seven seconds and 13 third place finishes. He finished second in this race in 2013 but hasn't been great since. Indian Jones has placed in just one of his last six starts over the past year - that being a runner-up finish in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track in July. He looks from a breakthrough and for his first win since July, 2013 when he departs from gate 2 with Angel Castillo guiding him.
Desvelo 15-1 - Argentenian bred Kelly Rubley trained gelding has just four wins, three seconds and four third place finishes in 24 career starts and has failed to place in two graded stakes tries. He arrives off an OK third in the minor Birdstone Stakes at Saratoga August 12, an Allowance score at Delaware Park in June and a fifth and a sixth respectively in a pair of Allowance races in the spring. His last graded stakes action came in March - a seventh in the Grade 2 Pan American Stakes at Gulfstream. Desvelo looks for his first stakes win Saturday from the outside post 8 with Angel Serpa in the saddle of the longest shot in the field.
2015 Greenwood Cup Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 8 on Parx Racing's Monday card with a Post Time of 4:04 PM.
|1||Turco Bravo (CHI)||K. Carmouche||G. Contessa|
|2||Indian Jones||A. Castillo||M. Montoya|
|3||Neck 'n Neck||P. Lopez||I. Wilkes|
|4||Our Caravan||A. Cintron||M. Dilger|
|5||For Greater Glory||J. Rocco, Jr.||S. Hobby|
|6||Majestic Harbor||C. Lanerie||P. McGee|
|7||Waynesborough||E. Vaz||K. Nations|
|8||Desvelo (ARG)||A. Serpa||K. Rubley|