Jolie Olimpica stands out in Buena Vista

The Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes is the centerpiece race at Santa Anita this Saturday. The one-mile turf event for fillies and mares drew a full field of 12. Post time for the Buena Vista, Race 5 on a nine-race program, is 5:29 p.m. ET. #1 JOLIE OLIMPICA (8-5, morning-line favorite) dazzled in the…

Wells Bayou looks strong at square odds in Southwest

The Grade III, $750,000 Southwest Stakes is the feature at Oaklawn Park this Presidents’ Day. The 1/16th-mile heat for three-year-olds, which carries 17 points toward the Kentucky Derby (10-4-2-1 format), drew a field of nine. Post time for the Southwest, Race 9 of 10 on the day, is approximately 5:43 p.m. ET. #1 WELLS BAYOU…

Ready to Roll to upset victory in Risen Star? (Division I)

The Grade II, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes drew a total of 23 Kentucky Derby hopefuls, so the race was broken up into two divisions by Fair Grounds track management. We’ll discuss the first division of the local prep for the Louisiana Derby here. The 1 1/8-mile heat goes as Race 12 of 13 on Saturday,…

Firenze Fire should bring the heat in General George

The Grade III, $250,000 General George Stakes is the feature race at Laurel Park this Saturday. The seven-furlong affair drew a field of nine older sprinters, led by the classy FIRENZE FIRE. Post time for the General George, Race 8 on a nine-race program, is 3:49 p.m. ET. #6 FIRENZE FIRE (4-5, morning-line favorite) takes…

Independence Hall seeks fourth straight score in Sam F. Davis

The Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes is the Saturday feature at Tampa Bay Downs. The local prep for the Tampa Bay Derby, the Sam F. Davis drew a field of eight. The 1 1/16th-mile heat, Race 11 of 12 on the program, carries an approximate post time of 5:29 p.m. ET. #4 INDEPENDENCE…

Starship Jubilee, Magic Star square off in Suwannee River

The Grade III, $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes anchors Saturday’s action at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/8-mile turf event for fillies and mares drew a field of seven. Post time for the Suwannee River, Race 11 of a scheduled 12, is approximately 5:04 p.m. ET. #3 MAGIC STAR (5-2) beat a strong field in the Grade…

Ete Indien can blaze the way to Holy Bull score

The Grade III, $250,000 Holy Bull Stakes anchors Saturday’s action at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/16th-mile heat for three-year-olds, which offers 10 Kentucky Derby points to the winner down to one point for running fourth, drew a field of seven led by the highly-touted TIZ THE LAW. The Holy Bull, carded as the 11th of…

Cleopatra’s Strike, United tough to split in San Marcos

The Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes puts California’s best turf horses in the spotlight at Santa Anita this Saturday. The 1 1/4-mile heat will see six older runners go postward, including former stakes winners CLEOPATRA’S STRIKE and OSCAR DOMINGUEZ and rising star UNITED. Post time for the San Marcos, the seventh of a scheduled…

Shotski seeks second straight stakes score in Withers

Eight three-year-olds will go postward in pursuit of precious Kentucky Derby points in Saturday’s Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. The Grade III, $250,000 event carries 17 points in all, divided 10-4-2-1 to the first through fourth-place finishers. Post time for the 1 1/8-mile Withers, the eighth of nine races on the program, is 4:25 p.m. ET….