Lake Ponchatrain winning the Pink Ribbon Stakes at Charles Town - Coady Photography If you’re planning to watch and wager on the $1 million Charles Town Classic (G2) Saturday at Charles Town, I strongly recommend you tune in early to catch the numerous stakes races earlier on the card. Eight stakes races (the first at 2:17 p.m. ET) are scheduled for the afternoon, and they’re arranged in consecutively, without a single allowance or claiming race stuck in between. The [...]
War Story - Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) The $1 million Charles Town Classic (G2) at Charles Town will be contested for the 11th time Saturday, and the previous ten renewals have produced some clear-cut clues to help us identify the most likely winner. Favorites have not been very successful in the Charles Town Classic, probably because the 1 1/8-mile race features three turns over a six-furlong bullring racetrack, which tends to produce a wild race from [...]
Take Charge Paula winning the House Party Stakes at Gulfstream Park - Photo by Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography With seven stakes races on the agenda, the Saturday card at Charles Town is shaping up to be a memorable day of racing with large fields and some very talented horses in action. Let’s take a quick look at all the action…. Race 5: West Virginia-bred two-year-olds will sprint 4 ½ furlongs in the Henry Mercer Memorial Stakes, in which #1 [...]
We look back at the weekend including the Elkhorn from Keeneland, the Charles Town Classic, Santa Anita Stakes, and Woodbine season opener!
War Story - Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) Some major stakes races have a tendency to be dominated by the favorites, while others tend to be a bit more unpredictable. Take, for example, the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita, a race that has never been won by a horse starting at higher than 5.50-1. If you like betting favorites, that’s the type of race you should look for, but if you like longshots, I recommend [...]
We look ahead to weekend stakes action from Keeneland, Santa Anita, and Charles Town and the BARN Jury talk about their worst DQ experiences!
Diversify winning the 2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup - Photo by Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand. Although there aren’t any Kentucky Derby prep races to look forward to this Saturday, handicappers are nevertheless in for a treat thanks to a terrific card at Charles Town that includes nine stakes races. Let’s take a quick look at some of the main contenders in each event…. Race 3: Its Binn Too Long Stakes Pure speed could be the most important factor in [...]
We discuss the news of the day including the future of the Charles Town Classic, the idea of a Breeders' Cup Derby, and more. Then trainer John F. Martin from Northern California joins the show to talk Golden Gate Fields, his awesome mare Mended, and more!
We look back at the big Saturday of racing in Philadelphia at Parx, as well as talk about Belmont, Charles Town, Remington, and more!
We get you ready for the weekend discussing the Oklahoma Derby and Charles Town Oaks cards. Then the BARN Jury talk about which announcer sayings annoy them.