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Saratoga Day 4: Caress Stakes

By Rick Francis —- As rain falls in Saratoga Springs there is a strong likely hood the running of the Caress Stakes for fillies and mares could move to the main track as it was a year ago; so with that possibility we’ll take a shot with “off-track” runners...
Posted On 24 Jul 2017
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Saratoga Day 3: Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks

By Rick Francis —- Abel Tasman; Zoe Metz/Clockers Corner Photo A field of seven three-year-old fillies goes to post in the Grade I Coaching Club American Oaks led by China Horse Club International’s Abel Tasman, winner of the Kentucky Oaks and Acorn Stakes; let’s take a...
Posted On 22 Jul 2017
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Saratoga: Grade III Schuylerville, Lake George Headline Opening Day

By Rick Francis —- The girls headline 154th Saratoga opening day with the running of the Grade 3 Schuylerville for juvenile fillies, followed next race with the G3 Lake George for the 3-year-old ladies. It’ll be forty days of top shelf racing to come; let’s take a look at...
Posted On 20 Jul 2017
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SANTA ANITA: SEVEN SET TO GO IN GRADE 1 SHOEMAKER MILE

By Rick Francis —- Farhaan looks to upset the Grade 1 Shoemaker; All photos by Benoit Race 7) 1 Mile. (Turf) Shoemaker Mile S. Grade I. Purse $400,000 FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS AND UPWARD. Post Time: 7:00/ 6:00/ 5:00/( 4:00) Heart to Heart (1), Lynch/Leparoux; tough 5-year-old...
Posted On 02 Jun 2017
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STANFORD LOOKS TO REPEAT IN CHARLES TOWN CLASSIC

By Rick Francis —- CHARLES TOWN Race 11) 1&1/8th Mile. Charles Town Classic S. Grade II. Purse $1,250,000 FOR FOUR YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD Post Time: ( 5:35)/ 4:35/ 3:35/ 2:35 Stanford 1), Pletcher/Velasquez, J; Malibu Moon 5-year-old was a driving winner of 2016’s...
Posted On 21 Apr 2017
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HANDICAPPING THE GRADE 1 ARKANSAS DERBY

By Rick Francis —- Malagacy the one to beat in G1 Arkansas Derby; Oaklawn/Coady Photography A field of twelve 3-year-old colts head to the starting gate in the running of the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, and for several a last chance at the “Run for the Roses”; let’s take a look...
Posted On 14 Apr 2017
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Keeneland: Fillies take center stage in Grade 3 Appalachian

By Rick Francis —- KEENELAND Race 8) 1 Mile. (Turf) Appalachian S. Presented by Japan Racing Association PRESENTED BY JAPAN RACING ASSOCIATION. Grade III. Purse $125,000 FOR FILLIES, THREE YEARS OLD Post Time: ( 4:57)/ 3:57/ 2:57/ 1:57 Dream Dancing 1), winner of two...
Posted On 13 Apr 2017
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Keeneland: Grade 3 Transylvania Headlines Opening Day

By Rick Francis —- Keeneland Race Course kicks off its 2017 spring meet in Graded Stakes fashion as a field of nine 3-year-olds takes to the turf in the running of the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes; let’s have a look at the starters. Race 9) 1ˆ Mile. (Turf) Transylvania S....
Posted On 06 Apr 2017
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Baffert looks to add another Rebel Stakes with American Anthem

By Rick Francis —- Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert looks to add yet another Rebel Stakes to his trophy case when he sends to post American Anthem, the son of 2012 Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister; let’s take a look at the field. RACE 10) 1ˆ Mile. Rebel S. Grade II. Purse...
Posted On 17 Mar 2017
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SHAMAN GHOST ONE TO BEAT IN 80TH SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

By Rick Francis —- RACE 10), 1‚ Mile. Santa Anita H. Presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino PRESENTED BY SAN MANUEL INDIAN BINGO AND CASINO. Grade I. Purse $750,000 FOR FOUR-YEAR-OLDS AND UPWARD. Post Time: 7:44/ 6:44/ 5:44/( 4:44) Midnight Storm 1),...
Posted On 11 Mar 2017
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