Saratoga Starting Gate (Horsephotos.com) Get ready! The much-anticipated Saratoga meet opens on Friday, and with the opening of Saratoga comes another fantastic summer of top-notch two-year-old racing. Will we see the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner in action? Or the 2019 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner? Only time will tell, but there’s no doubt we’ll see plenty of promising young horses race at Saratoga this summer, so let’s kick things off by looking at some of [...]
The first Saturday afternoon late Pick 4 of the 2018 Del Mar summer meeting is a good one. The four-race sequence that commences in Race 7 and concludes with the finale in Race 10 gets rolling with the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap followed by an extremely competitive rendition of the Grade 2 San Clemente. Here are my thoughts: Race 7: San Diego Handicap The prep for the one-million-dollar Pacific Classic gets things rolling. The mile and a sixteenth event [...]
Strike Silver (bay) edges Nitrous (gray) in a maiden race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Question: Which trainer has enjoyed the most success in two-year-old races at Saratoga over the last few years? The answer, as you might expect, is Todd Pletcher. With his annual arsenal of well-bred young runners, Pletcher has been the leading trainer of two-year-olds at each of the last three Saratoga meets, sending out 42 winners from 160 starters to achieve a 26% [...]
We look back at Del Mar's big opening day and look ahead to Saratoga's opening day card for Friday!
While the Meadowlands in New Jersey may have garnered the spotlight last weekend among harness racing enthusiasts, many standardbred fans will turn their attention slightly west this weekend when The Meadows, a five-eighths mile oval near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hosts two eliminations for the Del Miller Adios on an afternoon card that will highlight potential juvenile stars. The first five races on the card are $20,000 Stallion Series events for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, races for juvenile pacers just below [...]
Saratoga (Horsephotos.com) Saturday’s $500,000 Diana Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga is a race that truly deserves its Grade 1 status. Three of the seven starters have won at this level already, and three more have prevailed multiple times at the Grade 2/Grade 3 level. Not surprisingly, the three Grade 1 winners are conditioned by the two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown, renowned for his success with female grass horses. His trio is led by #6 A Raving Beauty, [...]
The stakes action continues on Friday afternoon at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club with a competitive and challenging rendition of the $75,000 Osunitas Stakes on tap. The mile and a sixteenth restricted event for fillies and mares is headlined by the turf debut of multiple graded stakes winner #1 Paradise Woods. The daughter of Union Rags has won 3 of 10 over the dirt for Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, including victories in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and [...]
Saratoga - Photo by Adam Mooshian/Coglianese Photos The wait is over! The much-anticipated 2018 Saratoga summer meet kicks off on Friday, with the feature race of the afternoon being the $150,000 Lake George Stakes (gr. III) for three-year-old fillies going 8.5 furlongs on the Mellon turf course. The Lake George is a fitting way to start the meet since it’s a deep and competitive race with the potential for very rewarding payoffs… if you can identify the winner. [...]
It's Opening Day at Del Mar so Jason is joined by handicapper Gino Buccola to discuss the opening day races one by one, the meet itself, and more!
Monomoy Girl winning the Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The 2018 Saratoga Meet kicks off on Friday, July 20. Saturday's top races are the Grade 1 Diana and the Grade 3 Sanford. Horesplayers should look at both because there's a great chance that Saratoga lives up to it's moniker, the Graveyard of Favorites, in both races. But, as awesome as the Diana and Sanford should be, nothing beats the showdown between Monomoy Girl [...]