Lady and The Track | February 18, 2018

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Race of the Week: Risen Star Stakes

February 16, 2018 |

By Derek Simon There’s a scene in “Bad Boys 2” in which Martin Lawrence turns to Will Smith and says, “[Expletive] just got real.” That’s how I feel about the Road to the Kentucky Derby, which winds through Louisiana on Saturday where the first of the 85-point races (50 points to the winner) takes place at […]

Race Of The Week: Sam F. Davis Stakes

February 9, 2018 |

By Derek Simon I have long believed that the key to consistently making money at the races is constructing good bets and, for the first time since US Racing launched the Race of the Week promotion, I think I failed in that endeavor last week. And I don’t say this because my top selection in the Holy […]

Race Of The Week: Will There Be A Shocker In The Holy Bull?

February 2, 2018 |

By Derek Simon My top selection, West Coast, gave it his all in last weekend’s Race of the Week — the $16.3 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park — but he couldn’t catch Gun Runner, who won his swan song by 2 ½ lengths and retired as North America’s second-richest racehorse of all time with $15,988,500 […]

Pegasus World Cup Analysis

January 27, 2018 |

By Derek Simon This week’s Race of the Week is the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes. And while this year’s $16 million Gulfstream Park feature may lack the luster of last year’s inaugural event, which featured a Breeders’ Cup Class rematch between the reigning Horse of the Year Arrogate and California Chrome, who was […]

Is Mask A Contender Or Pretender On Kentucky Derby Trail

January 10, 2018 |

By Derek Simon Is he worthy of all the hype? In a word, no. Look, I get it. Mask won the Mucho Macho Man by 6 ¼ lengths — under wraps — and earned a 100 Brisnet Speed Figure (BSF) in the process. Over the past 26 years, 23 winners of the Run for the […]

The Greatest Kentucky Derby Myth of All

December 14, 2017 |

One of the things I find fascinating about horseracing — well, life, really — is what folks accept as true that isn’t. Conclusions that seem logical are often considered fact regardless of how strong or weak the supporting data is — or whether there is any supporting data at all. Take, for example, the popular […]

Gun Runner Wins Breeders’ Cup Classic in Decisive Fashion

November 5, 2017 |

By Derek Simon For much of the year, the Horse of the Year debate was no debate at all. It was Arrogate and everybody else. After a scintillating performance in the Dubai World Cup, Bob Baffert’s stable star was the horse that every other horse wanted to be when it grew up. He was American […]

Why El Deal Is No Bargain in Vosburgh

September 29, 2017 |

By Derek Simon Although the winner of the Vosburgh Stakes (GI), scheduled to be run for the 78th time on Saturday at Belmont Park, has gone on to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint just once (Artax, 1999), the race has featured a number of great champions. In addition to Champion Sprinters Kodiak Kowboy (2009), the aforementioned […]

Aussie Star Winx Exposes Racetrack Myth

September 26, 2017 |

I love Winx. Not just because the Australian super mare has won 24 of 30 lifetime races, including her last 20 in a row. And not because she has a turn of foot that reminds me of myself in my 20s when the bartender yelled “last call.” No, I love Winx because she proves my point […]

Will a Huge Longshot Win The Travers?

August 26, 2017 |

By Derek Simon January 1 is the official birthdate of all thoroughbred racehorses; January 2 is the day many people claim they liked the future Kentucky Derby champ; and January 3 is when some pundits proclaim that the (future) 3-year-old crop is “weak” based on a variety of factors proven to be just slightly more accurate than the old […]