San Gabriel Stakes Preview

The feature race at Santa Anita this Saturday is the GR 2 San Gabriel Stakes for older horses going 1 1/8 Mile on the Turf. The race appears solid with a full field of twelve entered. In post position order: 12-1 Blue Tone : 4.7 Best. Modest Circle Back pattern. Has never raced on the Turf and has mediocre Grass […] Continue Reading

Harlan’s Holiday Grade 3 Stakes Analysis

Gulfstream Park offers a very nice day of races today, with the GR 3 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes being one of several Stakes races on the card. In post position order: 2-1 Stanford :1 Best. Layoff. He is returning after a 6 month layoff after being demolished by Frosted (like everyone else) in the Met Mile. He posted that 3.1 Best […] Continue Reading

Aqueduct’s Grade 3 Discovery Stakes

Today’s 8th race at Aqueduct is the GR 3 Discovery Stakes for 3YO’s going 1 1/8 Mile. This is a very fast and contentious group for the level, with several in here appearing to be competitive. In post position order: 7-2 Adulator :1 Best. Even Pattern. Nice even pattern; albeit a bit slow for these. Connections are excellent, and I […] Continue Reading

GR 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes 2016

The 9th race at Keeneland today is the GR 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes for 3YO fillies going 1 1/8 Mile on the Turf. The race features several with very impressive credentials and the competition appears to go very deep with many fast and improving horses. In post position order: 2-1 Catch a Glimpse :8 Best. Marching pattern. We start […] Continue Reading

Jockey Club Gold Cup Preview 2016

One of racing’s jewels each year before the Breeders Cup races is the Jockey Club Gold Cup. At Belmont Park, this GR 1 event at the classic distance of 1 ¼ Mile generally features some of the top handicap horses in the country. This year’s rendition includes last year’s BC Classic runner-up Effinex. In post position order: 12-1 Protonico :7 […] Continue Reading

Ack Ack Handicap 2016 Preview

This is an incredible weekend of top notch racing with numerous Stakes races including many GR 1 events from coast to coast. A race that really caught my eye is the GR 3 Ack Ack Handicap at a flat mile at Churchill Downs. This race features the return of last year’s champion sprinter Runhappy after a 9 month layoff. In […] Continue Reading

Rest Then Best Bonanza Recap

Rest then Best Bonanza Recap Last Saturday September 24, the 7th race at Los Al, a 6 furlong Allowance sprint, was very lucrative for those focusing in on Rest then Best horses. The 3 RTB horses finished 1,2,3 for some sweet returns. 6-5 winner Tough Sunday was a standout, as he had returned to the races three weeks earlier, posting […] Continue Reading

Rest Then Best Bonanza

Most of my race preview blogs are about Graded Stakes races, however for today I found a very intriguing situation in an Optional Claiming 6 furlong event at Los Alamitos. As you know, I look for Rest then Best horses, and in this race, there are no fewer than 3 horses with that pattern, along with a couple of others […] Continue Reading

The Test with a 55-1 winner

The Test with a 55-1 winner There is nothing like hitting a real longshot, especially when that horse figures strongly based on Speed and pattern. While we do get many solid priced horses using the Numbers, it is simply rare for the public to completely ignore a horse that has a positive pattern and solid speed Numbers. The 7 furlong […] Continue Reading

Grade One Woodward 2016

The GR 1 Woodward Stakes is today’s feature at Saratoga. Frosted is the odds-on 1-2 morning line favorite and deservedly so, although his pattern is a bit perplexing.  In post position order: 1.       12-1 Shaman Ghost : 7.1 Best. Even pattern. He has been competing in top company, and scored nicely one back in the GR 2 Brooklyn at 1 […] Continue Reading