Raymundo’s Secret looms large in Goldikova

The Grade II, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes anchors the closing Sunday card at Santa Anita. Going as Race 9 of 11, the Goldikova attracted seven veteran turf fillies and mares. Estimated post time for this one-mile heat on the lawn is 7:30 p.m. ET. #3 RAYMUNDO’S SECRET (9-5) is a perfect 2-for-2 this year and could…

Empire Classic highlights state-bred Saturday program at Belmont

The $175,000 Empire Classic anchors Saturday’s Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park. We’ll cover the main event of the day, along with an undercard race, below. Belmont Race 6 (Post time: 2:53 p.m. ET) The $175,000 Empire Distaff 1 1/16th-miles on dirt #2 RATAJKOWSKI (2-1, morning-line favorite) should defend her Empire Distaff title despite exiting…

Hill Prince, Twilight Derby put sophomore turfers in Sunday spotlight

Belmont’s Hill Prince Stakes and Santa Anita’s Twilight Derby will put three-year-old turfers to the test this Sunday. We’ll go over the particulars for each race and make our selections below. Belmont Race 9 (Post time: 4:47 p.m. ET) The Grade II, $150,000 Hill Prince Stakes One mile on turf #3 DECORATED INVADER (EVEN, morning-line…

Reagan’s Edge, Secret Keeper intrigue in Raven Run

The Grade II, $200,000 Raven Run Stakes is the Saturday feature at Lexington, Kentucky’s Keeneland racecourse. A field of 10 three-year-old fillies, many with Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint aspirations, will go seven furlongs on the main track in this one. Post time for the Raven Run, the featured ninth on a 10-race Saturday…

Hendy Woods among intriguing cast for QEII Challenge Cup

The Grade I, $500,000 QEII Challenge Cup is Saturday’s spotlight race at Keeneland racecourse in Lexington, KY. Nine three-year-old fillies will slug it out over 1 1/8-miles on the grass in this one, including former Grade I winners MAGIC ATTITUDE and RED LARK. Post time for the QEII Challenge Cup, Race 9 on a 10-race…

Happy Saver can topple Tacitus in Jockey Club Gold Cup

The Grade I, $250,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup, the annual centerpiece of Belmont’s fall meet, is set for Saturday. A field of five will go the classic 1 1/4-mile distance on the main oval in this one. Topping the entries are undefeated three-year-old HAPPY SAVER and four-year-old TACITUS, a winner of nearly $3 million. Post…

Art Collector should outgame Authentic in Preakness

The Grade I, $1 million Preakness Stakes, the third and final jewel of the 2020 Triple Crown, is set for Saturday at Pimlico. A field of 11, including Kentucky Derby winner AUTHENTIC, will contest this 1 3/16th-mile affair. Post time for the Preakness, the 11th of 12 races on an all-stakes program at Pimlico, is…

Black-Eyed Susan highlights Preakness undercard

Pimlico has an all-stakes program going on Saturday, Preakness Stakes Day. We’ll take a look at two of the undercard events below, including the corresponding event for three-year-old fillies, the Grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Pimlico Race 8 (Post time: 3:22 p.m. ET) The $150,000 Laurel Futurity Stakes 1/16th-miles on turf #2 NO ONE TO…

Awesome Again anchors Saturday action at Santa Anita

The Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes is the Saturday feature at Santa Anita on a card that contains five “Win and You’re In” races for the Breeders’ Cup. Let’s take a look at two of those races here. Santa Anita Race 7 (Post time: 6:41 p.m. ET) The Grade I, $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes…

Firenze Fire could deliver vintage effort in Vosburgh

The Grade II, $150,000 Vosburgh Stakes is the Saturday feature at Belmont Park. The six-furlong sprint, carrying “Win and You’re In” status for November’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint, drew an accomplished field of six. Post time for the Vosburgh, Race 9 on a 10-race card, is 5:14 p.m. ET. #5 FIRENZE FIRE (7-2) could get overlooked…