Horse racing news, notes, & stakes previews for 1/20/21

Let’s recap the horse racing headlines from last weekend and preview what’s to come in the week ahead. MIDNIGHT BOURBON surprises in Lecomte Most of the betting attention went to MANDALOUN (4-5), but MIDNIGHT BOURBON (7-2) and Joe Talamo took the lead and never looked back in Saturday’s Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds, earning…

Mandaloun hard to look past in Lecomte

The Grade III, $200,000 Lecomte Stakes kicks off Louisiana’s road to the Kentucky Derby at the Fair Grounds this Saturday. Offering a total of 17 Derby points (10-4-2-1 from first to fourth), the 1 1/16th-mile Lecomte attracted 11 three-year-old runners. Post time for the Lecomte, the 13th and final on the Saturday program at the…

Horse racing news, notes, & stakes previews, 1/13/21

Let’s recap the horse racing headlines from last weekend and preview what’s to come in the week ahead. SANENUS, CHARMAINE’S MIA provide stakes stunners at Santa Anita SANENUS and Umberto Rispoli took advantage of a fast pace in the Grade III La Cañada to win going away after sitting third early on. It was the…

Ride a Comet should take Tropical Turf

The Grade III, $100,000 Tropical Turf Stakes is the centerpiece on Saturday’s 11-race program at Gulfstream Park. A field of nine will try their luck on the lawn in this one-mile event. That includes ANALYZE IT, twice a Grade III winner and nearly a two-time Grade I champion in 2018. Post time for the Tropical…

Horse racing news, notes, & stakes previews for 1/7/21

Let’s recap the horse racing headlines from last weekend and preview what’s to come in the week ahead. CAPO KANE, MUTASAABEQ, LIFE IS GOOD win first three Derby preps of 2021 Aqueduct’s road to the Kentucky Derby began on Friday with the $100,000 Jerome Stakes. CAPO KANE splashed home to a 6 1/4-length victory at…

Count Again should take San Gabriel

The Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes anchors Saturday’s action at Santa Anita. The 1 1/8-mile turf heat drew a field of seven, including former Grade I winners NEXT SHARES and BOWIES HERO. Post time for the San Gabriel, Race 7 of nine on the program, is 6:30 p.m. ET. #5 COUNT AGAIN (2-1, morning-line…

Nashville can make the grade in Malibu

The Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes once again anchors Opening Day at Santa Anita. Going as Race 10 of 11 on Saturday at “The Great Race Place,” the Malibu drew six sensational three-year-old sprinters. That includes NASHVILLE, who set the track record for six furlongs at Keeneland last time out. The seven-furlong Malibu carries an…

Red Flag should find winner’s circle in Los Alamitos Futurity

The Grade II, $200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity anchors a 10-race card at Los Alamitos this Saturday. Going as the fourth race, the Los Alamitos Futurity drew a field of six two-year-olds looking to make their mark early on the Kentucky Derby trail. Post time for the Los Alamitos Futurity is 4:28 p.m. ET. #1 RED…

Largent a live longshot in Ft. Lauderdale

The Grade II, $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes anchors an 11-race Saturday card at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/8-mile turf affair drew a field of 10, led by a pair of Breeders’ Cup class-droppers in FACTOR THIS and HALLADAY. Post time for the Ft. Lauderdale, Race 10 on the day at Gulfstream, is 4:40 p.m. ET….

Performer should put on a show in Cigar Mile

The Grade I, $250,000 Cigar Mile, the centerpiece race of Aqueduct’s autumn meet, anchors Saturday’s thoroughbred action. The Cigar drew a field of nine, led by highly-regarded prospect PERFORMER, and Tampa Bay Derby winner KING GUILLERMO. Post time for the Cigar Mile, the finale on a 10-race program, is 4:13 p.m. ET. #1 PERFORMER (7-5,…