Trainer Aidan O’Brien has used the Diamond (G3) at Dundalk as a Breeders’ Cup reconnaissance mission at least once before, so the fact that he has two high-profile runners in Friday’s renewal must at least pique curiosity as to intent. War Decree, arguably the most compelling of the Ballydoyle...|
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The first of two major Breeders’ Cup prep weekends is up ahead, with Belmont Park and Santa Anita offering 12 graded stakes including seven “Win & You’re In” races, and let’s preview the Breeders’ Cup implications. Friday Eddie D (G3): Santa Anita’s opening day program features a field of 11...|
Autumn’s promise always delivers. There’s the crisp and colorful leaves flying through the air and the pounding of hooves on the dirt in Kentucky as The Red Mile hosts the Grand Circuit. Loaded with talent from all divisions, this is the overture for the season’s championships, the Breeders Crown,...|
Dayton Raceway’s signature races are the center point of the first few weeks of their harness meet. This Friday, Sept. 29, the Dayton Pacing Derby and the Dayton Trotting Derby are on the program, featuring some of the best older competitors in the sport. The $167,000 Dayton Trotting...|
After stepping up with a dominant Travers (G1) victory, West Coast continued to impress by rolling to a 7 ¼-length decision in last Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at Parx. The 3-year-old male divisional leader is clearly getting stronger and stamped himself as a serious contender for...|
The imposing duo of multiple Grade 1 queen Forever Unbridled and champion Stellar Wind headline the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Del Mar for good reason. The former is the top dirt distaffer in the East while the latter is surely the queen of the West Coast. After finishing third and fourth,...|
by DICK POWELL Well, it looks like Derby season is finally over. What begins in late winter and goes to late summer, there is a Derby run in virtually every state that conducts licensed, pari-mutuel horse racing. Late Saturday afternoon, a solid field of 10 three-year-olds lined up to go nine...|
It was a big week in the sport and a good one for our audience as features began with the classic Grand Circuit pace in Delaware, Ohio. Once again, the public leaned the wrong way. In the first and most important betting mile of The Little Brown Jug (Sept. 21), the bettors gave...|