Lady and The Track | March 29, 2017

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California Shippers Hold Favoritism in Oaklawn’s Rebel

March 17, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Trainers Bob Baffert and John Sherriffs have tasted plenty of success when shipping horses into Oaklawn Park. Baffert, in particular, has won six of the past seven editions of the Rebel Stakes (GII) and has this year’s favorite in American Anthem. Winning will be no easy task, though, as John Sherriffs has […]

Shaman Ghost, Midnight Storm Top Big ‘Cap Field

March 11, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A talent-filled 11-race card featuring four graded stakes is on tap at Santa Anita Park Saturday, led by the featured 80th running of the Santa Anita Handicap (GI). The 1 ¼-mile feature is worth $750,000 this year and has drawn a strong field of nine older runners. Since its inception in 1935 […]

Special Full Card Analysis for Saturday’s Big ‘Cap Program at Santa Anita

March 10, 2017 |

By John DaSilva FIRST RACE 6 – St. Reno – has raced well in all three starts since breaking maiden in debut, despite being disqualified and placed fifth this distance and level three starts back. Breaks from an outside post position and should be the main pacesetter of the race 5 – Hook ‘Em Kurt […]

Daddys Lil Darling Starts Year Off On Turf in Florida Oaks

March 10, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Normandy Farm’s primary goal may be the Kentucky Oaks (GI) with Daddys Lil Darling, but the Kenny McPeek-trained daughter of Scat Daddy is starting her year off on the turf in the Florida Oaks (GIIIT), where she will face the well-regarded Mark Casse pair of Tamit and La Coronel. When she broke […]

Gun Runner Returns in Razorback at Oaklawn

February 19, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Eight older runners will head postward in Monday’s 58th running of the Razorback Handicap (GIII), led to the gate by Winchell Thoroughbreds, Three Chimneys Farm and Besilu Stables’ Grade I winner Gun Runner, who is making his 2017 debut and first start since winning the Nov. 25 Clark Handicap (GI) at Churchill […]

Recent Maiden Winners Square Off in San Vicente

February 12, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Used to be that the San Vicente Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita was an important stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby (GI). Even though last year’s winner, Nyquist, went on to win in Louisville on the first Saturday in May and the runner-up, Exaggerator, won the Preakness Stakes (GI), the […]

Undefeated McCraken Makes Seasonal Debut in Sam F. Davis

February 10, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Trainer Ian Wilkes knows a thing or two about getting a horse right for the Kentucky Derby (GI); he played a major role in the development of 2007 Derby winner Street Sense when working as an assistant to Carl Nafzger and now he’s found himself back on the Road to the Roses, […]

LATT’s Top Early Kentucky Derby Contenders – 2/5/17

February 5, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby (GI) is only three months away and more potential stars are starting to show just how promising they are while others are about to make their highly anticipated 3-year-old debuts. This year seems to be strong among the colts and geldings aiming for the Kentucky […]

El Areeb Seeking Graded Repeat in Withers

February 4, 2017 |

By Casey Laughter Jerome Stakes (GIII) hero El Areeb is back for more in Saturday’s Withers Stakes (GIII) and will be taking on nine other opponents, including Bonus Points, who finished second behind El Areeb last time out. Early favorite El Areeb is a son of Exchange Rate who is looking to extend his legs […]

Pretty City Dancer Takes First Oaks Step in Forward Gal

February 3, 2017 |

by Casey Laughter John C. Oxley’s early Forward Gal Stakes (GII) favorite Pretty City Dancer has not been seen since her dead-heat finish in the Spinaway Stakes (GI) at Saratoga last summer after being injured and missing some time, which caused her to also miss the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI). However, trainer Mark Casse […]