The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and 11 other graded stakes races are the obvious highlights at Churchill Downs this week, but racing’s future will also be on display in a series of quality maiden special weight races. Across Friday and Saturday, five special weight events—three on dirt, two on turf—will be conducted over a variety of distances. The participants might be winless, but these competitive races could serve as springboards [...]
It's a Best of the BARN today and we go back to 2017 for a pair of interviews. First photographer Alex Evers joins the program to talk about shooting some of racing's biggest moments and more. Then trainer Phil D'Amato joins the program to talk about his career.
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, [...]
Understandably the Green Flash Handicap will not get the attention that the graded stakes races will receive on Pacific Classic Day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, but the five-furlong event over the sod drew an extremely strong group of turf sprinters for the Friday twilight feature. The field is led by the top two finishers in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) over this course. #2 Stormy Liberal makes his second start of the form cycle after a [...]
The second of two graded stakes events on tap for Sunday’s card at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes for two-year-old fillies. The 2018 rendition is a challenging one for handicappers as 7 of the 10 fillies entered come in with just one start under their belt. While most horseplayers will lean on horses that won their first race, do not be too quick to eliminate a pair of Kentucky breds that come into the [...]
Photo: Benoit Photo. The weekend stakes action gets started at 6:30 PM Local Time on Friday evening at Del Mar with the $150,000 Real Good Deal Stakes for California-Bred or California Sired three-year-olds. The seven-furlong dash over the main track drew a group of eight led by 3-time winner #2 Take the One O One. The son of Acclamation makes his first start since a length and three-quarter victory in the Snow Chief Stakes on June 2nd. The [...]
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 [...]
Sunday is Closing Day at Santa Anita Park and that means mandatory payouts in all pools. The Pick 6 will get the most attention by far given the three-day $821,858 carryover, but the early Pick 5 is always an attractive option with the low 14% takeout rate. With horizontal wagering opportunities throughout the card it is imperative to find a few potential singles, even if they are favorites. Here are a pair of short priced horses and a couple of [...]
Jason recaps the news of the day including Billy the Brit's big win at Cheltenham. Then trainer Phil D'Amato joins the show to talk about Midnight Storm's run in the Big Cap, his training career, and much more!