Hill Prince, Twilight Derby put sophomore turfers in Sunday spotlight

Belmont’s Hill Prince Stakes and Santa Anita’s Twilight Derby will put three-year-old turfers to the test this Sunday. We’ll go over the particulars for each race and make our selections below. Belmont Race 9 (Post time: 4:47 p.m. ET) The Grade II, $150,000 Hill Prince Stakes One mile on turf #3 DECORATED INVADER (EVEN, morning-line…

Awesome Again anchors Saturday action at Santa Anita

The Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes is the Saturday feature at Santa Anita on a card that contains five “Win and You’re In” races for the Breeders’ Cup. Let’s take a look at two of those races here. Santa Anita Race 7 (Post time: 6:41 p.m. ET) The Grade I, $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes…

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…

Swiss Skydiver favored to beat the boys in the Blue Grass

The Grade II, $600,000 Blue Grass Stakes is this Saturday’s feature at Keeneland. The 1 1/8-mile event for three-year-olds drew a field of 13. Most prominent among them is #7 SWISS SKYDIVER, the multiple graded stakes winning filly. Post time for the Blue Grass Stakes, Race 9 on a 10-race program, is 5:30 p.m. ET….

Hollywood Gold Cup highlights Santa Anita Derby undercard

In addition to the Santa Anita Derby, there are six other stakes races taking place at Santa Anita this Saturday. That includes the other Grade I on the program, the Hollywood Gold Cup. We previewed a pair of these races below. Santa Anita Race 7 (Post time: 6:34 p.m. ET) The $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes…

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…

Croughavouke holds longshot appeal in Honeymoon

Three-year-old fillies will have the spotlight at Santa Anita this Saturday in the Grade III, $100,000 Honeymoon Stakes. The 1 1/8-mile turf heat saw nine runners enter, with favored #9 STELA STAR (2-1) drawn to the outside. Post time for the Honeymoon, Race 7 of nine on the day, is 6:37 p.m. ET. #4 CROUGHAVOUKE…

Neptune’s Storm can spring upset in Shoemaker

The Grade I, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile is Monday’s featured race at Santa Anita. The traditional Memorial Day fixture at “The Great Race Place” drew 11 of the best turf runners in the country.  Post time for the Shoemaker, Race 9 on an 11-race holiday program, is 7:38 p.m. ET. #10 NEPTUNE’S STORM (15-1) makes his…

United a standout in Charles Whittingham

The Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes anchors Saturday’s action at Santa Anita. The 1 1/4-mile turf event attracted seven runners, including Breeders’ Cup Turf runner-up and Grade II San Marcos winner UNITED. Post time for the Charles Whittingham, the eighth of nine races on the program, is 7:18 p.m. ET. #5 UNITED (6-5, morning-line…

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…