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…

Red Knight out for revenge on Sadler’s Joy in Red Smith

The Grade III, $100,000 Red Smith Stakes is the feature on Saturday’s 10-race program at Aqueduct. A field of 11 will be tested over 1 3/8-miles on the inner turf course. That includes the 2019 winner of the Red Smith, SADLER’S JOY. Post time for the 2020 renewal of the Red Smith, Saturday’s ninth at…

Dr Post has most upside in Unbridled

The $75,000 Unbridled Stakes is the Saturday feature at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/16th-mile heat for three-year-olds drew a field of seven with visions of wearing the blanket of roses in the Kentucky Derby later this year. Post time for the Unbridled, Race 9 of 12 on the card, is estimated for 4:53 p.m. ET….

Derby points up for grabs in Gotham Stakes

Aqueduct hosts their penultimate Kentucky Derby prep, the Grade III, $300,000 Gotham Stakes, this Saturday. A field of 11 has assembled for this one-turn mile on the main course that carries 85 Derby points. Post time for the Gotham, the finale on a 10-race program, is 5:42 p.m. ET. #10 UNTITLED (4-1) was fourth in…

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…

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….

Major Cabbie the class of Queens County

Aqueduct’s $125,000 Queens County Stakes is the richest race on the thoroughbred calendar this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile heat drew a field of seven colts and geldings looking to boost their résumés before year’s end. Post time for the Queens County, the eighth of nine races on the day at “The Big A,” is 3:46…

Maximum Security should seize another Grade I in Cigar Mile

The Grade I, $750,000 Cigar Mile, the centerpiece of the Aqueduct fall meeting, is their feature race this Saturday. A field of 11, headlined by MAXIMUM SECURITY, will compete in one of the last Grade I events on the calendar. Post time for the Cigar Mile, the finale on a 10-race program at “The Big…

Firenze Fire packs punch along with extra pounds in Fall Highweight

The Grade III, $200,000 Fall Highweight Handicap, a longtime Thanksgiving staple at Aqueduct, will be renewed this Thursday. The six-furlong sprint drew a field of nine, led by multiple graded stakes winner FIRENZE FIRE. He’ll tote 134 pounds when the gate opens for the Fall Highweight, the seventh of nine on Thanksgiving Day at “The…

Sadler’s Joy holds the edge in Red Smith

The Grade III, $200,000 Red Smith Handicap anchors the Saturday action at Aqueduct. The 1 3/8-mile turf heat drew a field of 11 plus five AEs and MTOs. Post time for the Red Smith, Race 9 of 10 at “The Big A” this Saturday, is 3:47 p.m. ET. #7 SADLER’S JOY (8-5, morning-line favorite) looks…