Coming not long after Royal Ascot, Newmarket’s July Festival doesn’t match its breadth of star power, but the three-day stint will end on a spectacular note Saturday as unbeaten Caravaggio tackles older sprinters in the July Cup (G1). Aidan O’Brien’s brilliant colt extended his perfect mark to 6-0...|
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Freshmen filled the agenda this weekend and we did very well with the winners and the winning prices. Our top horses-to-watch (H2W) list winner, Kadabra Queen was the top price at $20.00 in an Ontario Sires Stakes event for youngsters. And there were more in the features and the “Frolic” section (...|
An all-stakes Pick 4 encompassing 80 percent of Belmont Park's graded stakes on Saturday is a bit of a challenge even with one planned single (and not the one you might expect) in the sequence. Here are my thoughts on the four races: Belmont Sprint Championship (G3) -- Race 7 Unified (#7, 5-2)...|
Today’s $1.2 million Belmont Derby (G1) is ripe for an up-and-coming turf sophomore. I’m not keen on stakes veterans Oscar Performance, Good Samaritan, Ticonderoga and Big Score – they’ve taken turns beating each other with little separating the pack -- and none of the three European invaders...|
Pia Brandt isn’t a household name among American racing fans, but the French-based trainer sends out the most straightforward European challenger in Saturday’s $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1). Called to the Bar, despite not having as many starts under his belt as Aidan O’Brien’s duo...|
Although repackaged as the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) in 2014, and accordingly luring international shippers, New York’s premier contest for three-year-old turf fillies has continued to go the way of U.S.-based performers. That trend is very likely to continue on Saturday, for the...|
by SCOTT SHAPIRO The first of two Saturday afternoon cards during the short Los Alamitos summer meeting offers a late Pick 4 sequence starting in Race 6 that is headlined by the Great Lady M (G2) featuring 2016 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) winner Finest City. I do not see any "...|
Most of the runners in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (G3) are seeking a measure of redemption following recent setbacks, but McCormick enters on the upswing for Ian Wilkes. The intriguing 3-year-old will bring a two-race win streak into his stakes debut Friday night at Prairie Meadows. By Hard Spun and...|