Illinois Derby (G3): MULTIPLIER made the huge leap from the maiden ranks to graded winner with a determined late rally to take the Hawthorne feature by a head beneath James Graham. The Brendan Walsh trainee showed a lot of class and talent to me, running down a horse I have a fondness for, and the...|
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At the top of the features list this weekend, on April 22, the George Morton Levy and Matchmaker consolations and finals at Yonkers offered a variety of winners—of which we had two (both consolations), along with two on-the-board finishers (in the finals). We lost the main event, the “Levy”...|
With five horses under consideration, Todd Pletcher could have 25% of the 2017 Kentucky Derby field. He ran five horses in the 2007 and 2013 editions and shares the record with D. Wayne Lukas and Nick Zito for most starters in a single year. A seven-time Eclipse Award-winning leading trainer, the...|
by SCOTT SHAPIRO The Indiana Grand racing calendar began on Tuesday, as did my role as Daily Selections handicapper for the 120-day meet that runs through October 28. It was a great start to the meet at the Shelbyville, Indiana, venue largely in part to a rapidly improving jockey colony, large...|
A $5 win and place bet on Irap to win the Blue Grass Stakes helped propel Tim Steadman to victory in TwinSpires.com's Kentucky Derby Dream Bet contest, but the Arkansas attorney does not expect to use that horse for his $10,000 win bet on the Kentucky Derby on May 6 at Churchill Downs. What he...|
Illinois Derby (G3): The $250,000 feature at Hawthorne Saturday is not going to produce a Kentucky Derby starter but could be a steppingstone to the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness. In addition, it could help shed a better light and flatter some of the Kentucky Derby contestants if...|
By Dick Powell Run last Saturday at Oaklawn Park, the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) turned out to be a hard race to analyze for a number of reasons. First, how will the Kentucky Derby (G1) runners coming out of it perform off only three weeks rest? Yes, AMERICAN PHAROAH (Pioneerof the Nile) did...|
Speeding through the first splashes of this season’s Grand Circuit, it is already time for the George Morton Levy Pacing Series and the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series finals at Yonkers Raceway. On April 22 these older-pacer events mark their champions, along with those winning wealthy consolation...|