Lady and The Track | February 18, 2019

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Pletcher Seeks Sixth Adirondack Victory With Talented Duo

August 10, 2018 |

Juvenile Fillies Will Race 6 1/2 Furlongs By Margaret Ransom Trainer Todd Pletcher, who has won five previous editions of the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes (G2) at Saratoga (including the last two), will send out a pair of talented fillies in search of his sixth winner in the 6 ½-furlong feature for juvenile fillies. Four other […]

Sorrento Cuts Back In Distance, Draws Ten

August 5, 2018 |

Maiden Bellafina Is Early Favorite By Margaret Ransom A field of ten 2-year-old fillies will race 6 furlongs in the 33rd running of the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (GII) at Del Mar on Sunday — a race which serves as the traditional prep for the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (GI) on Sept. 1. Hall of Fame trainer […]

Test A Strong Undercard Feature For Whitney

August 4, 2018 |

  Nine Fillies Set For the Seven Furlongs By Margaret Ransom A field of nine sophomore fillies is expected to head postward and tackle the seven-furlong distance of the $500,000 Test Stakes (GI) Saturday at Saratoga. The Whitney Stakes (GI) undercard feature serves as the primary prep for the main event for fillies at the […]

Unique Bella Towers Over Hirsch Rivals

July 29, 2018 |

  Tapit Filly Seeks Third Grade 1 And A Breeders’ Cup Distaff Berth By Margaret Ransom A compact but talented field of six will square off in Sunday’s $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (GI) at Del Mar, the 2018 meeting’s second Breeders’ Cup Championship “Win and You’re In” event — this one guaranteeing a spot […]

Race Of The Week: Haskell Invitational

July 29, 2018 |

  Champion Good Magic Is Early Favorite By Derek Simon This week’s US Racing Race of the Week is the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. This is a race that some thought might be a landing spot for Justify, given trainer Bob Baffert’s eight previous wins in the $1 million event, including five in the last eight […]

Eleven Attempt To Sing Winning Tune In Bing Crosby

July 28, 2018 |

  Defending Champ Ransom The Moon Faces Tough Test, Including Champion Roy H By Margaret Ransom There may not be a single name more synonymous with summer racing at Del Mar than “Bing”. Academy Award winner, singer and legendary entertainer Bing Crosby built the beautiful ocean-view racetrack with a few of his celebrity pals. And […]

Race Of The Week: Coaching Club American Oaks

July 22, 2018 |

Compact Field Of Fillies Pursuing Historic Win By Derek Simon OK, so here’s the deal: When I picked the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) to be the US Racing Race of the Week, I did so based solely on name recognition. I mean, this is an event that has been won by champions Ruffian, Davona […]

Memories Of The Diana And How To Bet It In 2018

July 20, 2018 |

  Historic Race Offers Short But Talented Field By Jonathan Stettin The Diana (G1), as is true of most Saratoga stakes races, has a great history and a stellar list of winners. I have seen several of them live. The great Shuvee won the Diana back-to-back in 1970 and ‘71. I was there for both. It is […]

Accelerate Favored To Repeat In San Diego

July 20, 2018 |

  Sadler Trainee Sits Atop The Division Heading Into This Year’s San Diego By Margaret Ransom Nine will go to the gate for Saturday’s $200,000 San Diego Handicap (GII), the traditional prep for the Pacific Classic in a month’s time and a rare event for the older male runner division in that horse are assigned […]

Race Of The Week: Delaware Handicap

July 13, 2018 |

Nine Distaffers Set For Delaware Park Centerpiece By Derek Simon Saturday’s Delaware Park card appears to be loaded with value — and I especially like the two graded stakes races. In the eighth race, the Kent Stakes (G3) for three-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the grass, 5-UNTAMED DOMAIN has been made the 5-2 morning line favorite, […]