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…

Tom’s d’Etat seeks fourth straight stakes score in Stephen Foster

The Grade II, $500,000 Stephen Foster Stakes highlights the closing Saturday card at Churchill Downs. A field of eight, including top-flight handicap horses TOM’S D’ETAT and BY MY STANDARDS, will contest this 1 1/8-mile race. Post time for the Stephen Foster, Race 10 on an 11-race program, is 5:47 p.m. ET. The winner will receive…

Winning Colors, Mint Julep co-anchor Saturday card at Churchill

Two Grade III stakes carrying $100,000 purses highlight Saturday’s 11-race program at historic Churchill Downs. The Winning Colors for filly and mare sprinters goes as Race 7, while the Mint Julep for filly and mare turfers brings down the curtain as Race 11. We’ll preview both events from a betting perspective below. Churchill Race 7…

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….

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…

Echo Town eligible to spring upset in Bachelor

Three-year-old sprinters will be in the spotlight this Saturday at Oaklawn in the $100,000 Bachelor Stakes. A field of nine has assembled for the six-furlong event, led by Grade I winner EIGHT RINGS and Gazebo Stakes winner LONG WEEKEND. The Bachelor, Race 9 of 11 on the day, has an estimated post time of 5:45…

Whitmore seeks third Count Fleet victory in four years

Saturday’s Grade III, $350,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park has attracted some of the nation’s best sprinters. WHITMORE leads a field of 11 into this six-furlong heat, which shares the card with the Apple Blossom Handicap. Post time for the Count Fleet, Race 8 of 11 on the day, is 5:14 p.m. ET…

Mr. Money can post mild upset in Oaklawn Mile

The second running of the Oaklawn Mile, set for Saturday at Oaklawn Park on a card that also includes the Oaklawn Stakes, drew a fascinating field of 14. TOM’S D’ETAT, the 2019 winner of the Grade I Clark, figures to take the most action but appears beatable. Here’s our analysis of the Oaklawn Mile, which…

Kimari makes seasonal debut in Purple Martin

The Saturday feature at Oaklawn Park is the $100,000 Purple Martin Stakes, a six-furlong event for three-year-old fillies. The race drew a field of 10, headlined by multiple turf stakes winner KIMARI. The Purple Martin, Race 9 of 10 on the day, has an approximate post time of 6:09 p.m. ET. #1 KIMARI (4-1) intrigues…

Royal Act seeks crowning achievement in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds’ centerpiece race, the Grade II, $1 million Louisiana Derby, will be run this Saturday at the historic New Orleans oval (5 p.m., NBCSN). Fourteen colts and geldings (plus two also-eligibles) will be tasked with a 1 3/16th-mile journey on the main track. Post time for the Louisiana Derby, which brings down the curtain…