Bourbon War a tepid top pick in Preakness

A field of 13 will try their luck in the Grade I, $1.5 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico this Saturday. There’s a lack of star power with both disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security and promoted winner Country House bypassing the race along with the sidelined Omaha Beach, but that has served to make the…

Man o’ War undercard analysis, 5/10/19

Man o’ War day at Belmont Park features four stakes races in addition to the main event, which is discussed here. We’ll go over a pair of those undercard races below. Belmont Race 4 (Post time: 3:08 p.m. Eastern) The Grade III, $300,000 Peter Pan Stakes 1 1/8-miles on dirt #1 INTREPID HEART (7-5, morning-line…

Tacitus a tepid top pick in Kentucky Derby 

One of America’s premier horse racing events, the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby, is set for Saturday at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/4-mile classic drew 21 entrants, but the defections of favored #12 OMAHA BEACH (4-1) and longshot #11 HAIKAL (30-1) saw that number shrink to 19. The “Run for the Roses,” which goes…

Vekoma can punch his Kentucky Derby ticket in Blue Grass Stakes

The Grade II, $1 million Blue Grass Stakes highlights opening Saturday at Kentucky’s historic Keeneland racecourse. The 1 1/8-mile event for three-year-olds attracted a field of 14. Going as Race 10 of 11, post time for the Blue Grass is 6:23 p.m. EST. The winner is virtually assured a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting…

Bourbon War out for revenge on Code of Honor in Florida Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby is set for Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The race carries 170 total points toward the Kentucky Derby, with 100 going to the winner. The 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby, which goes as the finale on a stakes-laden 14-race program, drew a field of 11. Approximate post time is 6:30…

Fountain of Youth undercard selections, 3/2/19

In addition to the Grade II, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes for Kentucky Derby hopefuls, Gulfstream Park features eight graded stakes on a 14-race Saturday program. We’ll preview a pair of those races here. Gulfstream Race 7 (Post time: 2:30 p.m. Eastern) The Grade III, $150,000 The Very One Stakes 1 3/16th-miles on turf Several of…

Vekoma makes 2019 debut in Fountain of Youth

Several noteworthy sophomores will line up in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. There are 11 three-year-old colts in total that will race the 1 1/16th-miles on the main oval. Also on the line are 85 Kentucky Derby points, with 50 designated to the winner. Post time for the Fountain…

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…

Weekly jockey review, 3/7/18; Evin Roman’s birthday week to remember

We’ll look at the riding happenings at four different venues from coast to coast in this week’s jockey review. Be sure to study the trends if you’re playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct There were just two days of racing at “The Big A” last week (Friday’s card was canceled due to weather), but…