Lady and The Track | December 14, 2018

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Final Major Derby Draws Full Field At Parx

September 22, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom The Pennsylvania Derby (GI), held every September at Parx Racing, is for many a last-ditch effort to get a rich Derby win for the best of the year’s sophomore crop. With Triple Crown winner Justify safely tucked away at Ashford Stud in Kentucky, ready to embark on his next career as a […]

Cotillion Features Best Sophomore Fillies In Training

September 22, 2018 |

  Top Three Kentucky Oaks Finishers Back For Rematch By Margaret Ransom Though the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win & You’re In” series is taking a brief respite this weekend, that’s not to say that the World Championships won’t be front and center, especially at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania where a rich 13-race card with more than $2.55 […]

Juvenile Fillies Star On Both Coasts Saturday

August 31, 2018 |

  Del Mar Debutante, Spinaway Will Decide Division Leaders From New York and California By Margaret Ransom After an amazing summer so far, the Labor Day weekend marks the closing days of two of America’s premier racetracks — Saratoga and Del Mar. And, perhaps, the most exciting the thing about closing weekends at both tracks […]

Eight Names Entered For Del Mar’s Pat O’Brien

August 25, 2018 |

  Leading Candidate Ransom The Moon, Others Expected To Scratch By Margaret Ransom The names of eight horses were dropped into Del Mar’s entry box for Saturday’s $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2), with six runners coming from the barn of two leading trainers — John Sadler and Phil D’Amato. Agave Racing’s Bing Crosby Stakes (G2) […]

Pacific Classic Undercard Features Offer Tremendous Value

August 18, 2018 |

Del Mar’s Spotlight Race Saturday Supported By Three Top Graded Stakes By Derek Simon Saturday’s Del Mar feature races are the Del Mar Handicap, a 1 3/8-mile turf affair for older horses, and the Del Mar Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile turf event for sophomore fillies. Both offer full fields and both appear to contain vulnerable favorite. […]

Five Set To Race Six Furlongs In Del Mar’s Best Pal

August 10, 2018 |

OXO Colt Stands Out After Maiden Score By Margaret Ransom Saturday’s $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (G2) at Del Mar is the first main graded stakes event for 2-year-olds in Southern California and also a first glimpse into the future star quality of the juvenile crop racing in the Golden State and, perhaps, a first look at an […]

Pletcher Seeks Sixth Adirondack Victory With Talented Duo

August 10, 2018 |

Juvenile Fillies Will Race 6 1/2 Furlongs By Margaret Ransom Trainer Todd Pletcher, who has won five previous editions of the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes (G2) at Saratoga (including the last two), will send out a pair of talented fillies in search of his sixth winner in the 6 ½-furlong feature for juvenile fillies. Four other […]

Sorrento Cuts Back In Distance, Draws Ten

August 5, 2018 |

Maiden Bellafina Is Early Favorite By Margaret Ransom A field of ten 2-year-old fillies will race 6 furlongs in the 33rd running of the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (GII) at Del Mar on Sunday — a race which serves as the traditional prep for the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (GI) on Sept. 1. Hall of Fame trainer […]

Test A Strong Undercard Feature For Whitney

August 4, 2018 |

  Nine Fillies Set For the Seven Furlongs By Margaret Ransom A field of nine sophomore fillies is expected to head postward and tackle the seven-furlong distance of the $500,000 Test Stakes (GI) Saturday at Saratoga. The Whitney Stakes (GI) undercard feature serves as the primary prep for the main event for fillies at the […]

Unique Bella Towers Over Hirsch Rivals

July 29, 2018 |

  Tapit Filly Seeks Third Grade 1 And A Breeders’ Cup Distaff Berth By Margaret Ransom A compact but talented field of six will square off in Sunday’s $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (GI) at Del Mar, the 2018 meeting’s second Breeders’ Cup Championship “Win and You’re In” event — this one guaranteeing a spot […]