Lady and The Track | July 12, 2020

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Breeders’ Cup

Filly Stands Out In Delayed Blue Grass Stakes

July 10, 2020 |

  Thirteen Will Run In Search Of Derby Points By Margaret Ransom A field of 13 was entered for Saturday’s $600,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GII) at Keeneland, the signature event at the Lexington, Kentucky, oval every spring and though slightly delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic remains a significant stop on the Road to […]

Del Mar Summer Meet May Look Different, But Racing Quality Stays Exceptional

July 9, 2020 |

    More Weeks, Fewer Days Takes Nothing From Quality Racing By Margaret Ransom The 81st season of summer racing at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California, gets underway on Friday with an opening day card made up of 10 races, including the featured $100,000 Runhappy Oceanside Stakes, the traditional first race […]

Five-Day Keeneland Summer Meet Set to Open Wednesday

July 7, 2020 |

    Full cards, full fields likely; Owners to have limited access By Margaret Ransom Keeneland will open its gates for racing in 2020 finally on Wednesday with an abbreviated five-day meet acting as a shorter substitute for the usual fireworks-filled three-week Spring season, which was cancelled earlier this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. […]

McKinzie Set To Make History In Already Historical Met Mile

July 3, 2020 |

      Baffert Runner Seeks Rare Grade 1 Win in fourth consecutive year By Margaret Ransom There’s an old saying in racing about horses known as milers eventually becoming top stallions. It’s hard to attribute the sentiment to anyone in particular, but theories seem to bounce from John Nerud to John Gaines and even […]

Remembering Frank Alexander

June 30, 2020 |

  By Cathy Riccio We lost an old school horseman last week. Frank Alexander, whose trainees won just under a thousand races in his career – 997 – and earned more than $28.5 million, passed away in South Florida at the age of 83. Alexander retired in 2012 after a 42-year career that included champions […]

Belmont 2020 Still a Classic Despite the Different Look

June 19, 2020 |

      Ten To Contest The First Leg Of The Triple Crown By Margaret Ransom Saturday marks the 152nd running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes (GI) at Belmont Park, which thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic and the suspension of all three Triple Crown races, will for the first time serve as first leg […]

Authentic Favored Against Six In Santa Anita Derby

June 5, 2020 |

    San Felipe Winner Returns In Rematch By Margaret Ransom Better late than never. Saturday’s $400,000 Santa Anita Derby (GI) is certainly a classic example of the old cliché, but even though the race was delayed two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it drew a strong and talented field of seven talented sophomores […]

Live Racing Finally Returns To The Big Apple Wednesday

June 1, 2020 |

    Beaugay Stakes Featuring Rushing Fall, Got Stormy Is Opening Day Feature By Margaret Ransom Live racing returns to Belmont Park on Wednesday, June 3, after a 2 ½ month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a 10-race card featuring the $100,000 Beaugay Stakes (GIIIT), a 1 1/16-mile event set to be contested […]

Maxfield Favored For Long-Awaited Return In Matt Winn at Churchill Downs

May 21, 2020 |

      Eighty Five Points On The Line For Churchill’s First Own 2020 Derby Prep By Margaret Ransom Godolphin’s homebred Maxfield, unraced since winning the Breeders’ Futurity (GI) at Keeneland nearly eight months ago, will face 11 other sophomores in Saturday’s $150,000 Matt Winn Stakes (GIII), presented by Woodford Reserve, on Saturday at Churchill […]

Churchill Downs Set For 2020 Return, 11-Race Card Packed With Talent

May 12, 2020 |

  Fan-Favored Monomoy Girl Makes First Start in 18 Months By Margaret Ransom Champion Monomoy Girl will make her long-awaited return to action as one of the 162 horses expected to run on Saturday’s opening day card for the 2020 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs. Eleven races were drawn, which boasts an average field size […]