Monday marks the 54th running of the Southwest Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park, the traditional prep for the Rebel Stakes (GII) in a month and also the Arkansas Derby (GI), which will be contested on April 13 this year. Though, so far through 53 previous years, only Smarty Jones in 2004 made it to the coveted Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby winner’s circle, a lot of other good horses have won the Southwest, some making the gate in Louisville on the first Saturday in May and some just going on to exceptional racing careers. The well-traveled and speedy New Mexico-based Bold
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The Rachel Alexandra Stakes (GII) for 3-year-old fillies was first contested in 1982 and originally named the Davona Dale Stakes after the champion filly and Hall of Famer Davona Dale, who raced in New Orleans in the late 1970s and won the Kentucky Oaks (GI), Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (GI) and Acorn Stakes (GI) for owner/breeder Calumet Farm and trainer John Veitch. In 2001, Fair Grounds renamed the race for another champion, the Mike Pegram-owned and Bob Baffert-trained Silverbulletday, who won the Davona Dale in 1999 en route to capturing the Kentucky Oaks and Black-Eyed Susan Stakes as well, and was
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Free handicapping reports for Aqueduct on Feb. 16, 2019. WIN FACTOR REPORT Uses criteria such as speed, form, class and fitness to assess the fair odds of the top four win contenders in each race. Saturday (2/16/19) Aqueduct PACE PROFILE REPORT My personal favorite, this report features par speed figures along with my unique speed rations and a bunch of other interesting stuff. Saturday (2/16/19) Aqueduct *** FREE Handicapping Reports for Pegasus World Cup Day Pegasus World Cup Day is Saturday at Gulfstream Park and the 12-race program is packed with exciting races, including, of course, the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational
A recent study found that 80 percent of high school students thought that they are smarter than the average student. In another study, 90 percent of drivers thought they were better than the average driver. In a 1977 study, Patricia C. Cross found that 94 percent of professors thought that they were above average when compared to others in academia. People overestimate their abilities in most walks of life. Handicapping is no different. There are things you can find out that you are inadequate in very quickly. For me, tennis is one such thing. When I was in high school,
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Saturday’s $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds drew a full field of sophomores, which isn’t much of a surprise since it’s the first North American Kentucky Derby (GI) prep race this year offering 50 points to the winner. Named for the much beloved Louisiana-based champion who went on to win the 1988 Preakness Stakes (GI) and Belmont Stakes (GI), the Risen Star is the required local prep to make Fair Grounds’ Louisiana Derby (GII) in five weeks. This year the race is sponsored by Lamarque Ford, which is interesting in that Lamarque Ford owner Ronnie Lamarque was also
It’s an enviable position to be in. Kenny McPeek has two graded stakes-winning colts that are moving along the Derby trail with just the right momentum. Signalman and Harvey Wallbanger have both made a strong impression, earning points toward being part of the field for the 145th Kentucky Derby, with the son of General Quarters having accumulated 12 points and the son of Congrats earning 10 for his victory in the Grade 2 Fasig-Tipton Holy Bull Stakes, Feb. 2. Both horses have demonstrated professionalism. “They’re different types,” said McPeek. “Harvey Wallbanger is a smaller type horse. He probably favors Distorted
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He was The Grey Ghost. The Horse of the Century. Across his racing career, he established no fewer than 14 world records. At age seven, he effectively partnered with a female to set two of those records. He was an incredible combination of beauty and power. And after he retired to a small Illinois farm, visitors from all 50 states and more than 30 countries around the world came to see the gelding over the next 25 years. In the rich history of harness racing, there has never been a trotter quite like Greyhound. He was born in March of
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Following are point totals for the top 20 horses on the Road to the May 4 Kentucky Derby (GI), with connections, auction history, career line and recent activity information. Updated weekly. List includes more than 20 horses if a tie exists between horses under the 20-number cutoff. (Updated 2/10/19) Game Winner – 30 points (Candy Ride—Indyan Giving, by A.P. Indy) Owned by: Gary and Mary West Trained by: Bob Baffert Ridden by: Joel Rosario Bred by: Summer Wind Equine (KY) $110,000 Keeneland September yearling Career: 4-4-0-0, $1,496,000 2018 Eclipse Award winner, 2-year-old colt – won Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI), American
The race just seemed to suit Well Defined’s running style. The Florida-bred son of With Distinction set the early pace and never looked back, drawing off to win the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) gate-to-wire, by a 2 ¾-length margin. The dark bay colt is owned by Stonehedge Farm, conditioned by Kathleen O’Connell and was ridden to victory by Pablo Morales. “He’s just a cool horse to ride,” said Morales. “He has a lot of speed, but long speed. I wasn’t too concerned with going to the front. I was just going to use his natural speed to get in
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Free handicapping reports for Santa Anita Park on Feb. 10, 2019. WIN FACTOR REPORT Uses criteria such as speed, form, class and fitness to assess the fair odds of the top four win contenders in each race. Sunday (2/10/19) Santa Anita Park PACE PROFILE REPORT My personal favorite, this report features par speed figures along with my unique speed rations and a bunch of other interesting stuff. Sunday (2/10/19) Santa Anita Park *** FREE Handicapping Reports for Pegasus World Cup Day Pegasus World Cup Day is Saturday at Gulfstream Park and the 12-race program is packed with exciting races, including, of course,