Lady and The Track | June 18, 2019

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First Big Sophomore Matchup Produces Big Drama In San Felipe

March 11, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Saturday’s $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita Park marked the first big matchup of the best 3-year-old Kentucky Derby (GI) hopefuls in the west in Bolt D’Oro and McKinize. And when all was said and done and the dust settled, racing fans clamoring for some excitement were not disappointed. At the finish […]

Race Of The Week: Gotham Stakes

March 9, 2018 |

By Derek Simon The Kentucky Derby preps get underway in earnest this weekend with three graded stakes races for 3-year-olds scheduled to take place in a 22-minute span on Saturday. The festivities start at 3:20 p.m. Eastern with the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), which drew Flameaway, Vino Rossi and World of Trouble. That race is followed by […]

Tampa Bay Derby Set For Saturday

March 9, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Eleven 3-year-olds were entered for Saturday’s $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (GII), the centerpiece the Tampa Bay Downs winter racing season. The 1 1/16-mile race offers 50 points to the winner, as well as 20, 10 and 5 to the next three finishers, to make the gate for the Kentucky Derby […]

San Felipe Matches Best In The West

March 9, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Eight sophomores, including an Eclipse Award finalist, will race 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita Park. This year’s 82nd running of San Felipe is a critical California prep for the Kentucky Derby in that it offers 50 coveted points and establishes the winner as the Golden […]

Simon Says: What To Make Of The Kentucky Derby Preps

March 8, 2018 |

By Derek Simon Kentucky Derby Preps That Are Safe to Ignore Starting in about two weeks, the real Kentucky Derby preps begin — the 170-point affairs that not only assure the winners a spot in the Churchill Downs starting gate on the first Saturday in May, but also serve (in most cases) as the horses’ final tune-up. […]

Promises Fulfilled Posts Upset In Fountain Of Youth

March 4, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Robert J. Baron’s Promises Fulfilled broke smartly from the far outside post position (10), sped to the lead and never looked back, cruising to a to a 2 ¼-length score in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (GII) at Gulfstream Park under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. In doing so, the Dale Romans […]

Kentucky Derby Road: Where Things Stand

February 24, 2018 |

By Noel Michaels Handicappers and horse racing fans are stuck in a holding pattern with just a little more than two months to go until the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Derby watchers are playing a waiting game on two fronts: 1) We are still waiting for last year’s top juveniles to make their 3-year-old […]

Ten To Line Up For Southwest on Presidents’ Day Holiday

February 19, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Monday marks the 53rd running of the Southwest Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park, the traditional prep for the Rebel Stakes (GII) in a month and also the Arkansas Derby (GI) in April. Though only Smarty Jones in 2004 made it to the coveted Churchill Downs winner’s circle reserved for only one very […]

Ransom Notes: Modern-Day Kanthaka A Kentucky Derby Contender

February 18, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Tibetan and Buddhist history remembers the sixth-century horse Kanthaka as “a favorite horse of length eighteen cubits (27 feet) who was a royal servant of Prince Siddhartha.” Legend has it that because their bond was so strong after the death of Siddhartha, who eventually became the sage Buddha, Kanthaka died of a broken […]

Bravazo Surges To Kentucky Derby Points Lead With Risen Star Victory

February 18, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Calumet Farm’s homebred Bravazo earned his first career graded stakes score and 50 points toward making the gate for the Kentucky Derby with a nose victory in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds on Saturday. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained son of Awesome Again was ridden by Miguel Mena, who […]