Lady and The Track | June 28, 2017

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Diamond Jubilee Stakes Highlights Royal Ascot Closing Day

June 24, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Saturday marks the final day of the prestigious annual Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse outside London and after a week of fallen records, both in temperatures and course records, only one Group 1 race remains on the six-race closing day card. The weather has returned to more typical London-type conditions and […]

Dartmouth Seeks to Defend Title in Hardwicke

June 23, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A field of 14 will go postward in the third race on closing day at Royal Ascot — the 1 ½-mile Hardwicke Stakes (GII) for 4-year-olds and upward. The Queen’s Dartmouth, who won this event last year, is back to defend his title off a win in the Yorkshire Cup (GII) at […]

Breeders’ Cup Champs Take Spotlight in Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot

June 20, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom The heat and firm course conditions continue at Royal Ascot for Wednesday’s six-race card, which features four group events and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (GI) as the main event of the day. The 1 ¼-mile affair, named in 1892 for the Prince of Wales and now run in honor of the […]

Gun Runner, Bird Song Lead Foster Field

June 16, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Saturday’s $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) at Churchill Downs marks the last grade 1 of the rich spring meet at the Louisville oval, but it also represents one of the last true handicaps left in North America. This year a field of eight will race the nine furlongs, with all of them […]

Twelve Take On Last Triple Crown Jewel in Belmont Stakes

June 9, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom This year marks the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes, the final jewel of the Triple Crown and the oldest of the three races. This race is known for a lot of things — from being the crowning glory of a grueling five-week race series to being a crushing spoiler for runners […]

Ten Set for Racing’s Second Triple Crown Jewel

May 20, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Today, a field of ten 3-year-olds, including the reigning Kentucky Derby (GI) winner, will race 1 3/16 miles in the 142ndrunning of the Preakness Stakes (GI), well known as the second jewel to the coveted Triple Crown. Always Dreaming shipped to Maryland to prepare for Pimlico’s most historic and prestigious race two […]

Using Trends That Matter to Handicap the Preakness Stakes

May 17, 2017 |

By Noel Michaels Following a 2017 Kentucky Derby that lacked a clear-cut favorite going in, but featured a potential superstar coming out in the form of impressive winner Always Dreaming, the Preakness Stakes features a field of ten. Of the 9 challengers expected to face Always Dreaming, five are coming out of the Kentucky Derby, while […]

Champion Classic Empire Favored in Kentucky Derby 143

May 5, 2017 |

(Churchill Downs Press Release) John Oxley’s Classic Empire, the unanimous Eclipse Award selection as champion 2-year-old of 2016 and a three-time Grade I winner, has been established as the 4-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 20 3-year-olds and two also-eligibles entered for Saturday’s 143rd running of the $2,395,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands […]

Full Field Set for Kentucky Oaks

May 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom If anyone thought that somehow, by virtue of Unique Bella’s defection from this year’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI) due to injury, the race lots its luster, nothing could be further from the truth. A top-notch, talent-filled field will line up and face the starter for the Run for the Lilies, including […]

Classic Empire Returns in Arkansas Derby With Much to Prove

April 15, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Just three weeks remain between now and the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby (GI) at Churchill Downs and a field of 12, many of which have their connections scrambling to earn enough points to make the starting gate for the Run for the Roses, has been entered for the $1 million […]