June 22: Janelle Monáe
Looked weak in the field on American Idol. A longshot 25-1
July 2-4: July 4th Fireworks Spectacular With Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell
Still plucky at his age on the PBS pledge drive special. 10-1
July 22 & 24: Beethoven's Triple Concerto & Symphony #5
Crushed a somewhat weak Boston field with a conductor who knows his way around that track. 4-1
July 27: Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana, and a concert performance of Pagliacci
Game as they come and never runs a bad race. On the other hand... clowns. 45-1
August 14: Yo-Yo Ma plays Elgar's Cello Concerto
His fourth-place finish in the Brahms Cello Sonata #1 jeopardizes his chances, but he’s dangerous on breeding alone. 8-1
August 15-16: Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks
Was able to fight off challengers in the Gotham at Aqueduct to stay perfect. 3-1
August 26 & 28: Beethoven Emperor Piano Concerto, and Mussorgsky/Stowkowski's Night on Bald Mountain and Pictures at an Exhibition
The favorite at even odds.
August 29-30: John Williams
August 31: The Big Picture: Hitchcock
There's a fantastic rivalry between these Hollywood stablemates. Both at 4-1.
September 9: The Planets (with NASA/JPL imagery) & US premiere of Concerto for Drum Kit and Orchestra
Not sure he’s battle-tested enough. 20-1
September 11: Beethoven's Ninth
Seasoned and fast. 5-1
September 12-14: Fireworks Finale / Simpsons' 25th Anniversary
Finished a game third in San Francisco. Also watch out for his stablemate Santa's Little Helper.
Also running: Grease singalong, Sound of Music singalong, Gloria Estefan, Gladys Knight with Kool and the Gang, Herbie Hancock, Pixies, Peter Frampton, The Four Seasons, Elvis Costello...