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…

Always Shopping seeks third straight stakes score in Black-Eyed Susan

The Grade II, $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes is among several lucrative stakes races being offered at Pimlico racecourse on their Preakness eve program this Friday. The 1 1/8-mile event for three-year-old fillies drew a field of nine. Post time for the Black-Eyed Susan, Race 11 of 14, is 4:48 p.m. ET. #6 ALWAYS SHOPPING (4-1)…

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…

Improbable far from impossible in Arkansas Derby

The Grade I Arkansas Derby, the final 170-point Kentucky Derby prep, takes place this Saturday at Oaklawn. The 1 1/8-mile dirt event drew a field of 11, led by both of last month’s Rebel division winners, OMAHA BEACH and LONG RANGE TODDY, as well as Bob Baffert’s IMPROBABLE. Post time for the Arkansas Derby, Race…

Weekly jockey review, 3/19/19; Rebel day results and more

Oaklawn Park took most of the national attention last week with the split Rebel Stakes on Saturday, but there was also important racing going on at Aqueduct and Gulfstream. Let’s review the results here, noting which jockeys did best. We’ll also include an update on Santa Anita. Aqueduct Manny Franco has all but wrapped up…

Juvenile champ Game Winner makes return in Rebel

The Grade II, $750,000 Rebel Stakes, part of Arkansas’ road to the Kentucky Derby, takes place this Saturday. Oaklawn Park has split the 1 1/16th-mile event into two divisions, the latter of which drew 10 runners. Division two of the Rebel goes as Race 10 of 11, and estimated post time is 7:06 p.m. EST….

Galilean gets first shot vs. open company in Rebel

Oaklawn Park will be the site for two crucial Kentucky Derby preps on Saturday, as they split their Grade II Rebel Stakes into two divisions. The first division of the 1 1/16th-mile heat, which drew a field of nine, is slated for Race 8. Approximate post time for the $750,000 Rebel is 5:57 p.m. EST….

Weekly jockey review, 3/13/19; Derby prep results, Santa Anita news and more

Most of thoroughbred racing’s preeminent winter meetings rolled on last week, with Santa Anita being a notable exception. Fortunately for fans and horsemen, “The Great Race Place” is tentatively scheduled to re-open on Mar. 22. Let’s go over the results from last week, paying close attention to racing from New York and Florida. Aqueduct Manny…

Weekly jockey review, 2/19/19; Ortiz Jr. seizes command at Gulfstream

It’s time to recap the horse racing action from the extended holiday week that featured two Kentucky Derby preps. We’ll make stops across the country highlighting some of the best jockey performances over the last few days. Aqueduct It was a mostly quiet week for Manny Franco, as he won just twice at Aqueduct and…