Arrogate, the world’s top-ranked horse, returns to action in Saturday’s San Diego H. (G2). Scheduled for 9:03 p.m. (ET), the 1 1/16-mile race attracted five undistinguished challengers and Arrogate should be 1-9 on the tote board as he seeks his eighth straight victory. The Bob Baffert-trained son...|
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by SCOTT SHAPIRO The first Saturday of the Del Mar summer meeting is upon us and is headlined by the presence of the great Arrogate. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner has not been seen since his last to first victory in the $10 million dollar Dubai World Cup back in March, but looked...|
A nice card awaits horseplayers on Day 2 at Saratoga and I will recommend a pair of horses on the 11-race program. Both will be used prominently in any multi-race wagers. Race 8 (5:02 p.m. ET) is a one-mile allowance/optional claiming event on the inner course and #7 Browse will make her second...|
A pair of grass allowances and the Diana (G1) are the focal points for our spot plays on the first Saturday of the Saratoga meet. Trainer Wesley Ward has two intriguing imports in the 7th race, a 5 1/2-furlong N2X allowance/optional claimer. Evacuation (#7, 6-1) was a promising sort in Australia...|
It’s been about a decade since the historic Sanford (G3) has produced a winner who progressed into a major three-year-old, so here’s hoping that one member of Saturday’s 103rd cast can erase the stat. Free Drop Billy, despite his homespun-sounding name, sports the most fashionable pedigree in the...|
Arrogate will be 1-to-20 odds in the San Diego Handicap on Saturday at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Those odds indicate he should win this race 95.24% of the time. It's an extraordinary statement that might actually shortchange last year's champion three-year-old male and reigning Breeders' Cup...|
The Osunitas Stakes (race 7, 10 p.m. [ET] post time) serves as the featured race at Del Mar Friday evening and Mrs McDougal will make her first start for Richard Mandella in the 1 1/16-mile turf affair. A three-time stakes winner, the 5-year-old mare was last seen posting a two-length triumph in...|
Opening day at Saratoga is finally here, and my approach to the 10-race card in Upstate New York is pretty similar to how I approached the 10-race opening day card at Del Mar on Wednesday: I want to hit the Pick 5; I want to hit the Pick 4s, but my best bet on the day isn't in any of those...|