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Arrogate Stands Out In San Diego Handicap Return

July 20, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom When the field for Saturday’s $300,000 TVG San Diego Handicap (GII) at Del Mar was drawn on Wednesday, not too many people were surprised to learn that only five will line up and face Juddmonte Farms’ handicap division leader Arrogate. North America’s richest racehorse, with more than $17 million in earnings, the […]

Del Mar Set For 78th Season of Summer Racing

July 18, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom An outstanding 10-race card, led by the traditional opening day feature, the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes for sophomore turf runners, kicks off the 2017 summer meet at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Solana Beach, CA, on Wednesday. Running for the 78th season, the track where the turf literally meets the surf and one […]

Songbird Stands Out In Delaware Handicap

July 14, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A field of just six will line up and race the classic distance of 1 ¼ miles in Saturday’s $750,000 Delaware Handicap (GI) at Delaware Park, a rare handicap for distaffers, and all eyes will be on dual champion Songbird. Unfortunately, the race looks on paper to be a one-horse affair and while […]

Mind Your Biscuits A Tasty Treat in Belmont Sprint

July 8, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire and fan favorite Mind Your Biscuits likely isn’t just the featured player in Saturday’s Belmont Sprint Championship (GII) on the Stars and Stripes Festival cared, he might actually be the marquee name on the entire day as he makes his first start since his dominating three-length romp in […]

Twelve Fillies Vie For A Million Bucks in Belmont Oaks

July 7, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom At Belmont Park on Saturday, Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown will tighten the girths on a quartet of talented fillies for the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (GIT), a 1 ¼-mile test for sophomore fillies that drew a field of contenders from around the globe. Brown is seeking his third win in four […]

A Closer Look at Arlington Million Preview Day

July 7, 2017 |

By Matt Hess Summer is starting to heat up here in Chicagoland, and so is the racing at Arlington International Racecourse. The biggest race day of the year is, of course, the Grade I Arlington Million.  But this weekend’s Million Preview Day will feature some racing that may be just as compelling. For the fifth […]

Belmont Derby Stars in Stars and Stripes Festival at Belmont

July 7, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Saturday’s talent-filled Stars and Stripes Racing Festival at Belmont Park, which offers an amazing five graded stakes worth purses of $3.7 million, takes the thoroughbred racing spotlight on Saturday. The internationally popular event is led by the featured $1.2 million Belmont Derby (GIT) and $1 million Belmont Oaks (GIT) and is supported […]

Queen’s Plate Kicks of Canadian Triple Crown

July 2, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Today marks the 158th running of the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine, the most prestigious race for sophomores contested north of the border and also the race with the longest consecutively run streak in North America. Named for the sitting monarch in Britain (currently a queen, will revert to the King’s Plate when […]

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 […]