by Scott Shapiro Saturday’s feature at Santa Anita Park is the 13th running of the Thunder Road Stakes. The $100,000, Grade 3 event is contested at one mile over the lawn. The field is headlined by Bolo (#3). The winner of five of 15 lifetime is wheeled back quickly by trainer Carla Gaines...|
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In most years, Kentucky Derby preps establishes a pecking order heading into the big race. They may not tell you everything, but often there’s a clear favorite. This year, the preps have told us … well, that anything’s possible. by Alastair Bull Form reversals and injuries are...|
I will focus on one runner for each of the seven days leading up to the Kentucky Derby, starting with the Ian Wilkes-trained McCraken. He’s a colt I’ve liked since the career debut, scoring by open lengths at Churchill Downs in early October for a barn that never wins first time out. McCraken was...|
There is no official start to Sires Stakes season so consider it starting as our weekly preview’s major features include a few high-purse affairs for older Ohio-breds on April 29 at Miami Valley among our features. There are over 70 colt-and-filly trotters eligible for the Dexter Cup and Lady...|
After producing a weekly report highlighting BRIS Speed ratings from Kentucky Derby prep races, it’s time to dive in a little deeper. Most of the contenders are already on the grounds at Churchill Downs, with conditioners putting in the final preparations for the main event on May 6. Below is a...|
After Wesley Ward’s successes at Royal Ascot, and Tepin’s historic victory in the Queen Anne (G1) last summer for Mark Casse, the American invasion for the 2017 festivities is gathering pace. Early entries were announced Wednesday for Royal Ascot’s eight Group 1 events, and U.S. hopefuls are...|
Winx (Courtesy of the Steve Hart/Skyracing World) by Alastair Bull Another Australian autumn, another Winx wipeout – but will the rest of the world get a chance to see her? Winx was ranked the best turf horse, and the best mare, in the world last year, and she did nothing in her four-race...|
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...|