Lady and The Track | March 23, 2019

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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 […]

Race Of The Week: Fountain of Youth Stakes

March 2, 2018 |

By Derek Simon After a brief stop in Nebraska for the Maxxam Gold Cup, the Road to the Kentucky Derby resumes this week with a biggie — the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. In addition to luring last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and American Champion Two-Year-Old Male Horse Good Magic, who has […]

Dream Tree Looks To Grow Oaks Roots In Santa Ysabel

March 2, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom On Saturday, while all eyes watch champion Good Magic return to action in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (GII) at Gulfstream Park, potential superstar Dream Tree will put her undefeated record on the line in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita as she makes her way toward potentially being […]

Road To The Roses: Lukas Looking For Another Derby Score

March 2, 2018 |

By Michael Dempsey No trainer in the history of the Kentucky Derby (G1) has started more runners than D. Wayne Lukas, and it looks as if the 82-year-old trainer will pad that total this year with a pair of promising 3-year-olds in his barn. The Hall of Fame trainer saddled Risen Star (G2) upset winner […]

Ransom Notes: Where Have All The Stars Gone?

February 27, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Question: Does anyone miss Gun Runner? What about Arrogate, Songbird, or even California Chrome? Has anyone really recovered from the retirement of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah after his record-setting sophomore year? Honestly, has anyone else noticed that, right now, in this game we all love, we are suffering from a significant […]

Race Of The Week: Maxxam Gold Cup

February 24, 2018 |

By Derek Simon Well, after a string of great races for the sophomore set, this week the Road to the Kentucky Derby winds through Nebraska — which is just a clever way of saying that there isn’t a big Kentucky Derby prep this weekend. (No knock to you Nebraskans out there, but if you’ve ever traveled through the Cornhusker […]

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 […]