Vino Rosso Rebounds With Wood Memorial Victory

Vino Rosso winning the Wood Memorial (gr. II) - Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography On paper, Saturday’s $1 million Wood Memorial (gr. II) at Aqueduct wasn’t the strongest of the day's three Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races, but the end result was a quality event that that could have a significant impact on the Triple Crown. The clear favorite in the nine-furlong race was the two-time graded stakes winner Enticed, winner of the Gotham Stakes (gr. [...]

Did a Favorable Pace Setup Help Enticed in the Gotham Stakes?

Enticed winning the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct - Photo by Coglianese Photography If you’re looking for the definition of a race that is “fast early, slow late,” check out the results of the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) on March 10th at Aqueduct. From start to finish, the one-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race got slower with every quarter-mile fraction, and while this isn’t surprising for a slow track like Aqueduct, it was the extent [...]

Coltandmississippi Might Have an Edge in Jerome Stakes

Firenze Fire winning the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) - Photo courtesy of NYRA/Coglianese Photography In handicapping the $150,000 Jerome Stakes (gr. III) this Saturday at Aqueduct, the key to identifying the winner might not be finding the best horse, but the fittest horse. The one-mile Kentucky Derby prep race was originally scheduled to be run on January 1st, but was postponed due to cold weather and rescheduled for January 13th. This by itself could be enough to throw [...]

Will Firenze Fire Rebound in the Jerome Stakes?

Firenze Fire winning the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) - Photo courtesy of NYRA/Coglianese Photography Happy New Year! Aqueduct racetrack in New York isn’t wasting any time getting underway with their winter prep races for the 2018 Kentucky Derby—their series will kick off on January 1st with the $150,000 Jerome Stakes going a mile. The horse to beat is undoubtedly #5 Firenze Fire, who is by far the most accomplished horse in the field with wins in the Champagne Stakes [...]