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…

Nashville can make the grade in Malibu

The Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes once again anchors Opening Day at Santa Anita. Going as Race 10 of 11 on Saturday at “The Great Race Place,” the Malibu drew six sensational three-year-old sprinters. That includes NASHVILLE, who set the track record for six furlongs at Keeneland last time out. The seven-furlong Malibu carries an…

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…