At the comparable midway stage last year on the inaugural European Road to the Kentucky Derby, Aidan O’Brien’s Saxon Warrior topped John Gosden’s Roaring Lion on the leaderboard, with no dirt prospects in sight. While only time will tell if the current principals turn out nearly as well on the...|
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by DICK POWELL After winning the Triple Crown in 2015 with American Pharoah, it took Bob Baffert only three years to do it again with Justify. To raise the ante, Justify did it while undefeated, joining Seattle Slew. If you think Baffert is going to “bounce” off two big efforts, think again. He’s...|
The first pool of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) opens Thanksgiving Day and runs through 6 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, and trainer Bob Baffert has seven of the individual wagering interests, including undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner and presumptive divisional champion Game...|
Dover finished off the Matron Stakes with sophomore finals and the Meadowlands had three elimination events for the Fall Final Four, which will be the main feature races in our Nov. 22. Here are the results and some brief notes on our successes and failures from the weekend past....|
The sun is back shining in Kentucky for most of the weekend, and TwinSpires.com will be offering a chance to share in a $1,000 bonus on Saturday's Churchill Downs card. Opt in to the Show-Place-Win promotion and then cash a $20 Show bet in Race 7, a $20 Place bet in Race 8, and a $20 Win bet in...|
By DICK POWELL A field of eight will contest Saturday’s River City Handicap (G3) for three-year-olds and up going 1 1/8 miles on the turf at Churchill Downs. There are no three-year-olds entered and the spread of assigned weights range from 121 pounds down to 115. Mike Maker and Brad Cox each have...|
By DICK POWELL Like most sportswriters of his time, Red Smith knew all there was to know about baseball, boxing and horse racing. For most of his career, he was a columnist but wrote in a clear and concise style without the flowery language others use. His description of writing a column was to “...|
By DICK POWELL I love the names of the stakes races for the fall meeting at Del Mar. It shows my age but they make sense when you understand the demographics of horse racing. Bob Hope was as big a star as there was when I was growing up. A major movie star that transitioned to television, he was...|