Dover Downs offers solid Thursday card

One day after a modest winter storm nixed harness racing throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, Dover Downs offered a solid card on Thursday as the three-year-olds competed for a berth in the various Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals next Thursday and older horses clashed in the Preferred Handicap. In the two early, non-betting races on the card that were transferred over from the cancelled Wednesday program, both Go Sandy Go (Jason Green) and Gracefullyforgiven (Art Stafford, Jr.) both secured a berth [...]

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: RacingWire|

Keying Peace in the Sunland Derby

Sunland Park - Coady Photography Over the years, Sunland Park in New Mexico has garnered a reputation as a very fast and speed-favoring racetrack, producing quick times and often favoring horses that secure the early lead. That has certainly been the case for many renewals of the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III), a nine-furlong Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race that will be held for the fifteenth time this Sunday. However, assuming that the track is always [...]

How to Bet the Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park

Saturday’s feature at Gulfstream Park is the Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes. The six furlong dash over the main track for three-year-olds drew a compact group of 6, but remains an intriguing Grade 3 event nonetheless. The field is led by 9-5-morning line favorite #1 Impact Player. The $350,000 OBS April 2017 purchase for Nk Racing enters his first try against stakes company off of two wire-to-wire victories over this surface. The son of City Zip is all but certain to [...]

Late Pick 4 Analysis for Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park

As usual a late Pick 4 that commences in Race 7 caps off Saturday’s ten-race card at Santa Anita Park. The four-race sequence begins with a starter allowance sprint, includes the featured Grade 2 San Luis Rey, and concludes in Race 10 with a bottom level conditional claimer over the main track. Here are my thoughts on the four races that end Saturday’s card: Race 7 This starter allowance event for runners that have yet to win twice goes through [...]

All-Stakes Pick 4 Analysis for Louisiana Derby Day at Fair Grounds

Fair Grounds Race Course takes center stage on Saturday afternoon as the meet’s premier event headlines a superb card of racing that commences at 12:30 PM local time. The Twin Louisiana Derby drew a competitive field of ten colts led by the top two finishers in the Grade 2 Risen Star last month and Southwest Stakes winner My Boy Jack.  The one million dollar event concludes an all-stakes Pick 4 sequence that gets started in Race 8 with the [...]

Lucullan Looks Live in Muniz Memorial Handicap

Synchrony winning the Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. III) - Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. Finding the winner of Saturday’s $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds could be more or less akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Held at “about” nine furlongs on the turf course, the Muniz Memorial attracted eleven starters, and on paper the race looks wide-open and competitive. Among the most accomplished entrants are #1 Synchrony, who rallied powerfully from off the [...]