Prime Factor can make the grade in Holy Bull

The Grade III, $200,000 Holy Bull Stakes is the Saturday feature at Gulfstream Park. A 17-point race (10-4-2-1 format) for the Kentucky Derby, this 1 1/16th-mile heat drew a field of nine. That includes Todd Pletcher’s impressive debut winner PRIME FACTOR. Post time for the Holy Bull, the 11th of 12 races at Gulfstream this…

Horse racing news, notes, & stakes previews for 1/27/21

Let’s recap the horse racing headlines from last weekend and preview what’s to come in the week ahead. KNICKS GO a no-doubt winner in Pegasus Breeders’ Cup Mile winner KNICKS GO took the lead and never looked back in the Pegasus World Cup under Joel Rosario. He built a three-length lead in the stretch before…

Pegasus World Cup Turf highlights Saturday undercard at Gulfstream

In addition to the Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup, Gulfstream Park has carded six stakes races on Saturday. We’ll discuss a pair of them below, looking for the best available bets in each. Gulfstream Race 10 (Post time: 4:13 p.m. ET) The Grade III, $150,000 W. L. McKnight Stakes 1 1/2-miles on turf…

Happy Saver can topple Tacitus in Jockey Club Gold Cup

The Grade I, $250,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup, the annual centerpiece of Belmont’s fall meet, is set for Saturday. A field of five will go the classic 1 1/4-mile distance on the main oval in this one. Topping the entries are undefeated three-year-old HAPPY SAVER and four-year-old TACITUS, a winner of nearly $3 million. Post…

Jockey recap for Saratoga, Del Mar 2020 summer meets

The prestigious summer seasons at Saratoga and Del Mar wrapped up over the holiday weekend. Let’s recap each one, focusing on jockey achievements. Saratoga Irad Ortiz Jr. survived a strong early bid from Joel Rosario, a late charge from younger brother Jose Ortiz, and a wrist injury that sidelined him for three days to win…

Hopeful, Del Mar Futurity highlight Labor Day action

The curtain comes down on both the Saratoga and Del Mar summer meets on Labor Day. But both circuits are going out with a bang – “The Spa” has 14 races on tap, including the Grade I Hopeful Stakes, while the Grade I Del Mar Futurity anchors an 11-race Monday card “Where the Turf Meets…

Mind Control looks formidable in Forego

Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Forego Stakes has brought forth a solid group of sprinters at Saratoga. There are 11 runners slated to do battle over seven furlongs in this one, including 2018 race winner WHITMORE. Post time for the Forego, the ninth of 11 races at “The Spa” this Saturday, is 5:07 p.m. ET. #10…

Dunbar Road should dominate Delaware Handicap field

Delaware Park’s centerpiece race, the Grade II, $400,000 Delaware Handicap, is set for Saturday. A field of eight has entered, but both #1 VEXATIOUS and #5 ALWAYS SHOPPING are expected to run in Saturday’s Ruffian Stakes at Belmont instead. That would leave just five others to face the imposing DUNBAR ROAD in this 1 1/8-mile…

Vekoma gets tepid nod in wide-open Met Mile

The Grade I, $500,000 Met Mile highlights a star-studded card at Belmont Park on Independence Day. A Grade I-worthy field of eight will do battle in this one, led by last-out graded stakes winners VEKOMA, CODE OF HONOR, and MCKINZIE. Post time for the Met Mile, Race 9 of 11 on the day, is 5:47…

Uni looks best in Just A Game

The Grade I, $250,000 Just A Game Stakes anchors Saturday’s action at Belmont Park. The one-mile grass event for fillies and mares drew a solid field of seven. Post time for the Just A Game, Race 10 on an 11-race program that features three additional graded stakes, is 6:08 p.m. ET. #6 UNI (7-5, morning-line…