Wednesday’s Kentucky Downs card forecast calls for partly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80’s.
Mike Maker won four consecutive races (2-5) and Wesley Ward answered with a win of his own.
With the rail out 40 feet for the third consecutive day, the turf was noticeably worn on Thursday. The surface played truer to profile, with the four shorter races favoring forward runners.
With the rail 40 feet out and a run-up of at least 240 feet, the distances of Wednesday’s races were considerably further than advertised. For some perspective, imagine running nearly the length…
There has been no rain leading into Wednesday’s card and the forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the high 80s. I will favor horses with forward speed in sprints and an off the pace style in routes.
Sunday’s featured race at Saratoga is the Alydar Stakes, and the likely favorite Endorsed looms squarely as the horse to beat.
Five graded stakes, including a trio of Grade I events, highlights a star studded Saturday program at Saratoga.
Friday’s featured Saratoga Special (G2) includes a trio of colts I’m very familiar with from their runs in the Blue Grass State.
Thursday’s featured race at Saratoga is the New York Stallion Series for 3-year-olds on turf, and the Kentucky invader Jolting Joe looms as the horse to beat. As the racing analyst at…
The featured ninth race on Wednesday’s Saratoga card is a second-level optional claiming allowance on turf. In a compact field of six, Chad Brown saddles the two likely favorites in She’s Got…
Sunday’s featured race at Saratoga is the $100,000 Birdstone S. over 1 3/4 miles on dirt. Moretti, who takes the blinkers off for Todd Pletcher, looms as the horse to beat.
Led by Midnight Bisou in the Personal Ensign (G1) and Tom d’Etat in the Whitney (G1), there is lots of star power on Saturday’s Saratoga program.