Saratoga 2yos Analysis: Chad Brown On the Rise

The fourth weekend of the Saratoga meet featured a couple more graded stakes races for juveniles, including one that was essentially the definition of a closer-favoring race. The action kicked off on Saturday with the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II), a 6 ½-furlong sprint for fillies contested over a drying-out main track labeled “good.” The track was a bit tiresome as a result, so you can imagine what happened when race favorite Lyrical Lady and longshot Mucho Amor wound up [...]

Saratoga 2yos Analysis: Bill Mott Gets Hot

Two weekends ago, the juvenile races at Saratoga were dominated by trainer Steve Asmussen. Last weekend, it was Bill Mott’s turn to take the spotlight. The Hall of Fame trainer, best known as the conditioner of two-time Horse of the Year Cigar, has been enjoying a strong Saratoga meet with nine wins from his first 42 starters. Two of those victories came on Saturday, courtesy of the two-year-olds Casa Creed and Mucho. Both ran very well in their respective races, [...]

Keying Lyrical Lady in the Adirondack Stakes

Three weeks ago, on opening day at Saratoga, a promising young filly won her debut by 5 ¾ lengths, leading from the start to prevail with authority. On Saturday, that filly—#3 Lyrical Lady—will attempt to take another big step and secure a graded stakes victory in the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga. On paper, she certainly looks like the horse to beat. Trained by Steve Asmussen, who is off to a fantastic start at this Saratoga meet, Lyrical [...]

Top Programs for 2yos, 3yos Highlight 2018 Saratoga Stakes Schedule

Saratoga - Photo by Adam Mooshian/Coglianese Photos Summer may have officially arrived in June, but for horsemen, racing fans, and bettors, the season doesn’t truly begin until the annual summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga open for business in mid-July. Both meets are packed with rich stakes races that are expected to attract some of the most accomplished runners in the nation, as well as some of the most promising two-year-olds with 2019 Triple Crown aspirations. We’ve [...]

Juveniles take center stage at Churchill Downs

Mia Mischief wins her maiden impressively at Keeneland Oct. 8. Photo: Coady Photography.   Thoroughbred racing’s immediate future – and some probable future Kentucky Derby contenders – head to Churchill Downs Oct. 29 for a day of galloping devoted to 2-year-olds. Eleven races are on the card, and all are for juveniles only. The Street Sense Stakes heads the card, but there are three other important races: the Rags to Riches Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, and two $200,000 [...]