Pacific Classic one of several Del Mar BC preps Saturday

It will be a classic East vs. West story when Del Mar hosts an exciting afternoon of Breeders’ Cup prep races Saturday.

Exacta box of the week: Churchill Downs race 6 for Saturday, June 15

Churchill Downs Racing (Horsephotos) Exacta Box of the day for Churchill Downs Stephen Foster Day at Churchill Downs on Saturday, June 15 is the headline event of the latter half Churchill's spring meet. The Saturday race card features five graded stakes.  Of course the feature race is the Stephen Foster H. (G2) and if you want to make a serious play on the Stephen Foster, race 8, perhaps it would help to build bankroll with a nice exacta [...]

Del Mar Handicap Gets the Stakes Action Started on Pacific Classic Day

Itsinthepost winning the San Gabriel Stakes (gr. II) - © BENOIT PHOTO The first of three graded stakes races on the Pacific Classic Day card is the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap. Trainer Phil D’Amato has won 3 of the last 4 renditions and looks to make it back-to-back wins in the event after Hunt got to the wire first in last summer’s edition for owner Michael House. D’Amato sends out a trio of runners in #1 Kenjisstorm, [...]

How to Bet the Del Mar Handicap

Itsinthepost winning the San Gabriel Stakes (gr. II) - © BENOIT PHOTO If you have a strong opinion on who will win Saturday’s $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar, I’m impressed, because on paper the race looks like a very competitive event without any clear standouts. Actually, let me clarify that a bit. At first glance, it certainly appears that #6 Itsinthepost is the horse to beat in this 1 3/8-mile turf test, which offers [...]

A Pair of Turf Stakes Races Headline Sunday Card at Del Mar

Itsinthepost winning the San Gabriel Stakes (gr. II) - © BENOIT PHOTO The first week of the Del Mar Summer meeting concludes with a pair of two-turn stakes races run over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. The feature is the Grade 2 Eddie Read is for three-year-olds and upward and is conducted at a mile and an eighth. Trainer Phil D’Amato won the last two renditions and brings a strong trio into Sunday that includes last year’s winner [...]

Itsinthepost, Hunt Square Off in Eddie Read Stakes

Itsinthepost winning the San Gabriel Stakes (gr. II) - © BENOIT PHOTO If you like grass racing and large, competitive fields, then you won’t want to miss the $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. II) on Sunday at Del Mar. Held at nine furlongs, the Eddie Read has attracted eleven starters that pretty much represent a “who’s who” of California’s top turf horses. Of course, that includes Itsinthepost, who has won seemingly every Grade 2 turf race in California [...]

Late Pick 4 Analysis for Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park

As usual a late Pick 4 that commences in Race 7 caps off Saturday’s ten-race card at Santa Anita Park. The four-race sequence begins with a starter allowance sprint, includes the featured Grade 2 San Luis Rey, and concludes in Race 10 with a bottom level conditional claimer over the main track. Here are my thoughts on the four races that end Saturday’s card: Race 7 This starter allowance event for runners that have yet to win twice goes through [...]