Tacitus winning the Wood Memorial (gr. II) at Aqueduct - © NYRA/Coglianese Photography In one of the roughest races seen on the Road to the Kentucky Derby this winter, favored Tacitus emerged from a battle-weary field to win the $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct in hard-fought fashion. Chaos reigned during the run to the first turn, and even Tacitus did not emerge unscathed. A generally ragged start was made worse when Tax, breaking from the rail, [...]
Tacitus winning the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) - Photo by SV Photography There are plenty of promising and accomplished runners to consider in Saturday’s $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct, 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race that has attracted eleven entrants. I’ve taken a look at the five morning line favorites and have divided them into two categories—“For,” containing the horses that I like best, and “Against,” featuring the short-priced runners that [...]
It's Horseplayer Thursday and we're talking all about the big races coming up this weekend. Keeneland has huge fields all weekend and we'll discuss the Blue Grass Stakes day as well as Friday's Transylvania. We'll also touch on the Wood Memorial card at Aqueduct.
We look ahead to Keeneland's opening day card and welcome in NYRA and TimeformUS analyst David Aragona to talk about Wood Memorial week, handicapping NYRA, and much more!
Heading into April, Linda Rice leads Rudy Rodriguez in the Aqueduct trainer standings by 5 races. Rice has won 45 races while Rudy’s won 40. Linda’s horses have also earned a massive $2,254,745. Her horses have won 25% of the time while they’ve finished in the Top 3 60% of the time. Rice has been training since 1987. So, it’s no surprise that her horses are winning. In 2018, her horses won $6,914,061. She could easily eclipse that total in [...]
It's Friday so we're looking ahead to the weekend including talking some Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park racing. Then the BARN Jury comes in to talk all about the NCAA Tournament, give us their picks to win it all, and more!
We take a look back at the weekend of racing including the big Gotham Stakes card at Aqueduct, the Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa, and more!
Haikal winning the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) - © Adam Coglianese Photography/Chelsea Durand The old phrase “pace makes the race” was demonstrated clearly in the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) on March 3 at Aqueduct, won by the late-running Haikal in a driving finish. Indeed, it’s not a stretch to conclude that the outcome of the race was determined almost solely by the extraordinary pace of the one-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep event. On a day [...]
Instagrand winning the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO There is an abundance of early speed entered in Saturday’s $300,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, so it’s hard not to envision the one-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race unfolding at a rapid pace. For example, #6 Instagrand led gate-to-wire in his two impressive victories last year. #7 Not That Brady has set the pace in his last four starts. [...]
It's Horseplayer Thursday and we're happy to welcome in Jonathan Stettin to talk about Fountain of Youth day, countering computer bettors, and more. We also look ahead to this weekend's races at Aqueduct and Tampa Bay Downs.