Sedamar should get favorable setup in Buena Vista

The Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes is the Saturday feature at Santa Anita. The one-mile turf clash for older fillies and mares drew a well-matched field of 10. That includes consecutive Grade III victress #2 MUCHO UNUSUAL. Post time for the Buena Vista, the seventh of nine races on the day at Santa Anita,…

Horse racing news, notes, & stakes previews for 2/17/21

Let’s recap the horse racing headlines from last weekend and preview what’s to come in the week ahead. MANDALOUN raises Derby stock in Risen Star Sent off as the 2-1 favorite despite running a dull third in the Lecomte Stakes last month, MANDALOUN rewarded his backers with a 1 1/4-length score in the Risen Star,…

Carillo can post major upset in Risen Star

The Grade II, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes puts three-year-olds in the Saturday spotlight at the Fair Grounds. The 1 1/8-mile heat, which is the first 85-point race (50-20-10-5) toward the Kentucky Derby, drew a field of 13. That includes Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes winner KEEPMEINMIND. Post time for the Risen Star, the finale…

Qahira gets the call in wide-open Santa Monica

The Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes anchors the Saturday action at Santa Anita. A field of 11 well-matched fillies and mares will test their mettle over seven furlongs on the main oval. Post time for the Santa Monica, Race 8 on a nine-race program, is 7:20 p.m. ET. #5 QAHIRA (4-1) is a horse…

Horse racing news, notes, & stakes previews, 2/10/21

Let’s recap the horse racing headlines from last weekend and preview what’s to come in the week ahead. RISK TAKING wins Withers like sure thing RISK TAKING, confidently handled throughout by Eric Cancel, swooped on the leaders three-wide in the stretch to win Aqueduct’s Withers Stakes by a convincing 3 3/4-lengths. The Chad Brown trainee…

Known Agenda a tepid top choice in Sam F. Davis

The Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis puts sophomores in the Saturday spotlight at Tampa Bay Downs. The 17-point Kentucky Derby prep race (10-4-2-1 format) pits a field of 11 at 1 1/16th-miles on the main oval. Estimated post time for the Sam F. Davis – the 11th of 12 on the day at the…

Capo Kane seeks another stakes win in Withers

The Grade III, $250,000 Withers Stakes is Saturday’s feature at Aqueduct as New York’s road to the Kentucky Derby continues. Offering 17 points toward the “Run for the Roses,” (10-4-2-1 format), the Withers lured a field of nine, including Jerome Stakes (Aqueduct’s first 17-point Derby prep) winner CAPO KANE. Post time for the 1 1/8-mile…

Horse racing news, notes, & stakes previews for 2/3/21

Let’s recap the horse racing headlines from last weekend and preview what’s to come in the week ahead. GREATEST HONOUR, MEDINA SPIRIT impress in latest Derby preps GREATEST HONOUR closed like a shot to win the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream last Saturday under Jose Ortiz. The 5 3/4-length winning margin was quite…

Prime Factor can make the grade in Holy Bull

The Grade III, $200,000 Holy Bull Stakes is the Saturday feature at Gulfstream Park. A 17-point race (10-4-2-1 format) for the Kentucky Derby, this 1 1/16th-mile heat drew a field of nine. That includes Todd Pletcher’s impressive debut winner PRIME FACTOR. Post time for the Holy Bull, the 11th of 12 races at Gulfstream this…

Houston Ladies Classic looks ripe for an upset

The Grade III, $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic, Sam Houston’s annual centerpiece event, is set for Sunday. A field of seven will do battle over 1 1/16th-miles on the main oval, including Grade III Rampart winner LETRUSKA. Post time for the Houston Ladies Classic, Race 8 of 10 on the day, is 6:32 p.m. ET. #7…