Lady and The Track | June 19, 2018

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Race Of The Week: Stephen Foster Handicap

June 16, 2018 |

  Handicap Stars Attempt To Secure Breeders’ Cup Berth By Derek Simon It’s a great day of racing at Churchill Downs on Saturday, with five graded stakes on tap, including the Grade 2 Wise Dan, which drew last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile champ World Approval, and the Matt Winn, a Grade 3 affair that lured […]

Fleur De Lis Ladies Dreaming Of Breeders’ Cup Flowers

June 16, 2018 |

  Nine To Race Under The Churchill Downs Lights By Margaret Ransom North American-based distaffers get their first crack at qualifying for the Nov. 3 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI) in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (GII) on the Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) undercard on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. This year’s Breeders’ Cup will, […]

Chocolate Martini Headlines Summertime Oaks At Santa Anita

June 15, 2018 |

  Six Set for Santa Anita Sophomore Filly Feature By Margaret Ransom The $200,000 Summertime Oaks (GII) will be run for the fifth time at Santa Anita Park on Saturday after being transferred from Hollywood Park when it closed in 2013. Formerly known as the Hollywood Oaks, the race kept its 1 1/16-mile distance as well as […]

Breeders’ Cup Challenge 2018 “Win & You’re In” Races

June 13, 2018 |

Breeders’ Cup Challenge 2018 “Win and You’re In” Races: The 2018 Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” series features 81 races from racetracks around the world, including 62 grade 1 events. Horses and their connections will look to secure a spot in the running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held […]

Justify Achieves Immortality As Racing’s 13th Triple Crown Winner

June 10, 2018 |

  Chestnut Colt Joins Exclusive and Legendary Club By Margaret Ransom There was a good reason why there were only 12. Since Sir Barton in 1919 became the first winner of the three races now known as horse racing’s Triple Crown – The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes – only 11 […]

What You Need To Know About Betting The Belmont Stakes

June 9, 2018 |

  Handicapping The Longest Triple Crown Race Takes Some Finesse By Derek Simon Of all the Triple Crown races, the Belmont Stakes is probably the most “normal” from a betting standpoint. In Louisville, the emphasis is on improvement — a quest for horses that are ready to deliver a top effort on the first Saturday […]

Gomez ‘Touching The Sky’ With Justify

June 9, 2018 |

Longtime Exercise Rider Living His Dreams With Special Colt By Margaret Ransom The truth is, exercise riders are oftentimes among the unsung heroes of the racing game. While the owners pay the bills and stand proudly in the winner’s circle, the trainers receive the praise for expert conditioning and the jockeys book endorsements and bask […]

Nine Try To Deny Justify A Triple Crown In Belmont Stakes

June 8, 2018 |

Dual Classic Winner Looks To Become 13th Triple Crown Winner By Margaret Ransom It hardly seems like three years since the world witnessed American Pharoah capture the first Triple Crown in 37 years, but here we are again with Justify, as he attempts to become the 13th horse in history to win all three jewels — […]

Why Breeding Doesn’t Mean A Thing In The Triple Crown Races

June 7, 2018 |

  Dosage Not A Predictable Factor For Belmont Winners By Derek Simon Almost since the beginning of time, man has been fascinated by artificial selection — the idea that through careful manipulation of the breeding process, one can achieve a more desirable result, whether that be a better-tasting broccoli, a fatter cow or a seedless […]

Ransom Notes: All Aboard The Justify Bandwagon, I Am Honored To Be Your Driver

June 6, 2018 |

  Who is Ready For a 13th Triple Crown Winner? I Am! By Margaret Ransom I confess, I’m pretty excited. I am excited to think that Justify may be the next Triple Crown winner. And I really believe it, so much so that I am to the point that — against my better judgment and […]