Will Hawkish Fly to Victory in the Belmont Derby?

Turf racing at Belmont Park - Photo by Coglianese Photography Chad Brown and Aidan O’Brien. Few, if any, will dispute that these two men are among the leading trainers in the world, particularly when it comes to turf horses. Both will be represented by well-regarded runners in Saturday’s $1.2 million Belmont Derby (gr. I) going ten furlongs at Belmont Park, but is it possible they could be overshadowed on this day by a talented horse from a smaller [...]

Keying Hawkish in the Penn Mile Stakes

Maraud winning the American Turf Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The $500,000 Penn Mile Stakes (gr. II) at Penn National has only been run five times, but with a list of winners that includes the Breeders’ Cup champions Bobby’s Kitten and Catch a Glimpse, the one-mile turf race has already stamped itself as a quality event worthy of its Grade 2 status. In my opinion, the 2018 renewal is shaping up to be a [...]

Analyze It Faces Deep Field in Pennine Ridge Stakes

Analyze It winning the Transylvania Stakes (gr. III) - Keeneland Photo Just how talented is the unbeaten three-year-old turf star Analyze It? No one knows for certain, but we’ll get a better idea when he takes on a quality field of rivals in Saturday’s $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park. The nine-furlong race serves as a prep for the $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational (gr. I) on July 7th at Belmont Park, so it’s not surprising [...]

Graded Stakes Races Abound on Saturday Card at Gulfstream

Gulfstream Park (Coglianese Photos) Gulfstream Park is going to put on quite a show this Saturday. Among the fourteen races scheduled for March 3rd are eight graded stakes races, with all of them attracting competitive fields. Among the highlights are the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II), and Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. II), but the other five events also warrant attention. Let’s take a quick look at each one…. Race 4, The Very One [...]