Lady and The Track | February 18, 2019

Scroll to top

Top

Stakes Previews

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 […]

Expert Picks for Saturday’s Big Stakes Races – 4/8/17

April 7, 2017 |

By John DaSilva WOOD MEMORIAL (AQUEDUCT) 7 – Cloud Computing – Should stalk a good pace and take over the lead in the stretch drive to gain his first stakes victory, earning 100 points and qualifying for the Kentucky Derby. The Chad Brown trainee is coming off an excellent effort when second in the Grade […]

Thirteen Take Stab at Wide Open Santa Anita Derby

April 7, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A nearly full field of 13 sophomores will head postward in the 81st running of the Santa Anita Derby (GI), which has been carded as Saturday’s eighth race at the Great Race Place and will go off at 3:30 PT. The rather large field is filled with runners who otherwise we’d logically […]

Mo Town, Irish War Cry Seek Redemption in Wood

April 7, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon It’s been 17 years since a Wood Memorial Stakes (GII) winner went on to win the Kentucky Derby (GI) (Fusaichi Pegasus) and before that there was a 19-year gap. This year, Irish War Cry and Mo Town will look to not only buck that trend, but also to rebound from disappointing finishes […]