Sprinting talent flocks to Gulfstream for Smile, Princess Rooney

The Summit of Speed, a traditional summer staple of the southern Florida racing schedule, is set for Saturday at Gulfstream. The Princess Rooney and Smile Sprint Stakes each drew a field of seven. Both races are discussed below. Gulfstream Race 12 (Post time: 5:30 p.m. Eastern) The Grade II, $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes Seven furlongs…

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)…

Gift Box should top stacked Stephen Foster

The Grade II, $600,000 Stephen Foster Stakes is the feature race on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. A field of 12 will crowd the gate for this 1 1/8-mile test. The Stephen Foster goes as Race 8 on an 11-race program; estimated post time is 9:47 p.m. ET. #6 GIFT BOX (3-1, morning-line favorite) gets…

Seismic Wave should lower the boom on Pennine Ridge field

The Grade III, $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes, which serves as the local prep for July’s Belmont Derby, is set for Saturday at Belmont Park. The 1 1/8-mile turf heat drew a field of eight seeking graded stakes glory. Post time for the Pennine Ridge, Race 8 of nine on the day, is 5:18 p.m. ET….

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…

Zulu Alpha heads competitive Man o’ War field

The first Grade I of the spring/summer meet at Belmont Park, the Man o’ War, is set for this Saturday. The 1 3/8-mile turf event pits a field of nine in pursuit of a $700,000 purse. Post time for the Man o’ War, Race 10 on a stakes-laden 11-race program, is 6:24 p.m. ET. Betting…

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…

Bellafina appears vulnerable in Kentucky Oaks

The Grade I, $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks puts three-year-old fillies in the spotlight at Churchill Downs on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby. The prestigious 1 1/8-mile heat drew an overflow field of 16, including two also-eligibles. Post time for the Kentucky Oaks, Race 11 on a lucrative 13-race program, is 6:12 p.m. Eastern. #15…