Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The first phase of the 2019-2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby—running through the championship-defining Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1)—is complete. Now we can turn our attention to the second phase, in which late-maturing juveniles will seek to steal the spotlight in races like the November 30 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs, the December 7 Remsen Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct and the December 7 Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) at Los Alamitos. It’s [...]
By My Standards winning the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) - © Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. The trend of upset victories in Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races continued on Saturday when By My Standards produced a big rally up the inside to post a 22-1 upset victory in the $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds. At the start of the race, all eyes were won the 4-5 favorite War of Will, who was expected [...]
We're bringing back the Roundtable as we welcome in a pair of New Orleanian's to join us to talk about the Louisiana Derby card at Fair Grounds. Gary Palmisano and Frank McGoey join the Roundtable to dissect all the contenders in the La. Derby, the Fair Grounds Oaks and more!
Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography A marathon day of racing is scheduled for Saturday, March 23 at Fair Grounds. Thirteen races are on the card, including the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II), a prominent steppingstone toward the 2019 Kentucky Derby. That race is unquestionably the main highlight, but the undercard includes several other interesting stakes races that could offer opportunities to make nice wagering [...]
War of Will winning the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) © Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. How to bet the Louisiana Derby depends on what you think of War of Will, the Lecomte-Risen Star winner looking to join International Star as the only horse to sweep Fair Grounds' Kentucky Derby points series. The War Front colt closed as the 12.5-to-1 third choice in Kentucky Derby Future Wager 3, and a win in this race would likely guarantee he is [...]
Serengeti Empress winning the Ellis Park Debutante Stakes - Coady Photography The Road to the Kentucky Oaks continues on Saturday with the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) at (where else?) Fair Grounds, a very productive race that has churned out four Kentucky Oaks winners since 2008. All eyes will be on #2 Serengeti Empress in this 1 1/16-mile race, and deservedly so. Trained by Tom Asmoss, the daughter of Alternation is a three-time graded stakes winner and [...]
War of Will winning the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) © Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. I don’t think anyone will deny that #6 War of Will is going to be tough to beat in the March 23 Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds. The 1 1/8-mile races kicks off the final round of Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races offering 100 qualification points to the winner. War of Will hardly needs them; after all, he’s [...]
We chat about Fair Grounds Mardi Gras day card, Santa Anita cancelling racing for the time being, and welcome in Richard Grunder from Tampa Bay Downs to talk about his 35 years in the booth there, the upcoming Tampa Bay Derby, and much more!
It's Fat Tuesday and we open the show talking about the Mardi Gras card at Fair Grounds including the return of Tenfold. Then we welcome in Daily Racing Form correspondent Marty McGee to catch us up on all the news coming out of Gulfstream Park post Fountain of Youth day.
Racing at Fair Grounds - Photo by Hodges Photography Most handicappers this weekend will understandably be turning their attention to the stakes-packed Saturday card at Gulfstream Park, but players on the lookout for up-and-coming Kentucky Derby contenders are advised to check out the action at Fair Grounds as well. The nine-race Saturday card includes a trio of intriguing races for three-year-olds. The action kicks off with the $75,000 Black Gold Stakes, a one-mile turf event scheduled as the [...]