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 […]

Racing Gods Offer Twist Of Fortune For Kanthaka In San Vicente

February 11, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom West Point Thoroughbreds’ Kanthaka may not have earned any points toward making the gate for the May 5 Kentucky Derby with his impressive upset in Saturday’s $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita, but he sure signaled it’s just a matter of time. In his stakes debut, the handsome son of […]

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 […]

Audible’s Derby Intentions Heard Loud And Clear With Holy Bull Win

February 4, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom China Horse Club International, SF Racing and WinStar Farm’s Audible ran right into the South Florida Kentucky Derby (GI) picture with an impressive 5 ½-length romp in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (GII) at Gulfstream Park under Javier Castellano. In doing so, the son of Into Mischief, who is trained by Todd […]

Lombo Scores In Lewis, Earns First Derby Points

February 4, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Michael V. Lombardi’s Lombo set sail for the lead right from the break and never looked back en route to a two-length score in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita. In doing so, the Mike Pender-trained son of Graydar earned 10 points toward making the Kentucky Derby (GI) […]

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 […]

Six Square Off In Aqueduct’s Withers

February 2, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom The Withers Stakes (GIII), which will be contested over Aqueduct’s main track on Saturday, is one of the oldest stakes for 3-year-olds contested in the country. Since it was first run in 1899 and won by Jean Bereaud, some highly talented sophomores have added their names to the winners’ list, including Colin, Sir […]

Give Peace A Chance In Robert Lewis

February 2, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom A field of nine newly turned 3-year-olds, none to have yet reached the winner’s circle as a stakes winner, will line up and face the starter in Saturday’s $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita, the second main prep on the Southern California racing calendar with implications for the first […]

Mourinho Kicks Clear For Smarty Jones Victory

January 15, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ Mourinho earned his first stakes victory and stamped himself a legitimate Kentucky Derby (GI) contender on Monday with his impressive wire-to-wire victory by 3 ¼ lengths in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The Bob Baffert trainee was ridden to victory by regular jockey Drayden VanDyke and earned […]

Smarty Jones Stakes Highlights Great Holiday Card at Oaklawn Park

January 15, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom The route through Arkansas on the Kentucky Derby (GI) trail gets underway today with the 11th running of the Smarty Jones Stakes, named for the much beloved 2004 Derby and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner who swept the Southwest Stakes (GIII), Rebel Stakes (GII) and Arkansas Derby (GI) en route to dual classic winner […]