Croughavouke holds longshot appeal in Honeymoon

Three-year-old fillies will have the spotlight at Santa Anita this Saturday in the Grade III, $100,000 Honeymoon Stakes. The 1 1/8-mile turf heat saw nine runners enter, with favored #9 STELA STAR (2-1) drawn to the outside. Post time for the Honeymoon, Race 7 of nine on the day, is 6:37 p.m. ET. #4 CROUGHAVOUKE…

Winning Colors, Mint Julep co-anchor Saturday card at Churchill

Two Grade III stakes carrying $100,000 purses highlight Saturday’s 11-race program at historic Churchill Downs. The Winning Colors for filly and mare sprinters goes as Race 7, while the Mint Julep for filly and mare turfers brings down the curtain as Race 11. We’ll preview both events from a betting perspective below. Churchill Race 7…

Neptune’s Storm can spring upset in Shoemaker

The Grade I, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile is Monday’s featured race at Santa Anita. The traditional Memorial Day fixture at “The Great Race Place” drew 11 of the best turf runners in the country.  Post time for the Shoemaker, Race 9 on an 11-race holiday program, is 7:38 p.m. ET. #10 NEPTUNE’S STORM (15-1) makes his…

Mystic Guide, Pneumatic may spoil Maxfield’s return in Matt Winn

The Road to the Kentucky Derby resumes this Saturday with Churchill’s Grade III, $150,000 Matt Winn Stakes. The 1 1/16th-mile heat, which lured 12 runners, is worth 85 points (50-20-10-5) toward Sept. 5’s “Run for the Roses.” The Matt Winn goes as Race 10 of 11 on the day, and post time is 5:44 p.m….

United a standout in Charles Whittingham

The Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes anchors Saturday’s action at Santa Anita. The 1 1/4-mile turf event attracted seven runners, including Breeders’ Cup Turf runner-up and Grade II San Marcos winner UNITED. Post time for the Charles Whittingham, the eighth of nine races on the program, is 7:18 p.m. ET. #5 UNITED (6-5, morning-line…

Trio of stakes set for Saturday at Gulfstream

Gulfstream Park offers a trio of intriguing stakes races this Saturday. The most lucrative one is the $100,000 Musical Romance for Florida-bred fillies and mares, which goes as Race 10 on an 11-race program. Our previews and advice for each heat are below. Gulfstream Race 6 (Post time: 3:16 p.m. ET) The $75,000 Roar Stakes…

Halladay makes appealing pitch in Sunshine Forever

Saturday’s $75,000 Sunshine Forever at Gulfstream Park is America’s lone stakes race of the afternoon. Not surprisingly, the 1 1/16th-mile grass event drew a full field of 12 (including one MTO) that includes a pair of former Grade I winners in EL TORMENTA and WAR OF WILL. Post time for the Sunshine Forever, the ninth…

Nadal seeks to preserve undefeated record in Arkansas Derby

Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000 Arkansas Derby (1 1/8-miles) was split into two divisions by Oaklawn Park. Here is our preview of division two, the 13th race on the program, led by morning-line favorite NADAL. Estimated post time is 7:43 p.m. ET. For our preview of division one, click here. #5 NADAL (5-2), a perfect 3-for-3…

Charlatan has stranglehold on first division of Arkansas Derby

Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000 Arkansas Derby (1 1/8-miles) was split into two divisions by Oaklawn Park. First up is our preview of division one, the 11th race on the program, led by CHARLATAN. Estimated post time is 6:29 p.m. ET. For our preview of division two, click here. #1 CHARLATAN (EVEN, morning-line favorite) will win…

Echo Town eligible to spring upset in Bachelor

Three-year-old sprinters will be in the spotlight this Saturday at Oaklawn in the $100,000 Bachelor Stakes. A field of nine has assembled for the six-furlong event, led by Grade I winner EIGHT RINGS and Gazebo Stakes winner LONG WEEKEND. The Bachelor, Race 9 of 11 on the day, has an estimated post time of 5:45…