March to the Arch an appealing upset candidate in Fourstardave

The Grade I, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap is the feature race at Saratoga this Saturday. The one-mile turf heat drew a field of 10 led by morning-line favorite UNI, a mare running against the boys. Post time for the Fourstardave, Race 9 of 11 on the day at “The Spa,” is 5:46 p.m. ET. #1 MARCH…

Digital Age seeks redemption in Saratoga Derby

The inaugural $750,000 Saratoga Derby highlights the Sunday action at Saratoga racecourse. The 1 3/16th-mile turf stake, part of the newly-commissioned “Turf Trinity” series at NYRA, drew an evenly-matched field of 11, led by Belmont Derby winner HENLEY’S JOY. Post time for the Saratoga Derby, Race 9 on a stakes-laden 11-race program, is 5:48 p.m….

Guarana stands out in re-scheduled CCA Oaks

The Grade I, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks will be renewed this Sunday at Saratoga after Saturday’s program was postponed due to extreme heat. Despite the lofty stature of this 1 1/8-mile race, just five horses are entered. That is due in part to the daunting presence of GUARANA, a convincing winner in Belmont’s Grade…

Homerique hunts Grade I glory in Diana

The Grade I, $500,000 Diana Stakes drew a compact but accomplished field of six as Saturday’s centerpiece race at Saratoga. The 1 1/8 turf classic goes as the ninth of 11 events on the opening Saturday card at “The Spa.” Approximate post time is 5:46 p.m. ET. #6 HOMERIQUE (5-2) is one of four being…

Seismic Wave seeks redemption in Belmont Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Belmont Derby is among the many important races taking place at Belmont Park this Saturday. The first leg of the initial Turf Trinity series drew a field of 14. Post time for the Belmont Derby, Race 9 on an 11-race card, is 5:44 p.m. ET. #3 SEISMIC WAVE (5-1) was…

Olendon adds international intrigue to Belmont Oaks

The Grade I, $750,000 Belmont Oaks, the first leg in NYRA’s newly-minted Turf Tiara, is one of several graded stakes being contested at Belmont Park this Saturday. The 1 1/4-mile heat drew a field of nine female grass specialists. Post time for the Belmont Oaks, Race 7 of 11, is 4:30 p.m. ET. #1 OLENDON…

Dunbar Road stands out in Mother Goose

The Grade II, $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes is the highlight of Belmont Park’s nine-race Saturday program. Six three-year-old fillies, including the highly-promising DUNBAR ROAD, will compete in this prestigious 1 1/16th-mile event. Post time for the Mother Goose, Race 8 on the day at Belmont, is 5:18 p.m. ET. #1 DUNBAR ROAD (4-5, morning-line favorite)…

Focus Group should get first Grade I score in United Nations

The Grade I, $300,000 United Nations Stakes will bring some top turf runners together at Monmouth Park this Saturday. The 1 3/8-mile heat drew a field of eight. Post time for the United Nations, Race 11 of a scheduled 13, is approximately 5:28 p.m. ET. #4 FOCUS GROUP (2-1, morning-line favorite) was empty late in…

Belmont Stakes undercard stakes analysis, 6/8/19

The 151st Belmont Stakes is just one of eight Grade I stakes on Saturday’s 13-race program at Belmont Park. Let’s dive into a pair of the undercard races below. Belmont Race 9 (Post time: 4:46 p.m. Eastern) The Grade I, $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap One mile on dirt #2 MCKINZIE (5-2, morning-line favorite) ended a…