Horse racing news, notes, & stakes previews for 1/7/21

Let’s recap the horse racing headlines from last weekend and preview what’s to come in the week ahead. CAPO KANE, MUTASAABEQ, LIFE IS GOOD win first three Derby preps of 2021 Aqueduct’s road to the Kentucky Derby began on Friday with the $100,000 Jerome Stakes. CAPO KANE splashed home to a 6 1/4-length victory at…

Red Flag should find winner’s circle in Los Alamitos Futurity

The Grade II, $200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity anchors a 10-race card at Los Alamitos this Saturday. Going as the fourth race, the Los Alamitos Futurity drew a field of six two-year-olds looking to make their mark early on the Kentucky Derby trail. Post time for the Los Alamitos Futurity is 4:28 p.m. ET. #1 RED…

Maximum Security seeks rare upset victory in Breeders’ Cup Classic

The Grade I, $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will conclude Saturday’s lucrative championship card at Keeneland racecourse. Going as the 12th race on the program, the 1 1/4-mile affair drew a field of 10, led by the Bob Baffert-trained trio of IMPROBABLE, AUTHENTIC and MAXIMUM SECURITY. Post time for the 37th annual Breeders’ Cup Classic…

Hendy Woods among intriguing cast for QEII Challenge Cup

The Grade I, $500,000 QEII Challenge Cup is Saturday’s spotlight race at Keeneland racecourse in Lexington, KY. Nine three-year-old fillies will slug it out over 1 1/8-miles on the grass in this one, including former Grade I winners MAGIC ATTITUDE and RED LARK. Post time for the QEII Challenge Cup, Race 9 on a 10-race…

Art Collector should outgame Authentic in Preakness

The Grade I, $1 million Preakness Stakes, the third and final jewel of the 2020 Triple Crown, is set for Saturday at Pimlico. A field of 11, including Kentucky Derby winner AUTHENTIC, will contest this 1 3/16th-mile affair. Post time for the Preakness, the 11th of 12 races on an all-stakes program at Pimlico, is…

Tiz the Law the class of the Kentucky Derby, but scramble is on for second

The Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby will finally take place at Churchill Downs this Saturday following a four-month postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The delay did little to abate the anticipation for the 1 1/4-mile classic, though it definitely narrowed down the list of win candidates. #17 TIZ THE LAW was set as…

Authentic looks solid in Santa Anita Derby

The Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Derby takes place at Santa Anita Park this Saturday. The delayed Kentucky Derby prep offers 170 points (100-40-20-10 format) toward the “Run for the Roses,” re-scheduled for Sept. 5. Seven three-year-olds will do battle over 1 1/8-miles in the Santa Anita Derby, the eighth of 11 races on a…

Vekoma can capture Carter Handicap

The Grade I, $250,000 Carter Handicap puts sprinters in the spotlight this Saturday at Belmont Park. The seven-furlong affair, Race 9 on an 11-race program, lured 11 talented runners to the gate. Post time for the prestigious Carter Handicap is 5:36 p.m. ET. #11 VEKOMA (7-2) aced his comeback race in the seven-furlong Sir Shackleton…

Mystic Guide, Pneumatic may spoil Maxfield’s return in Matt Winn

The Road to the Kentucky Derby resumes this Saturday with Churchill’s Grade III, $150,000 Matt Winn Stakes. The 1 1/16th-mile heat, which lured 12 runners, is worth 85 points (50-20-10-5) toward Sept. 5’s “Run for the Roses.” The Matt Winn goes as Race 10 of 11 on the day, and post time is 5:44 p.m….

Dr Post has most upside in Unbridled

The $75,000 Unbridled Stakes is the Saturday feature at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/16th-mile heat for three-year-olds drew a field of seven with visions of wearing the blanket of roses in the Kentucky Derby later this year. Post time for the Unbridled, Race 9 of 12 on the card, is estimated for 4:53 p.m. ET….