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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pegasus World Cup Analysis

January 27, 2018 |

By Derek Simon This week’s USRacing.com Race of the Week is the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes. And while this year’s $16 million Gulfstream Park feature may lack the luster of last year’s inaugural event, which featured a Breeders’ Cup Class rematch between the reigning Horse of the Year Arrogate and California Chrome, who was […]

Don’t Dismiss Gunnevera In Pegasus World Cup

January 27, 2018 |

By Maria Oachs If you told me a year ago that I would eventually come to respect and admire millionaire Gunnevera as a racehorse, I wouldn’t have believed you. I didn’t notice him until the winter of the 2017 Kentucky Derby (GI) trail, and I honestly didn’t find him impressive. Bought for $16,000 at the […]

Does Class Matter In Graded Stakes? The Results May Shock You

January 26, 2018 |

By Derek Simon A long time ago, I read a handicapping book — for the life of me, I can’t remember the title — that made the point that previous stakes winners had a huge advantage in added-money races. And while I’ve never been dogmatic about it, I do think it makes sense, especially in graded events […]

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 […]

Jerome Draws Eight With Derby Hopes

January 13, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom The Jerome Stakes (GIII), the second-oldest stakes race in the country, was several years ago moved to January on the New York racing calendar in order for it to serve as a Kentucky Derby (GI) prep. And though no winner has emerged to even place in any of the Triple Crown races since that […]