2018 Florida Derby Preview

Today it finally feels like Spring as nine hopeful 3YO’s attempting to stamp their ticket for the Kentucky Derby. The Florida Derby is a major step and certainly key Kentucky Derby prep. The KD winner has come from this prep on many occasions. In post-position order: 4-1 Strike Power: Marching pattern. Solid Marching pattern, as he improved to a 5.7 […] Continue Reading

Belmont Stakes Preview

This year’s Belmont Stakes has a bit of a twist in that neither the Kentucky Derby winner nor the top two finishers in the Preakness are entered. Nevertheless, this sets up as a very intriguing race as there are some with fast Numbers and some nice patterns. I have found that over the years, those with a freshness edge, providing […] Continue Reading

Kentucky Derby 2017 Analysis

I love this time of year with all of the excitement of another Kentucky Derby. With another full field, there is bound to be a certain amount of racing luck, although recent Derbies have been quite formful, as California horses have dominated, winning the last 3 editions. It looks to me like the West Coast horses are not quite as […] Continue Reading

Grade 3 Skip Away Stakes, Gulfstream Park

Today’s feature at Gulfstream Park is the GR 3 Skip Away Stakes at 1 1/8 Mile. The race features a decent group of older horses trying to notch a Graded Stakes win. In post position order: 1. 10-1 Hy Riverside : Fading pattern. He posted a very quick 4.9 Best in December, but has steadily faded since then. He is […] Continue Reading

Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes, Santa Anita

Today’s feature at Santa Anita is the GR 1 Santa Margarita Stakes at 1 1/8 Mile for Fillies and Mares. This race showcases a matchup between last year’s BC Fillies and Mares sprint winner Finest City and the ultra-impressive Vale Dori , who has reeled off 3 straight GR 2 wins on the west coast. In addition, there are a […] Continue Reading

Santa Anita Handicap 2017 Preview

Each year, one of the premier races on the West Coast is the GR 1 Santa Anita Handicap at the classic distance of 1 ¼ Mile. This year’s event features some very good horses with some very fast Numbers. In post position order: 1. 8-5 Midnight Storm : Short layoff. Here is the morning line favorite and the likely pace […] Continue Reading

Grade 2 Hardacre Mile at Gulfstream

Today’s 11th race at Gulfstream is the GR 2 Hardacre Mile featuring a very solid group competing at Gulfstream’s one turn Mile. In post position order: 7-2 Tommy Macho: Rest then Best. Posted his career Best of 3.0 after an 8 week freshening, in an impressive 6 length Big Win last month right here in a GR 3 going a […] Continue Reading

Pegasus Grade 1 Stakes Preview

Today’s 12th race at Gulfstream is the $12 Million GR 1 Pegasus Stakes showcasing a rematch of the top two finishers from the most recent BC Classic. BC winner Arrogate and the phenomenal California Chrome battled to within ½ length in the BC Classic with 3rd place Keen Ice finishing a distant 10 lengths further back. By the Numbers, the […] Continue Reading

Sunshine Millions Stakes Preview 2017

The fourth race at Gulfstream Park today is the Sunshine Millions Distaff Stakes. It features a competitive field of 6 older Fillies and Mares sprinting 6 furlongs. In post position order: 5-1 Flutterby : Long layoff. Posted an  8.7 Best (Extended Card) in August, 2015, and a more recent 16.0 Best a year ago. Her Numbers have gone south since […] Continue Reading

Hal’s Hope Grade 3 Stakes Preview: A Solid Field

Today’s 11th race at Gulfstream is the GR 3 Hal’s Hope Stakes featuring a solid field of nine older horses going a flat one turn mile. In post position order: 12-1 Dolphus :5 Best. Marching pattern. Posted that 5.5 Best in an impressive gate to wire 9-length score in Allowance company at 7 furlongs in the Gulfstream slop. Very good […] Continue Reading