Owendale winning the Lexington Stakes (gr. III) - Keeneland Photo What a difference two months can make. After failing to challenge when finishing eighth in the Feb. 16 Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds, Owendale looked like a completely different horse in the April 13 Lexington Stakes (G3) at Keeneland, producing a sweeping rally from off the pace to triumph in eye-catching fashion. A wide but clean trip may have been the key factor for Owendale. Under a [...]
Looking back at a busy weekend including the Lexington Stakes day card at Keeneland, the Arkansas Derby program at Oaklawn Park, and much more!
Rushing Fall winning the Jessamine Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland. Photo: Keeneland/Coady Photography The second Saturday of the 2019 Keeneland spring meet features another action-packed afternoon of high-class racing, including the Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1) and the Lexington Stakes (G3). Those much-anticipated events comprise the last two legs of an all-stakes Pick 4 that has the potential to yield a nice payoff, but only if you can identify the winners of the Ben Ali Stakes (G3) and the [...]
Anothertwistafate winning the El Camino Real Derby - © Vassar Photography/Shane Micheli When ten horses line up to contest Saturday’s $200,000 Lexington Stakes (G3) at Keeneland, the one sure bet is that I’ll be all-in with my support of #4 Anothertwistafate. The 1 1/16-mile race serves as a final, desperate qualifier for the 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1), and offers 20 qualifications points to the winner. Those points alone are unlikely to yield a spot in the starting gate, but [...]
My Boy Jack (green silks) winning the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland - Keeneland Photo/Coady Photography In recent years, the $200,000 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland hasn’t been the most significant of Kentucky Derby prep races. Although it offers 20 Derby qualification points to the winner, the Lexington hasn’t produced a Kentucky Derby starter since 2011, but that’s about to change thanks to My Boy Jack, who unleashed a strong late rally to win the 2018 Lexington [...]
We look back to a busy weekend including Grade 1 action from Oaklawn including the Arkansas Derby and Apple Blossom. Then we head to Keeneland to discuss the Jenny Wiley, Lexington, and more!
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 [...]
Always Dreaming is a huge -150 favorite in Vegas sportsbooks to take home this Saturday's Preakness Stakes. But, like for most Preakness Stakes, there are plenty of newcomers that could upset Always Dreaming's quest for the Triple Crown. Below are the 3 horses that I believe Team Pletcher must watch out for when it comes to the Second Jewel of the Crown. There are positives about all 3 that could lead to a massive upset over the less than even [...]
That's the question on the minds of every Triple Crown playing handicapper on the planet. No horse has had as much buzz going into the Preakness Stakes since, well, American Pharoah in 2015. It's only been a year since trainer Bob Baffert broke the Triple Crown drought with one of the most fantastic racehorses we've ever seen. But Nyquist isn't American Pharoah. There are reasons, which I detailed in a blog earlier this week, that point to Nyquist possibly winning the Triple [...]
When the post positions were drawn for the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes this Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course, the compact field of eight three-year-olds would be almost equally divided among those horses that competed in the Kentucky Derby and three "new shooters" who will look to make their presence known at big prices. Heading the list is American Pharoah, who lived up to his role as the 5-2 favorite in the Kentucky Derby when he rallied from just [...]