2018 Preakness Stakes Jockey Facts and Trends

Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography Every year, bettors handicapping the Kentucky Derby study a huge number of factors and trends that could affect the outcome of the race, placing greater emphasis than usual on things like history, pedigrees, and jockey assignments. In contrast, the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Racecourse never seems to receive the same level of attention from a handicapping perspective, but that doesn’t mean that the second leg [...]

2018 Preakness Stakes Contenders and Workouts

Justify galloping at Churchill Downs on May 13th - Coady Photography With just two days remaining until entries for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) are drawn, the field is pretty much set and the competitors have completed the majority of their pre-race training. Let’s take a look through the list of prospective starters and how they’ve been preparing for the second leg of the Triple Crown…. Bravazo Just eight days after finishing a solid sixth in the Kentucky [...]

Blended Citizen Prevails in Competitive Jeff Ruby Steaks

Blended Citizen winning the Jeff Ruby Steaks (gr. III) at Turfway Park - Coady Photography As expected, the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (gr. III) on March 17th at Turfway Park produced a thrilling and competitive finish, with the result remaining in doubt until a few strides before the finish line. However, it remains to be seen how much of an impact the nine-furlong race will have on the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown. Despite being a Road to the [...]

Turf Horses Could Have an Edge in Jeff Ruby Steaks

Fast and Accurate (inside), winner of the 2017 Jeff Ruby Steaks (then known as the Spiral Stakes), turns in a morning workout - Coady Photography It seems logical that a race held over a synthetic track should favor horses with previous experience over synthetic tracks, right? That might seem like a sound assumption, but it really hasn’t applied to the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (gr. III) at Turfway Park. Although the nine-furlong Road to the Kentucky Derby prep [...]