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

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

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

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

2016 Travers

Today, August 27, there is an excellent card at Saratoga with multiple GR 1 events, topped off by the GR 1 Travers at 1 ¼ Mile for 3YO’s. Deserved Morning Line favorite is Exaggerator who won the Preakness after a solid second in the Kentucky Derby, and most recently scored in the GR 1 Haskell at Monmouth. The field is […] Continue Reading