Audible should ace the Florida Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby brings down the curtain on Gulfstream’s road to the Kentucky Derby this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile heat offers 170 total points toward “the Run for the Roses,” with the winner receiving 100. A field of nine will compete in the Florida Derby, which goes as the finale on…

Gritty Gunnevera can upset the Travers

A stacked field of 12 has assembled for the 148th running of the Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes this Saturday at Saratoga. The 1 1/4-mile event is as wide-open as any rendition in recent memory and has attracted three-year-old colts from all across the country. Going as Race 11 on a stakes-laden 13-race card,…

Classic Empire is favored in potentially chaotic Kentucky Derby

The first Saturday in May is quickly approaching, which means the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby is nearly here. Churchill Downs, as usual, will be the site for arguably the most prestigious horse race on the calendar. A full field of 20 three-year-old colts will line up for the ten-furlong challenge on the main…

Weekly jockey review, 4/5/17; Gulfstream, Fair Grounds finales

A busy week in racing was also one of transition, as Gulfstream Park and Fair Grounds Racecourse concluded their marquee winter meets. We’ll examine the jockey results from the final weeks at those tracks here, as well as the waning days of the Oaklawn and Santa Anita meets and the beginning of the brief Aqueduct…

Gunnevera looms large in Florida Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby, the centerpiece event at the Gulfstream championship meet, takes place this Saturday. A field of 11 colts (10 if you count the likely defection of BATTALION RUNNER), led by Fountain of Youth winner GUNNEVERA, look for their share of 170 Kentucky Derby points, with 100 awarded to the winner….

Patch joins familiar faces in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans, LA hosts the Grade I, $1 million Louisiana Derby this Saturday. The marquee 1 1/8th-mile event drew a field of nine in pursuit of valuable Kentucky Derby points. 100 points go to the winner (essentially an automatic berth into “The Run for the Roses”), 40 to the runner-up, 20…

Can Classic Empire be conquered in the Holy Bull?

The Grade II, $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes highlights a terrific 12-race card at Gulfstream Park this Saturday. Going as the finale, the Holy Bull pits eight three-year-olds against last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner CLASSIC EMPIRE. The 1 1/16th-mile heat is worth 10 Kentucky Derby points to first down to one point to the 4th-place…

Nyquist takes on ten in Preakness

Fresh off a convincing win in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, #3 NYQUIST (3-5, morning-line favorite) looks to keep his undefeated record intact in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse this Saturday. The Grade I $1.5 million event is listed as Race 13, and the estimated post time is 6:45 p.m. EST. The second…

Nyquist leads field of 20 for Kentucky Derby

After months of discussion, the field has finally been set for the biggest race of the year; the Kentucky Derby! The mile and a quarter event takes place this Saturday at Churchill Downs, and goes as Race 12 on the program with an approximate post time of 6:34 p.m. EST. As usual there are quite…