Royal Ascot: Jet Setting aims to pay back £1.3 million

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It’s Friday at Royal Ascot. Two remaining days and then we’ll have our mornings back. Tepin Tuesday. Lady Aurelia Wednesday. Thursday, well, Thursday, belonged to Ryan Moore who doubled on Order Of St George and Even Song and Alan King who won his first race at Royal Ascot with Primitivo. American-breds have won four. And counting…

Race 1. 9:30 a.m. The Albany Stakes. 2-year-old fillies. Group 3. 6 furlongs. $117,500.

American-bred daughters of War Front, Stay Thirsty, Oasis Dream and Distorted Humor clash in the opener. Wesley Ward seeks another Royal Ascot win, St Elias Stable’s Create A Dream, a daughter of Oasis Dream, won at Ascot in April. Frankie Dettori takes over for Jose Valdivia. And, better yet, stop and take a good, long look at Queen Kindly, a daughter of the undefeated Frankel.

The Picks: Queen Kindly, Create A Dream, Cuff.

Race 2. 10:05. The King Edward VII Stakes. 3-year-olds. Group 2. 1 ½ miles. $317,000.

If you have a good horse, there’s a race for you at Royal Ascot. Three-year-old colts and geldings (only) clash at a mile and a half in this Group 2. Across The Stars tried the Derby, he drops down a peg for Frankie Dettori and Sir Michael Stoute. Beacon Rock tries to add another stone to Coolmore’s wall. Choreographer tried the Dante in his second start, Roger Varian freshened him for this. And then there’s Humphrey Bogart, the name just makes you want to root for him.

The Picks: Choreographer, Beacon Rock, Linguistic.

Race 3. 10:40. The Commonwealth Cup. 3-year-olds. Group 1. 6 furlongs. $632,000.

Another Group 1 stakes comes your way. You have to love Coolmore’s names, Washington DC (no periods) wins every other start and lost his most recent start. Waterloo Bridge finished 5 lengths behind Nyquist at the Breeders’ Cup. Illuminate finished 2 1/2 lengths behind Catch A Glimpse at the Breeders’ Cup. Our old friend, Dougie Costello, who rode Royal Bonsai and Apse at Far Hills a few years ago, has a chance here, a big chance, on Quiet Reflection. The filly has won four in a row and five of six.

The Picks: Quiet Reflection, Cheikeljack, Washington DC.

Race 4. 11:20. The Coronation Stakes. 3-year-old fillies. Group 1. 1 mile. $588,000.

Alice Springs has raced in Ireland, Britain and France since finishing second behind Catch A Glimpse at the Breeders’ Cup. Jet Setting fetched £1.3 million at the London Sale Monday. Nemoralia is the best 3-year-old filly in the world, but she might struggle on the ground.

The Picks: Jet Setting, Nemoralia, Fireglow.

Race 5. 12:00. The Duke of Endinburgh Stakes. Handicap. 1 ½-miles. $117,500.

Ratings? Here’s a handicap for horses rated 0-105. Some have tried the best, others are strictly handicappers, some, like Ivan Grozny, have tried hurdles.

The Picks: Rare Rhythm, Ivan Grozny, King’s Fete.

Race 6. 12:35. The Queen’s Vase. Listed stakes. 3-year-olds. 2 miles. $132,500.

The finale. Three-year-olds stretch to 2 miles.

The Picks: Ebediyin, Opposition, The Tartan Spartan.