Lady and The Track | March 19, 2018

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Race Of The Week: Rebel Stakes

March 16, 2018 |

By Derek Simon I’m zip for my last nine picks and now have a negative overall ROI (-10 percent) on the Race of the Week, so I was kind of hoping for a slam-dunk selection this week. Apparently, the Racing Gods hate me. As it turns out, the Rebel Stakes (G2), a prep for the […]

Jeff Ruby Steaks Draws Twelve Looking For Derby Points

March 16, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom A full field of 12 is expected to head postward in Saturday’s inaugural running of the Jeff Ruby Steaks (GIII) at Turfway Park, this year’s rebranding of the Kentucky Derby (GI) prep race known previously as the Spiral Stakes, Jim Beam Stakes, Lane’s End Stakes and, once, the Stakes. Jeff Ruby’s […]

Simon Says: Stop It! Justify Is Not Going To Win The Kentucky Derby!

March 16, 2018 |

By Derek Simon I’ve heard all the hyperbole. I’ve seen all the comparisons to great Kentucky Derby champions of the past. But I’m here to tell you that Justify will not win the 2018 Kentucky Derby — or at least he shouldn’t be a short price to do so. The fact that the Bob Baffert-trained […]

Masochistic To Mulhall For Second Career

March 12, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Los Pollos Hermanos and Jay Em Ess Stable’s Grade 1 winner Masochistic, who was retired on Sunday after finishing in front of just one rival in the Sensational Star Stakes for California-breds at Santa Anita, will begin his second career as a riding horse under the care of trainer Kristin Mulhall, the […]

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. […]