Intrepid Heart winning his debut at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography While many handicappers will argue pedigrees are no longer a key factor in determining the winner of the Kentucky Derby, they remain an important aspect to consider when analyzing potential contenders for the Belmont Stakes. The 1 1/2-mile distance of the “Test of the Champion" places more emphasis on stamina than the 1 1/4 miles of the Kentucky Derby, so generally speaking Belmont winners tend to boast [...]
Game Winner winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) - Coady Photography With entries due in less than two weeks, the field is slowly coming together for the final leg of the Triple Crown, the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 8 at Belmont Park. At least 11 horses are under consideration for the 1 1/2-mile “Test of the Champion,” and more could join the field during the coming weeks. The Belmont figures to come up deeper [...]
Turf racing at Belmont Park - Photo by Coglianese Photography Trainer Chad Brown might be the dominant conditioner of turf horses in North America, but on Saturday, he’ll try something new in the $100,000 Soaring Softly Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park. In essence, he’ll try to win a major turf race with a tried-and-true dirt horse. That’s right. Brown’s entry in this seven-furlong sprint is No. 5 Seek and Destroy, whose lone run on turf to date yielded [...]
It's Friday and we're getting ready for the weekend talking about racing from Belmont Park and Churchill Downs. We welcome in the BARN Jury to discuss what sporting controversies they find the most fascinating.
We're looking back at the weekend including a huge day at Belmont Park as the Peter Pan, Man O'War, Runhappy, and more were contested. We also talk some Churchill Downs, Monmouth, and start looking ahead to Preakness week!
It's Friday and we're looking ahead to the big Belmont Park Saturday program that features the Peter Pan, the Man O' War, the Beaugay, and more! Then the BARN Jury joins us to tell us their favorite memories of Kentucky Derby week.
Channel Maker (outside) finishes in a dead-heat with Glorious Empire (inside) in the Bowling Green Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography Three straight defeats have befallen #8 Channel Maker since he won the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) in gate-to-wire fashion at Belmont Park last fall. But perhaps a return to Belmont for Saturday’s $700,000 Man o’ War Stakes (G1) will trigger a rebound. An honest pace could enhance Channel Maker’s chances in [...]
Intrepid Heart winning his debut at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography While he’s unlikely to offer much wagering value, I would be surprised if #1 Intrepid Heart is defeated in Saturday’s $300,000 Peter Pan Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park. Everything about this well-bred son of Tapit has caught my eye. Sold for $750,000 as a 2-year-old in training, Intrepid Heart was nominated to the Triple Crown prior to his debut, and I mentioned at the time he could [...]
We discuss the Thursday twilight card coming up at Belmont Park as well as Jason's namesake horse Beemie Award who won last Friday at Oaklawn Park. Jason also discusses opening day calling the races at Monmouth Park.
It's Friday and we're looking ahead to the weekend that includes Opening night at Churchill Downs, a big card at Golden Gate Fields, Belmont starting up, and more! Plus the BARN Jury joins us to talk about what things to avoid during Derby week.