Picks and Plays for Saturday Stakes Races at Fair Grounds

Great Wide Open winning the Buddy Diliberto Memorial at Fair Grounds - Photo by Hodges Photography Fair Grounds racetrack in New Orleans certainly knows how to put together a fun day of racing! The upcoming Saturday card features six stakes races worth a combined $700,000, and the best part is that they’re arranged in consecutive fashion without any maiden, allowance, or claiming races to interrupt the action. That makes the card very appealing from the standpoint of multi-race [...]

How to Bet the Stephen Foster Handicap

Backyard Heaven winning the Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) - Coady Photography An excellent 11-race card is on tap on Saturday for the second “Downs After Dark” this spring at legendary Churchill Downs.  Five graded stakes events are slated over the course of the evening headlined by the Grade 1 Stephen Foster. The mile and an eighth race for three year olds and upward is #6 Backyard Heaven’s race to lose. The son of Tizway got off to a [...]

Diversify seeks second grade one in Clark Handicap

Diversify wins the 2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand. Held back from the Breeders’ Cup Classic despite winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park, Diversify gets his chance at a second grade one victory in the 1 1/8-mile Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 24. Diversify had won six of his nine starts, many in New York-bred races, when he tackled graded stakes company for the first time in the 1 ¼-mile [...]

Quality horses to contest Fayette Stakes

  Neolithic wins an allowance race at Saratoga. Courtesy NYRA. Multiple stakes winners, a former Kentucky Derby favorite, and grade one placegetters descend on Keeneland Oct. 28 for the 1 1/8-mile Fayette Stakes (G2). With a lineup featuring many horses that have been chasing Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) contenders like Arrogate, Gun Runner, and West Coast this year, this is a chance for many of them to get a welcome stakes win. Favoritism may be contested between Honorable [...]