Competitive Field Assembles for Lexington Stakes

My Boy Jack winning the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography Talk about a competitive race! Saturday’s $200,000 Lexington Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland offers 20 Kentucky Derby qualification points to the winner, and since the timing of the race also makes it a viable prep race for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), a huge field of twelve horses has been entered. On paper, there’s quite a bit of early speed in the Lexington [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Kentucky Derby Top 10 – 12/19/17

Principe Guilherme winning an allowance race at Fair Grounds (Hodges Photography) “He’s like a young Gun Runner.” That’s the thought that crosses my mind when I think about the exciting two-year-old Principe Guilherme, who brought his record to a perfect 2-for-2 with an eye-catching allowance win at Fair Grounds on December 16th. Some of the similarities are obvious. Principe Guilherme, like Gun Runner, is from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen. Both colts opened their [...]

Greyvitos Joins Derby Trail With Remington Springboard Mile Victory

Greyvitos winning the Bob Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar - ©Benoit Photo Racing fans across the country were up a bit later than usual last night to watch an intriguing renewal of the $400,000 Remington Springboard Mile Stakes at Remington Park. The one-mile race offered Kentucky Derby qualification points for the first time in its brief history, but although twelve horses faced the starter, in the end all eyes were on the impressive winner Greyvitos. Coming [...]

Combatant Could Offer Value in Competitive Springboard Mile

Combatant breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs (Coady Photography) The $400,000 Remington Springboard Mile on December 17th at Remington Park has been rapidly gaining prestige since its inaugural running in 2009, and this year—for the first time—the race will offer Kentucky Derby qualification points to the top four finishers. Perhaps as a result, the race has drawn a large and competitive field of twelve lightly-raced juveniles. Steve Asmussen, by far the leading trainer at the current Remington meet with [...]

Run Away faces talented rivals in Bob Hope Stakes

Best Pal Stakes winner Run Away goes for five wins from six starts in the Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar. Pic: Benoit Photo. With four victories and a grade one third-place finish behind Bolt d’Oro, Run Away is clearly the form horse going into the seven-furlong Bob Hope Stakes (G3) at Del Mar Nov. 11. Whether he can concede between four and six pounds to his five promising rivals and still come out on top is another [...]