Horse Racing

West Coast and Irap hope a win in the Pennsylvania Derby could lead to an Eclipse Award

West Coast and Irap hope a win in the Pennsylvania Derby could lead to an Eclipse Award

West Coast ships east for the second time in four weeks, hoping to enhance his credentials in a wide-open race for the Eclipse Award as the nation’s leading 3-year-old male horse.

The latest rising star produced by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will aim for his fifth consecutive victory in the $1-million Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa.

West Coast will break from post four for regular rider Mike Smith in the 1 1/8-mile race. He is a robust 8-5 morning-line favorite in this newly minted Grade 1 stakes. It comes after his front-running 3 1/4-length win in the Aug. 26 Travers at Saratoga Race Course.

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