Classy Cal-breds collide in Derby, Oaks at Santa Anita

The California Cup Derby and California Cup Oaks will be contested this holiday Monday at Santa Anita. The Derby drew just five but features GALILEAN, while the Oaks attracted nine. Without further ado, let’s dig into these co-featured events at “The Great Race Place.” Santa Anita Race 4 (Post time: 5:04 p.m. Eastern) The $200,000…

Jersey Agenda is a breakout candidate in Southwest Stakes

Oaklawn Park’s Presidents Day feature is the Grade III, $500,000 Southwest Stakes, which lured 11 three-year-olds. The second milestone on Arkansas’ road to the Kentucky Derby is worth 10 Derby points to the winner. The 1 1/16th-mile Southwest, the ninth of 10 races on the day at Oaklawn, goes postward at 6:09 p.m. EST. #5…

War of Will the one to catch in Risen Star

The Grade II, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes, the first Kentucky Derby prep worth 50 points to the winner this year, takes place on Saturday at the Fair Grounds. Going as the finale on a 12-race program, the 1 1/16th-mile heat is scheduled for 7:02 p.m. EST. A field of 14 is expected to compete, with…

Rymska should roll to Suwannee River score

The Grade III, $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes is the richest race on tap for Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/8-mile grass event for older fillies and mares drew a field of eight, including heavily-favored RYMSKA. Owing to her presence, Gulfstream officials decided to card the Suwannee River as the sixth of 12 races. Approximate…

Still Dreaming seeks Sam F. Davis upset

The Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Downs’ local prep for next month’s Tampa Bay Derby, drew a field of 10 in search of vital Kentucky Derby points. A total of 17 are at stake, with 10 being awarded to the winner. The 1 1/16th-mile Sam F. Davis will go as the…

Maximus Mischief, Mihos matchup highlights Holy Bull

The Grade II, $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes is the feature event this Saturday at Gulfstream Park. A field of 10 three-year-olds will line up for this 1 1/16th-mile test in pursuit of precious Kentucky Derby points (10 to the winner down to one point for fourth). Post time for the Holy Bull, Race 11 of…

Nolo Contesto holds value in Robert B. Lewis

The Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes anchors the action at Santa Anita this Saturday. A potentially sloppy track could throw a wrench into the works, but with little wet-track form to go on, handicappers shouldn’t worry about having to dramatically alter their strategy. Post time for the 1 1/16th-mile Robert B. Lewis, the…

Moretti is most appealing in Withers

Aqueduct’s road to the Kentucky Derby continues on Saturday with the Grade III, $250,000 Withers Stakes. The 1 1/8-mile challenge drew a field of seven in search of valuable Kentucky Derby points. The Withers will be run as Race 9 of 10 on the day, with post time scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EST. Be sure…