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)…

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…

War of Will should overwhelm Louisiana Derby field

The Grade I, $1 million Louisiana Derby takes place this Saturday at the historic Fair Grounds racecourse in New Orleans. The 1 1/8-mile race awards 100 Kentucky Derby points to the winner, assuring them a starting spot in the “Run for the Roses.” Second place receives 40 points, third gets 20, and fourth gets 10….

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…

Win Win Win should live up to his name in Tampa Bay Derby

The Grade II, $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby, the centerpiece race of the year at Tampa Bay Downs, takes place this Saturday. The 1 1/16th-mile heat drew a field of 11 seeking valuable Kentucky Derby points. Fifty will go to the winner, down to five for finishing fourth. Post time for the Tampa Bay Derby is…

War of Will the one to catch in Risen Star

The Grade II, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes, the first Kentucky Derby prep worth 50 points to the winner this year, takes place on Saturday at the Fair Grounds. Going as the finale on a 12-race program, the 1 1/16th-mile heat is scheduled for 7:02 p.m. EST. A field of 14 is expected to compete, with…

Still Dreaming seeks Sam F. Davis upset

The Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Downs’ local prep for next month’s Tampa Bay Derby, drew a field of 10 in search of vital Kentucky Derby points. A total of 17 are at stake, with 10 being awarded to the winner. The 1 1/16th-mile Sam F. Davis will go as the…

Fear The Cowboy can upset the Charles Town Classic

The 10th annual Charles Town Classic will be held this Saturday at West Virginia’s Charles Town oval. The Grade II, $1.2 million event will be contested over 1 1/8-miles and drew a field of seven older males. The Charles Town Classic goes as Race 11 on a 13-race card; approximate post time is 5:36 p.m….

Off Limits out for more in Jenny Wiley

Female turfers will be in the spotlight at Keeneland on Saturday afternoon in the Grade I, $350,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes. The 1 1/16th-mile grass event drew an accomplished field of 11, led by a Chad Brown-trained trio. Post time for the Jenny Wiley, Race 10 of 11, is 6:12 p.m. EST. As always, feel free…

Solomini should start his season with a Rebel win

The penultimate stepping stone on Arkansas’ Kentucky Derby trail, the Grade II, $900,000 Rebel Stakes, takes place this Saturday at Oaklawn Park. There’s 50 Derby points available to the winner, down to five points for finishing fourth. A field of 11 will be led to the gate at approximately 7:09 p.m. EST for this 1…