Tom’s d’Etat seeks fourth straight stakes score in Stephen Foster

The Grade II, $500,000 Stephen Foster Stakes highlights the closing Saturday card at Churchill Downs. A field of eight, including top-flight handicap horses TOM’S D’ETAT and BY MY STANDARDS, will contest this 1 1/8-mile race. Post time for the Stephen Foster, Race 10 on an 11-race program, is 5:47 p.m. ET. The winner will receive…

Uni looks best in Just A Game

The Grade I, $250,000 Just A Game Stakes anchors Saturday’s action at Belmont Park. The one-mile grass event for fillies and mares drew a solid field of seven. Post time for the Just A Game, Race 10 on an 11-race program that features three additional graded stakes, is 6:08 p.m. ET. #6 UNI (7-5, morning-line…

Lebda, Rowdy Yates tough to split in Ohio Derby

Thistledown’s annual centerpiece race, the Grade III, $500,000 Ohio Derby, takes place this Saturday. A field of 14 will crowd the gate for this 1 1/8-mile affair on the main course. Post time for the Ohio Derby, Race 8 of nine on the day, is 4:22 p.m. ET. #4 LEBDA (7-2) has shown improvement at…

Tiz the Law looks much the best in Belmont Stakes

The 152nd running of the Grade I, $1 million Belmont Stakes takes place at Belmont Park this Saturday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the spectator-less race will be run as the first leg of the 2020 Triple Crown. Additionally, the “Test of the Champion” will be just 1 1/8-miles long, in stark contrast to the…

Graded turf events highlight Belmont Stakes undercard

In addition to the 152nd edition of the Grade I, $1 million Belmont Stakes, there are five stakes races at Belmont Park to consider. Let’s review a pair of them below. Belmont Race 4 (Post time: 1:42 p.m. Eastern) The Grade II, $150,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes One mile on turf #1 DECORATED INVADER (6-5, morning-line…

Apreciado worth long look in Louisville

The Grade III, $100,000 Louisville Stakes will be renewed at Churchill Downs this Saturday. A field of 12 will be tasked with a 1 1/2-mile journey on the turf in this one. Post time for the Louisville, the finale on an 11-race program, is 6:22 p.m. ET. #3 APRECIADO (12-1) looms a potential upset candidate…

Golden Award out for Grade I glory in Ogden Phipps

The Grade I, $300,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes is the feature at Belmont Park this Saturday. The 1 1/16th-mile distaff event drew a field of six, led by California invader #5 OLLIE’S CANDY (8-5, morning-line favorite). Post time for the Ogden Phipps, Race 9 of 10 on the day, is 5:36 p.m. ET. #6 GOLDEN AWARD…

Hollywood Gold Cup highlights Santa Anita Derby undercard

In addition to the Santa Anita Derby, there are six other stakes races taking place at Santa Anita this Saturday. That includes the other Grade I on the program, the Hollywood Gold Cup. We previewed a pair of these races below. Santa Anita Race 7 (Post time: 6:34 p.m. ET) The $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes…

Authentic looks solid in Santa Anita Derby

The Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Derby takes place at Santa Anita Park this Saturday. The delayed Kentucky Derby prep offers 170 points (100-40-20-10 format) toward the “Run for the Roses,” re-scheduled for Sept. 5. Seven three-year-olds will do battle over 1 1/8-miles in the Santa Anita Derby, the eighth of 11 races on a…

Vekoma can capture Carter Handicap

The Grade I, $250,000 Carter Handicap puts sprinters in the spotlight this Saturday at Belmont Park. The seven-furlong affair, Race 9 on an 11-race program, lured 11 talented runners to the gate. Post time for the prestigious Carter Handicap is 5:36 p.m. ET. #11 VEKOMA (7-2) aced his comeback race in the seven-furlong Sir Shackleton…