The Road Continues…

The Kentucky Derby is less than five weeks away.  This Saturday brings us the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Park, the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, and the Santa Anita Derby.  Each of these contests awards KD points on a 100-40-20-10 scale, which assures the top two finishers a chance to Run For The Roses on May fourth. The Wood Memorial Stakes  New York’s premier KD Prep Race is contested … Continue reading The Road Continues…

Florida Derby Field

Here is a brief look at the field entered for the Million Dollar, Grade One, Florida Derby which is being contested this Saturday at Gulfstream Park. 1.  HIDDEN SCROLL  (5-2) Jockey:  Javier Castellano Trainer:  Bill Mott Career record:  2 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds   2.  CURRENT  (15-1) Jockey:  Manny Franco Trainer:  Todd Pletcher Career record:  6 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 2 thirds   … Continue reading Florida Derby Field

Florida Derby

The Derby Trail continues with a stop at Gulfstream Park this Saturday for the Florida Derby.  In recent history, no KD Prep-Race has produced more Kentucky Derby Winners than this Grade 1, Million Dollar Contest. MONARCHOS (2001), BARBARO (2006), BIG BROWN (2008), ORB (2013), NYQUIST (2016), and ALWAYS DREAMING (2017) all used their Florida Derby triumphs as springboards to glory on the first Saturday in May, so if you’re looking for a horse who can … Continue reading Florida Derby

The Louisiana Derby

The Major 2019 Kentucky Derby Prep-Races begin Saturday, when the Fair Grounds hosts the Grade 2, $1 Million Dollar Louisiana Derby, offering qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 basis to its first four finishers.  It is run at a distance of a Mile & 1/8 with a scheduled Post Time of 6:13 Eastern Time. WAR OF WILL is squarely the horse to beat, as he has already taken the local Lecomte … Continue reading The Louisiana Derby

Louisiana Derby By The Numbers

Two-time Louisiana Derby winning jockey Rosie Napravnik is pictured in the winner’s circle with PANTS ON FIRE in 2011.   The Kentucky Derby is less than seven weeks away, and the final round of Prep Races kicks off this Saturday in New Orleans.  The Louisiana Derby at the Fairgrounds offers KD qualifying points and a hefty purse for 3-year-old Derby hopefuls, including WAR OF WILL, COUNTRY HOUSE, and SPINOFF. To get ready for this … Continue reading Louisiana Derby By The Numbers

Santa Anita Update

The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) and The Stronach Group, which operates Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields reached a historic agreement on March 16th that will serve to protect the safety and welfare of horses and riders in the Golden State.  This collective mandate enacts the most stringent medication policy in North America. Santa Anita, Golden Gate and the TOC have agreed to the following initiatives for racing and … Continue reading Santa Anita Update

Rebel Yell

The Daily Racing Blog has decided to take a closer look at the 2nd Division flight of the two races that will comprise the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Saturday.  We feel this field is deeper than the first flight and the favorite(s) more vulnerable, therefore offering us a better shot at finding a Value play. GAME WINNER is the prohibitive favorite in the second division of the mile … Continue reading Rebel Yell

Rebel Rebel

When Santa Anita Park temporarily closed down for racing and training last week it left some horsemen in a bit of a bind.  It is getting late in the Kentucky Derby Prep-Race season and there were some KD contenders who didn’t get to run last week when the San Felipe Stakes (G2) was cancelled.   Oaklawn Park  didn’t feel that was right, so they stepped up and opened this Saturday’s Rebel Stakes (G2) to any … Continue reading Rebel Rebel

Safer Santa Anita?

Racing at Santa Anita Park should resume around March 22, according to track officials.  Upon their return, horses and their connections will find much needed changes in place regarding the safety of the horses and riders.  Tim Rivito, the Chief Operating Officer of the group that operates the facility, talked about the changes: “The safety of our equine and human athletes remains our highest priority.  … Continue reading Safer Santa Anita?