Bodexpress (far left) vies for the early lead in the 2019 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography Handicappers and racing fans can endlessly argue the merits of top 3-year-olds like Maximum Security, Country House and War of Will, but I don’t think anyone will deny that Bodexpress has surpassed them all in the eyes of the general public. After losing his rider at the start of the May 18 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico, Bodexpress put on a show for [...]
Maximum Security winning the Florida Derby (gr. I) - © Adam Coglianese Photography The name of the game in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park was “catch me if you can,” and when the dust settled, you could practically hear the front-running Maximum Security taunting his rivals as he pulled away down the homestretch to score a convincing victory in the 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. Granted, the pace setup for Maximum [...]
It's Friday and we're looking ahead to the big Friday card at Gulfstream Park that features three stakes events as well as a Saturday of stakes action at Santa Anita. We welcome in the BARN Jury to talk about the big weekend in sports and also discuss some of the news out of the CHRB meeting.
Code of Honor winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes - © Adam Coglianese Photography In analyzing the contenders for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, I think the top finishers from last month’s Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) might be a cut above their challengers in this 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. Specifically, those would be #9 Code of Honor, #4 Bourbon War, and #1 Hidden Scroll, who ran [...]
It's Horseplayer Thursday and we welcome in Gino Buccola to talk with us about the Florida Derby and a few of the big undercard races that make up part of the Rainbow 6 Mandatory sequence.
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!
We're looking back on a big Saturday card at Gulfstream Park that featured the Fountain of Youth Stakes, Jaywalk disappointing in her return, and much more!
Code of Honor winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes - © Adam Coglianese Photography A deep field, a fast pace, and a wild finish combined to make Saturday’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park one of the most interesting races so far on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Code of Honor, runner-up in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) last fall, was the star of the show, rebounding to his best form to score [...]
We look ahead to the undercard for the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park and welcome in our new BARN Jury to introduce them and chat about a variety of topics.
Hidden Scroll winning his debut at Gulfstream Park - Photo by Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography The Saturday, March 2 card at Gulfstream Park includes a $750,000-guaranteed all-stakes Pick 4 covering the final four races of the day, including the much-anticipated Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II). The sequence looks a bit chalky, but I do like one live longshot in the finale, and if the sequence is indeed chalky than we should be able to hit it for [...]