Lady and The Track | April 21, 2018

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Unique Bella Towers Over Six Rivals In Apple Blossom

April 13, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Champion Unique Bella — in her first start outside of her home state of California — has been installed the favorite for the $700,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (GI) for older fillies and mares today at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Owned by Don Alberto Stable and trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, Unique Bella […]

Race Of The Week: Wood Memorial

April 6, 2018 |

By Derek Simon This Saturday is “Super Saturday,” as three Grade I races offering 170 Road-to-the-Kentucky-Derby points take place. Aqueduct features the Wood Memorial, where Enticed, winner of the Gotham (G3) has been made the 6-5 morning line favorite; Keeneland, which opens on Friday, is the site of the Blue Grass Stakes (weather permitting), where […]

Santa Anita Derby A West Coast Showdown Between Veteran, Neophyte

April 6, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom A field of seven sophomores, including a well-regarded seasoned veteran in Bolt D’Oro and a highly touted new shooter in Justify — both considered to be legitimate Kentucky Derby (GI) contenders — will head postward in the 82nd running of the Santa Anita Derby (GI) on Saturday, the final Kentucky Derby prep […]

Blue Grass Draws Full Field Searching For Kentucky Derby Points

April 5, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom A field of 15 was entered for Saturday’s $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (GII) at Keeneland, the last main prep in the state for the Kentucky Derby (GI) down the highway at Churchill Downs in four weeks. The Blue Grass, for the most part, has been a bit quiet recently as far […]

Race Of The Week: Florida Derby

March 30, 2018 |

By Derek Simon Since 1997, five of the 38 Kentucky Derby entrants that competed in the Florida Derby won the Run for the Roses, making it the single most productive prep over the past 21 years. (The Santa Anita Derby has also produced five Kentucky Derby winners, but from 56 starters.) This year, a field […]

Forever Unbridled Out For History In Dubai World Cup

March 30, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom For a race in the middle of the Arabian desert, the Dubai World Cup (GI) has always managed to draw fairly full fields of the world’s top handicap stars. And this year is no different, as 10 are set to race under the lights of Meydan Racecourse for the winner’s share of […]

Race Of The Week: Louisiana Derby

March 23, 2018 |

By Derek Simon No horse that used the Louisiana Derby (G2) as its final Kentucky Derby prep has ever gone on to wear the roses on the first Saturday in May and this edition of the race demonstrates why. It’s not exactly a who’s who of racing royalty. Yeah, trainer Todd Pletcher has a couple of entries […]

Guide To The 105th Louisiana Derby At Fair Grounds

March 21, 2018 |

By Annie Johnson Editor, Antebellum Turf Times Our guide to the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby will make anyone an expert on the history of the state’s richest thoroughbred race, to be held for the 105th time on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Post time for the Derby, which has been scheduled as race 11 on the 14-race card, […]

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 galleryfurniture.com Stakes. Jeff Ruby’s […]