This week our official stakes-and-series season begins with the George Morton Levy and and Matchmaker series at Yonkers (March 17 and 18th). Older pacers of both sexes will battle it out for five weeks in prelim legs and face off for a big final. The legs for horses are $50,000 each and $40,000 for...|
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Favored at odds-on, Mastery did not disappoint posting a dominant wire-to-wire victory in the San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita but any celebration was short-lived as the unbeaten colt exited his 2017 opener with an injury that knocks him out of Kentucky Derby consideration. He earned a 102 BRIS Speed...|
San Felipe S. (G2): MASTERY was masterful in leading at every call while dispatching his main rivals in the lane with a strong closing kick but the bad news came shortly afterward that the Bob Baffert trainee had suffered a condylar fracture, not only thwarting his Kentucky Derby bid but...|
A poker friend of mine is fond of saying, "Play where you run good," and that advice can certainly apply to horse racing. While I almost always succumb to Saratoga Race Course's siren song and play the races there more than I should given my (lack of) success there, I do try to pay special...|
Watched a slew of fine performances from across the country over the weekend but arguably the most impressive was Hot Springs S. hero WHITMORE, who obliterated a nice field with a dominant stretch run to win for fun at Oaklawn Park. Trained by Ron Moquett, the four-year-old gelding turned in a...|
There’s only one race to report on this week in terms of the May 5 Kentucky Oaks (G1), and that is the Honeybee Stakes (G3), which took place at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, March 11. The 1 1/16-mile race drew a competitive group of 11 fillies but one managed to stand out from them all. That would...|
Our personal-features weekend began on Thursday, March 9 at Freehold where we took on a Pick 3. We took the first leg with Soapy Sap ($7.20, $5.20, $3.60), having Flowing James (16-1) finish sixth. We just missed the next leg with a second for Modern Look ($2.60, $2.10), though Santanna Sam (7-1),...|
by SCOTT SHAPIRO ARCADIA, Calif. -- The ups and downs of Thoroughbred racing were once again on hand Saturday at Santa Anita. Mastery, the undefeated son of Candy Ride, took the lead early and finished strong en route to a 6 3/4-length victory in the San Felipe (G2). However, about 10...|