Pat On the Back merits respect in Kelso

The Grade II, $300,000 Kelso Handicap, a key prep for November’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, is set for Saturday at Belmont Park. A field of seven will contest the one-mile event on the main course. Post time for the Kelso, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is 5:57 p.m. ET. #3 PAT ON THE…

Digital Age seeks redemption in Saratoga Derby

The inaugural $750,000 Saratoga Derby highlights the Sunday action at Saratoga racecourse. The 1 3/16th-mile turf stake, part of the newly-commissioned “Turf Trinity” series at NYRA, drew an evenly-matched field of 11, led by Belmont Derby winner HENLEY’S JOY. Post time for the Saratoga Derby, Race 9 on a stakes-laden 11-race program, is 5:48 p.m….

Thunder Snow seeks first stateside win in Whitney

The Grade I, $1 million Whitney Stakes is the feature race at Saratoga this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile classic attracted eight runners, five of which have earned over $1 million on the track. Post time for the Whitney, Race 9 of 11 on the day at “The Spa,” is 5:46 p.m. ET. #4 THUNDER SNOW…

King for a Day, Maximum Security meet again in Haskell

Monmouth Park’s biggest annual event, the Grade I, $1 million Haskell Invitational, takes place this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile stakes for three-year-olds drew a field of seven led by the one-two finishers in the Pegasus Stakes (the local prep), KING FOR A DAY and MAXIMUM SECURITY. Post time for the Haskell, Race 12 of 14…

Belmont Stakes undercard stakes analysis, 6/8/19

The 151st Belmont Stakes is just one of eight Grade I stakes on Saturday’s 13-race program at Belmont Park. Let’s dive into a pair of the undercard races below. Belmont Race 9 (Post time: 4:46 p.m. Eastern) The Grade I, $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap One mile on dirt #2 MCKINZIE (5-2, morning-line favorite) ended a…

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)…

Man o’ War undercard analysis, 5/10/19

Man o’ War day at Belmont Park features four stakes races in addition to the main event, which is discussed here. We’ll go over a pair of those undercard races below. Belmont Race 4 (Post time: 3:08 p.m. Eastern) The Grade III, $300,000 Peter Pan Stakes 1 1/8-miles on dirt #1 INTREPID HEART (7-5, morning-line…

Rushing Fall can build on perfect Keeneland record in Jenny Wiley

Older female turfers will be in the spotlight at Keeneland on Saturday in the Grade I, $350,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes. The 1 1/16th-mile event goes as Race 10 on an 11-race program that also includes the Grade III Lexington Stakes for Kentucky Derby aspirants. Post time for the eight-horse Jenny Wiley is 6:12 p.m. Eastern….

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….

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…