Mandaloun hard to look past in Lecomte

The Grade III, $200,000 Lecomte Stakes kicks off Louisiana’s road to the Kentucky Derby at the Fair Grounds this Saturday. Offering a total of 17 Derby points (10-4-2-1 from first to fourth), the 1 1/16th-mile Lecomte attracted 11 three-year-old runners. Post time for the Lecomte, the 13th and final on the Saturday program at the…

By My Standards can capture elusive Grade I in Clark

The Grade I, $500,000 Clark Handicap is the Friday feature at Churchill Downs. A field of 14 (plus one also-eligible) will be tasked with a 1 1/8-mile journey on the historic main oval. That includes multiple Grade I winner CODE OF HONOR. Post time for the Clark, Race 10 of 11 on the day, 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…

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….

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…

Lady Apple out for redemption in Apple Blossom

The Grade I, $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap for older fillies and mares is the Saturday feature at Oaklawn Park. The 1 1/16th-mile event drew an accomplished field of 14 from across the country. Post time for the Apple Blossom, Race 10 of 11 on a card that also includes the Grade III Count Fleet Sprint…

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…

Nadal should ace Rebel Stakes

The Grade II, $1 million Rebel Stakes puts three-year-olds in the spotlight this Saturday at Oaklawn Park. A field of eight will vie for a total of 85 Kentucky Derby points (paid out 50-20-10-5) in this 1 1/16th-mile affair. Post time for the Rebel, the 10th of 11 races on Saturday, is 6:23 p.m. ET….

Ready to Roll to upset victory in Risen Star? (Division I)

The Grade II, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes drew a total of 23 Kentucky Derby hopefuls, so the race was broken up into two divisions by Fair Grounds track management. We’ll discuss the first division of the local prep for the Louisiana Derby here. The 1 1/8-mile heat goes as Race 12 of 13 on Saturday,…