2019 Kentucky Derby Day: Scratches and an Early Pick 5 Play

King Zachary winning the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) - Coady Photography Happy Kentucky Derby Day! Conditions at Churchill Downs are officially fast and firm for the start of the 14-race Derby Day card, which kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET. But there’s a strong chance of rain in the afternoon, so keep an eye on the weather since conditions could deteriorate as the day progresses. As of 9:13 p.m. ET, scratches and rider changes are as follows: Race [...]

Wilbo Should Receive Winning Trip in Aristides Stakes

Wilbo winning the King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography The field for the $100,000 Aristides Stakes (gr. III) on Saturday at Churchill Downs might not be huge, but it’s certainly not lacking in early speed. Four of the seven horses entered in this six-furlong sprint—#1 Smart Spree, #2 Shadow Tracer, #5 Mr. Crow, and #7 Chief Cicatriz—prefer to race on or very close to the lead, which should ensure that the pace of the Aristides [...]

Seymourdini steps up in quality in Bold Ruler Handicap

Seymourdini is on his own at the finish of the State Dinner Stakes at Belmont Park. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand.   The exciting Seymourdini looks to graduate to graded stakes company in the seven-furlong Bold Ruler Handicap (G3) at Belmont Park Oct. 28 against a group of high quality and resilient sprinters. Seymourdini (Bernardini), a $900,000 purchase at the 2015 OBS April sale, has won five of his nine starts. His only attempt at graded stakes company came [...]

Breeders’ Cup Bearings at Belmont: Handicapping the BC Challenge Races

El Deal wins the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (Coglianese Photos) Belmont Graded Stakes Preview for September 30, 2017 by Alastair Bull Belmont Park’s fall meeting gets serious this weekend with four graded stakes races, all of which could have a bearing on the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Del Mar in early November. Two of the races are official Breeders’ Cup Challenge contests, meaning the winner automatically earns a berth in the relevant Breeders’ Cup race. The first is the [...]