The Horses

Class in Horseracing Tough to Evaluate

Class in horseracing

Class in horseracing is tough to evaluate because there are factors that are changing hourly but just like in all sports, class must be respected. Class in team sports is not exactly the same as class in horseracing. For the National Basketball Association and the National Football League class can revolve around the quality of the competition and what good …

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14 Pit Skills in the Risen Star Stakes

Risen Star Stakes

A total of 14 will pit skills in the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Saturday and the pace figures to be hot and heavy. The Grade 2 $400,000 event will be run for the 45th time and with the Mardi Gras around the corner in New Orleans the fans should be in a partying mood. The winner of …

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One Liner Gets Last Laugh in Southwest

One Liner

The way One Liner got the last laugh in the Southwest Stakes last Monday at Oaklawn Park should scare away some competitors moving forward. The Todd Pletcher student One Liner was expertly handled by jockey Jorge Velazquez. The complexion of the race changed when Cool Arrow was scratched. That runner had drawn the rail and had contending speed so the …

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Road to the Kentucky Derby Escalates

road to the Kentucky Derby

The road to the Kentucky Derby escalates this weekend with the Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds on Saturday. This is this first phase of serious qualifying points on the road to the Kentucky Derby. The winner of the Grade 2 Risen Star will earn 50 points toward running in America’s classic race on the first Saturday in May. …

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Anatomy of the El Camino Real Upset

El Camino Real upset

The anatomy of the El Camino Real upset starts with the horse himself, Zakaroff, and how he turned the world upside down at Golden Gate. Last Saturday in the 9-furlong Grade 2 $200,000 prep for the Kentucky Derby, the anatomy of the El Camino Real upset also revolved around his trainer Steve Specht, who has guided some solid stakes winners …

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Youngsters Primed for Southwest Stakes

Southwest Stakes

Youngsters are primed for the Southwest Stakes Monday at Oaklawn Park and the President’s Day headliner has lured a full and lucky cast of 13. Four have won stakes and a number have been stakes placed. The $500,000 Grade 3 mile and a sixteenth Southwest Stakes has been a good gauge over the years. The first four finishers will earn …

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Oaklawn Park Claimers Are Coveted

Oaklawn Park claimers

Oaklawn Park claimers are coveted this meeting for a number of reasons but one of them is that there is some back class to build on. Jet Over has bounced around to a few barns but he has been a wanted commodity. He was claimed from Robertino Diodoro for $7,500 by Karl Broberg in January of this year and then …

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El Camino Real Derby Contentious

El Camino Real Derby

The El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Saturday is contentious and the winner will put 10 points in his pocket on his way to possibly starting in the Kentucky Derby. The Grade 3 nine-furlong fixture will be run on the synthetic surface and the $200,000 test has options for bettors. This race has not been a great vehicle for …

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In Trainer Todd Pletcher We Trust

Todd Pletcher

Like many in the horseracing industry, trainer Todd Pletcher was pretty much born into the sport and is far from an overnight sensation. He started working for his father, Jake, as a hot walker when he was just seven years of age. Todd Pletcher continued his love affair with horses throughout high school. In the summers he would work as …

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McCraken Set Track Record in Davis


McCraken set a track record in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Saturday and he stamped himself as a legitimate player in the Kentucky Derby lottery. The Grade 3 mile and a sixteenth Sam Davis serves as a stepping stone to the Tampa Bay Derby and those that excel in these races have a shot to get to the …

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