Can California Chrome be ‘Awesome Again’?

Santa Anita plays host to a slew of graded stakes this Saturday; chief among them the Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes for Breeders’ Cup Classic-minded competitors. They’ll go a mile and an eighth for the program’s seventh race; post time is 6:30 p.m. EST. This will be CALIFORNIA CHROME’s final tune-up before a presumptive…

Seven distaffers to do battle in the Beldame

Belmont Park is the site for the Grade I, $400,000 Beldame Stakes, which takes place this Saturday. Seven fillies and mares will go postward at approximately 5:45 p.m. EST for the 10th race of the day. The Breeders’ Cup Distaff is the logical next target for the winner and like the Distaff, the Beldame distance…

Jockey Spotlight: Corey Lanerie

Corey Lanerie may not have Triple Crown or Breeders’ Cup trophies on his shelf, but he’s been one of the nation’s most consistent riders for the last two decades. Since 1994, Lanerie has won at least 100 races a year and has won numerous riding titles at Lone Star, Sam Houston, Keeneland and Ellis Park…

Nyquist, Exaggerator to renew rivalry in Pennsylvania Derby

The Grade II, $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby is the feature event at Parx Racing on Saturday, and it drew a star-studded field of 12. Leading the way are Kentucky Derby winner NYQUIST and Preakness Stakes winner EXAGGERATOR, who will square off for the sixth time in their respective careers (NYQUIST holds a 3-2 advantage). They’ll…

Songbird the class of the Cotillion

Six three-year-old fillies will line up at the gate at Parx for the $1 million Grade I Cotillion Stakes on Saturday afternoon. SONGBIRD is the main attraction and the presumptive favorite, but she could get a stern test before moving on to the Breeders’ Cup in November. Post time for the Cotillion, which is Race…

Jockey Spotlight: Florent Geroux

To watch Florent Geroux give seemingly perfect ride after perfect ride, one would believe horsemen were drawn to his innate ability almost immediately. But it’s been a tumultuous journey to the top for the 30-year-old Frenchman. When Geroux, then the leading apprentice in France, came to the states in 2007 he planned to ride the…

Tepin eyes eighth straight win in Woodbine Mile

The Grade I Woodbine Mile highlights the Saturday card at Woodbine in Toronto, Canada. The magnificent mare TEPIN will draw most of the attention, but she’ll have to fend off seven classy male competitors, including British shipper MUTAKAYYEF. Post time for the Woodbine Mile, the 12th race on the program, is estimated at 6:39 p.m….

Diamond Fields should shine in Sands Point Stakes

Three-year-old fillies take center stage at Belmont Park this Saturday in the Grade II Sands Point Stakes. A strong field of seven will go 1 1/8 miles on the inner turf course for the ninth race of the day, and the approximate post time is 5:45 p.m. EST. This event offers the most points toward…

Jockey Spotlight: Robby Albarado

Robby Albarado has experienced the highs and lows of horse racing multiple times; the 26-year veteran jockey has won several Breeders’ Cup races in addition to the 2007 Preakness Stakes, and has placed numerous times in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. But he’s also suffered a bevy of serious injuries, including one that forced…

Da Big Hoss holds big edge in Kentucky Turf Cup

The 1 1/2 mile Kentucky Turf Cup, a Grade III event worth $600,000, is the feature race at Kentucky Downs this Saturday. Nine turfers will line up for the ninth race on the program at approximately 6:39 p.m. EST. Several high-profile riders will be at Kentucky Downs on Saturday, so there will be plenty on…