Maximum Security wins Florida Derby(Coglianese Photos) The last major racing day of the year in New York will take place Saturday, December 7 at Aqueduct. Half a dozen stakes races are on the agenda, including the $250,000 Remsen Stakes (G2), a steppingstone on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. We’ve already previewed the Remsen, but the $250,000 Demoiselle Stakes (G2) and the $750,000 Cigar Mile (G1) are just as appealing from handicapping and sporting perspectives. Want to play [...]
Tiz a Slam winning the Louisville Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography By most metrics #7 Sadler’s Joy is the horse to beat in Saturday’s $200,000 Red Smith Stakes (G3) going 1 3/8 miles over the grass course at Aqueduct. Sadler’s Joy is certainly the most accomplished competitor. The 6-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy won the 2017 Sword Dancer Stakes (G1) and placed third in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), which clearly demonstrated his ability [...]
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!