East or West, who holds the stronger Kentucky Derby hand?

By |February 21st, 2018|Categories: 2017 Del Mar BC, Betting Tips, Breeders' Cup, Horses, Jockeys, Kentucky Derby, Races, Thoroughbreds|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s a light week ahead on the Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve, so now’s a good time to take stock of the division following the first 50- points-to-the winner-prep race. With less than seventy-five days until the first Saturday of May racing fans are continuing to formulate opinions on the crop of 2018. With that comes the discussion of whether an East or West Coast based horse is likeliest to find the winners’ circle at this [...]

Fair Grounds: Risen Star Showcases Another Derby Contender

By |February 21st, 2018|Categories: RacingWire|

Bravazo winning the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds - Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir Two Kentucky Derby prep races were the highlight of this past President's Day Weekend. The Fair Grounds in Louisiana ran the Risen Star Stakes. Oaklawn Park in Arkansas ran the Southwest Stakes. Only one, the Risen Star, produced what should be a true Derby contender. What happened in the Southwest? I write some words about that prep.  First, check out [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Kentucky Derby Top 10 — 2/20/18

By |February 20th, 2018|Categories: Horses, Kentucky Derby, Races, RacingWire, Thoroughbreds|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Bravazo winning the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds - Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir The Road to the Kentucky Derby took a few major twists last weekend with upsets in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) and Southwest Stakes (gr. III), plus a brilliant debut from an exciting colt at Santa Anita. Suffice to say, my Kentucky Derby Top 10 has been shaken up a bit this week. Here’s how I rank the contenders [...]

Is Japan’s Sumahama a Kentucky Derby Contender?

By |February 20th, 2018|Categories: Horses, Kentucky Derby, Races, RacingWire, Thoroughbreds|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Tokyo Race Course (Photo Courtesy of the JRA) The Road to the Kentucky Derby might just be getting serious in North America, but across the globe in Japan the action reached its peak on Sunday with Hyacinth Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse, the final and most important race in the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby series. Sixteen horses faced the starter in the 1,600-meter (about one mile) event, with the favorite in the Japanese wagering being Sumahama, who [...]

Pace, Track Favored My Boy Jack in Southwest Stakes

By |February 20th, 2018|Categories: Horses, Kentucky Derby, Races, RacingWire, Thoroughbreds|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

My Boy Jack winning the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography Racing fans were treated to an eye-catching sight on Monday when My Boy Jack produced an explosive rally from off the pace to win the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park. From a visual perspective, My Boy Jack looked terrific. Reserved at the back of the pack early on in the 8.5-furlong Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race, My Boy [...]

Rosecroft kicks off 2018 campaign on Sunday

By |February 18th, 2018|Categories: RacingWire|

Following a modest two-month hiatus for the winter, Rosecroft Raceway kicked off its 2018 live racing slate on Sunday evening with a formful card that offered plenty of promise for future payoffs. In the opening race on the card, Mister Travel (Russell Foster) overcame a brief first over bid to edge the pocket-sitting Sunshinesomewhere (Jonathan Roberts) to capture a non-winners of three races lifetime class in 1:55 as the 8-5 favorite. A six-year-old Mister Big gelding owned and trained by [...]

Mine That Bird Derby Highlights Sunday Card at Sunland Park

By |February 18th, 2018|Categories: Horses, Kentucky Derby, Races, RacingWire, Thoroughbreds|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sunland Park - Coady Photography On a bit of a quiet weekend of racing, Sunland Park in New Mexico will take center stage on February 25th when hosting a nine-race card that includes three stakes races. The first of the featured events is the $75,000 Island Fashion Stakes (Race 7), a one-mile race for three-year-old fillies that serves as a local prep for the March 25th Sunland Park Oaks. A small field of six has been entered, with the filly [...]

Pedigree Handicapping: From Dirt to Turf to the Winner’s Circle

By |February 18th, 2018|Categories: Betting Tips, Horses, Races, RacingWire, Thoroughbreds|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Todd Buchanan 2014 When a horse tries a different racing surface for the first time, it can be difficult for handicappers to know what to expect. For example, if the horse has been racing on dirt, how will they react when switching to turf? Due to the uncertainty involved, there is a tendency for handicappers to dismiss the chances of horses like this and favor runners that are already proven over a particular surface. However, an [...]