Churchill Downs releases Road to the Kentucky Derby schedule

It’s that time of year again—the 2019-2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby will kick off with the $200,000 Iroquois Stakes (G3) on September 14, according to the official schedule released by Churchill Downs.

Bolt d’Oro, McKinzie Put on a Show in San Felipe Stakes

Bolt d'Oro (left) and McKinzie battle to the wire in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) - © Benoit Photo The showdown lived up to expectations. It was everything racing fans were hoping for, and maybe more. The $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) on March 10th at Santa Anita was billed as a match race between Bolt d’Oro and McKinzie, two of the early favorites for the 2018 Kentucky Derby. And while such showdowns rarely live up to [...]

Taking a Stand in the San Felipe Stakes

McKinzie winning the Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita© Benoit Photo When two star horses face off in a major race, it can be rather challenging for handicappers to make a significant score. Such will be the case on Saturday when Santa Anita hosts the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), a Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race that features an exciting matchup between #1 Bolt d’Oro and #4 McKinzie, two of the most promising horses [...]

Three Grade 1 Races Highlight Saturday Action at Santa Anita

McKinzie winning the Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita© Benoit Photo If you enjoy stakes-packed days of racing, you want won’t to miss the exciting race card that Santa Anita has put together for Saturday, March 10th. Five of the eleven races are stakes events and four of them are graded stakes, with the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) and the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes (gr. I) leading the way. In the Santa Anita Handicap, Hall [...]

An Early Preview of Next Month’s San Felipe Stakes

Solomini (outside) rallies past McKinzie (inside) and Instilled Regard (middle) in the Los Alamitos Futurity(©Benoit Photo) The San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park is not until March 10th, but the two-turn event for three-year-olds is shaping up to be the race of the winter in Southern California. The mile and a sixteenth affair conducted over the main track appears likely to attract three of the top five colts on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” leaderboard as [...]

Player Quick Pick: Santa Anita 3/7/2015

All eyes will be on Santa Anita Park this Saturday, March 7, as Shared Belief tries to make it two in a row by winning the Santa Anita Handicap. But, Shared Belief isn’t the only horse that fans will be watching at Santa Anita on Saturday. Dortmund, the highest ranked three-year-old in the nation according to many racing analysts, is an 8/5 morning line favorite in the San Felipe Stakes. The San Felipe also has attracted Ocho Ocho Ocho, Lord [...]