Curvy (dark blue) is joined by Mutatis Mutandis in the Flower BowlPICTURE: Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/photos)
Royal Ascot heroine Curvy tackles Grade 1
Preview: USA, Saturday 8.08pm BST (live on ATR)
Belmont Park: Flower Bowl Invitational (Grade 1) 1m2f, turf, 3yo+f/m
RIBBLESDALE Stakes winner Curvy (David Wachman/Wayne Lordan) is joined by Mutatis Mutandis (Ed Walker/John Velazquez) in the Flower Bowl, one of four Grade 1s on the Super Saturday card of Breeders' Cup trials at Belmont Park.
This $500,000 contest has been won just once by visitors in the last decade thanks to the Roger Varian-trained Nahrain three years ago.
Curvy, the only three-year-old in the field, demands consideration in this company after making the frame in European Group 1s on her last two starts. With rain forecast - Hurricane Joaquin is in the vicinity - she also has form with give, although her Royal Ascot win came on faster ground.
A winner at Windsor and Nottingham this season, Mutatis Mutandis was beaten only three lengths when sixth behind Diamondsandrubies in the Irish Pretty Polly Stakes.
The home team is dominated by top turf trainer Chad Brown, who saddles half the field with five runners headed by two of the horses involved in the controversial finish to the Beverly D Stakes that ended with the disqualification of Secret Gesture.
Last year's Flower Bowl winner Stephanie's Kitten (Chad Brown/Irad Ortiz) was impeded before passing the post in third place at Arlington, leaving the victory to fall to her rather fortunate stablemate Watsdachances (Chad Brown/Joe Bravo), who suffered no interference.
Tiz So Sweet and Rosalind are entered main track only, which means only if the race is taken off the grass owing to the weather.
Honor Code (right) makes his final start before the Breeders' Cup ClassicPICTURE: Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos
Also on Saturday
Belmont Park: Kelso Hcap (Grade 2) 1m, dirt, 3yo+ (7.33pm BST, live on ATR)
Whitney winner Honor Code (Shug McGaughey/Javier Castellano) cuts back a furlong to the distance of his Met Mile success for his final start before the Breeders' Cup Classic, for which he is generally on offer as third favourite with British bookmakers behind American Pharoah and Beholder.
Dubai star Tamarkuz (Kiaran McLaughlin/Irad Ortiz), making his third US start, gets a handy 6lb from the favourite.
Belmont Park: Frizette Stakes (Grade 1) 1m, dirt, 2yo fillies (8.43pm BST, live on ATR)
With the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in mind, Jeremy Noseda tests Nemoralia (Joel Rosario) on the dirt. The trainer reckons the surface will suit this useful daughter of More Than Ready, who won a 19-runner nursery at Doncaster last month after scoring on the all-weather at Kempton.
"Nemoralia's pedigree suggests she will be well suited to racing on the dirt and this looks a nice race for her with a view to running at the Breeders' Cup," said Noseda. "She worked the best she had ever done before she left."
Although Nickname (Steve Asmussen/Javier Castellano) offers the best speed figures from the home team, Saratoga winner Width (Christophe Clement/Jose Ortiz) is a lukewarm morning-line favourite.
Belmont Park: Champagne Stakes (Grade 1) 1m, dirt, 2yo (9.18pm BST, live on ATR)
New York's most prestigious two-year-old race in which Californian-trained Ralis (Doug O'Neill/Javier Castellano) bids to add to last month's victory in Saratoga's Hopeful Stakes. He beat front-running Magna Light (Rudy Rodriguez/Jose Ortiz) by nearly six lengths there.
Rafting (Graham Motion/Irad Ortiz), on first-time Lasix, could be a fly in the ointment.
Tonalist: goes for back-to-back successes in the Jockey Club Gold CupPICTURE: Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos
Belmont Park: Jockey Club Gold Cup (Grade 1) 1m2f, dirt, 3yo+ (10.28pm BST, live on ATR)
Away from the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup, this $1 million contest is one of the jewels of the US calendar and the feature race of Super Saturday.
While this is perhaps not the most compelling renewal in the history of the race, it does offer the chance for last year's Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist (Christophe Clement/John Velazquez) to complete back-to-back successes in this showpiece event.
The four-year-old has been posting swift workouts lately, and gets a 6lb pull with Effinex (Jimmy Jerkens/Junior Alvarado), who beat him by a head in the Suburban Handicap over course and distance in July.
A six-runner field also features Donn Handicap victor Constitution (Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano) plus Coach Inge (Todd Pletcher/Irad Ortiz) and Wicked Strong (Jimmy Jerkens/Joel Rosario), second and third in last month's Woodward behind Breeders' Cup hope Liam's Map.
Santa Anita: Santa Anita Sprint Championship (Grade 1) 6f, dirt, 3yo+ (Sun 12.30am BST)
Entering off a four-race winning streak, Gimme Da Lute (Bob Baffert/Martin Garcia), the only three-year-old in the field, cuts back to 6f as he tests his mettle against older horses for the first time as he bids to extend his winning streak to five.
A place in the Breeders' Cup Sprint is up for grabs in a race also featuring Grade 1 winners Masochistic (Ron Ellis/Tyler Baze) and Wild Dude (Jerry Hollendorfer/Rafae Bejarano).