Hopeful, Del Mar Futurity highlight Labor Day action

The curtain comes down on both the Saratoga and Del Mar summer meets on Labor Day. But both circuits are going out with a bang – “The Spa” has 14 races on tap, including the Grade I Hopeful Stakes, while the Grade I Del Mar Futurity anchors an 11-race Monday card “Where the Turf Meets…

C Z Rocket can build on win streak in Pat O’Brien

The Grade II, $150,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes is the Saturday feature at Del Mar. This seven-furlong sprint on the main oval drew a well-matched field of eight. Post time for the Pat O’Brien, Race 10 on an 11-race card, is 9:38 p.m. ET. #5 C Z ROCKET (4-1) steps up in the Pat O’Brien on…

Maximum Security an obvious pick in Pacific Classic

Del Mar’s signature race, the Grade I, $500,000 Pacific Classic, will be renewed this Saturday. MAXIMUM SECURITY stands out in this six-horse field, which will go 1 1/4-miles on the main track. Estimated post time for the Pacific Classic, Race 10 of 11 on Saturday at Del Mar, is 9:30 p.m. ET. #5 MAXIMUM SECURITY…

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…

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…

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…

Super Patriot can spring upset in Santa Ana

The Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ana Stakes is the feature at Santa Anita Park this Saturday. The 1 1/4-mile turf event drew what looks to be an evenly-matched field of nine fillies and mares. Post time for the Santa Ana, Race 7 of nine on the day, is estimated for 6:31 p.m. ET. #1 SUPER…

Royal Act seeks crowning achievement in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds’ centerpiece race, the Grade II, $1 million Louisiana Derby, will be run this Saturday at the historic New Orleans oval (5 p.m., NBCSN). Fourteen colts and geldings (plus two also-eligibles) will be tasked with a 1 3/16th-mile journey on the main track. Post time for the Louisiana Derby, which brings down the curtain…

Hard Not to Love has hurdles to overcome in Beholder

The Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile is the Saturday feature at Santa Anita. The prestigious heat formerly known as the Vanity attracted seven fillies and mares. Post time for the Beholder, the seventh of eight races on an all-dirt program necessitated by expected rainfall, is approximately 7:07 p.m. ET. #2 DER LU (5-1) is the…

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…