It's Friday which means we're looking ahead to the weekend action including a great card from Fair Grounds for the Louisiana Derby. The BARN Jury joins us to discuss which Spring meets they're most looking forward to.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Mike and Mike talk harness every Thursday morning in the BetAmerica Radio Network. This week featured The "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Jim Beviglia, and Jennifer Starr.
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 [...]
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 [...]
It's Horseplayer Thursday so we're thrilled to welcome in the morning line maker at NYRA and handicapper for DRF/TimeFormUS David Aragona for a great conversation. We also discuss the Sunland Derby.
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 Spires.com 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 [...]
We discuss the tragic accident at Parx involving jockey Jose Flores and welcome in announcer Craig Evans from Meydan Race Course in Dubai to discuss calling his first World Cup and more!
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 [...]