American Turf, Pat Day Mile highlight Kentucky Derby undercard

In addition to the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs’ Saturday program is chock-full of stakes races and solid wagering opportunities. We’ve narrowed things down to our two best bets on the undercard. Churchill Race 8 (Post time: 2:55 p.m. ET) The Grade II, $500,000 American Turf Stakes 1 1/16th-miles on turf #5…

Gamine, Swiss Skydiver collide in Kentucky Oaks

The Grade I, $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks is Friday’s feature at Churchill Downs on the eve of the Kentucky Derby. The 1 1/8-mile event for three-year-old fillies drew a field of nine, though two horses figure to take the bulk of the betting action – #1 SWISS SKYDIVER (8-5) and #5 GAMINE (EVEN, morning-line favorite)….

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…

Rushing Fall hunts for another Grade I in Diana

The Grade I, $500,000 Diana Stakes is the Sunday showcase race at Saratoga. Six of the best turf fillies and mares in the country will do battle over 1 1/8-miles in this one. Not surprisingly, trainer Chad Brown has the two morning-line favorites in RUSHING FALL and SISTERCHARLIE in an uncoupled entry. Post time for…

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…

Charlatan has stranglehold on first division of Arkansas Derby

Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000 Arkansas Derby (1 1/8-miles) was split into two divisions by Oaklawn Park. First up is our preview of division one, the 11th race on the program, led by CHARLATAN. Estimated post time is 6:29 p.m. ET. For our preview of division two, click here. #1 CHARLATAN (EVEN, morning-line favorite) will win…

Tiz the Law should prove too tough for Florida Derby field

The centerpiece race of Gulfstream Park’s championship meet, the Grade I, $750,000 Florida Derby, is set for Saturday. A field of 12 (plus one also-eligible) will contest this 1 1/8-mile heat worth 170 total Kentucky Derby points (paid 100-40-20-10). The Florida Derby, which goes as the 14th and final race on a card loaded with…

Spa City can spring upset in Tampa Bay Derby

The Grade II, $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby, another important stepping stone toward the Kentucky Derby, takes place this Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. The 1 1/16th-mile heat drew 12 runners looking for their share of 85 Kentucky Derby points. Estimated post time for the Tampa Bay Derby, Race 11 of 12 on Saturday, is 5:32…

Independence Hall seeks fourth straight score in Sam F. Davis

The Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes is the Saturday feature at Tampa Bay Downs. The local prep for the Tampa Bay Derby, the Sam F. Davis drew a field of eight. The 1 1/16th-mile heat, Race 11 of 12 on the program, carries an approximate post time of 5:29 p.m. ET. #4 INDEPENDENCE…