Former claimer could challenge for victory in Dueling Grounds Derby

On Saturday trainer Mike Maker’s skills will be put to the test when Temple contests the $600,000 Dueling Grounds Derby at Kentucky Downs.

How to bet the 2019 Saratoga Derby

Henley's Joy winning the Belmont Derby (G1) - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photos/Joe Labozzetta It’s safe to say many handicappers, particularly trip handicappers, will land on #4 Rockemperor as the most likely winner of Sunday’s $750,000 Saratoga Derby at Saratoga. The inaugural running of this rich, 1 3/16-mile race attracted the top five finishers from last month’s 1 1/4-mile Belmont Derby (G1) at Belmont Park, which isn't surprising since the two races comprise the first two legs of the [...]

Chad Brown brings two for Pennine Ridge Stakes

Demarchelier winning an allowance race - Keeneland Photo The $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park is a young race, with its inaugural run in 2014, but already has found a productive place on the racing calendar. The 1 1/8-mile event, scheduled for June 1 this year, was created to serve as an annual springboard to the $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) in July at Belmont Park and has lived up to expectations. The last two [...]

Saratoga 2yos Analysis: Bill Mott Gets Hot

Two weekends ago, the juvenile races at Saratoga were dominated by trainer Steve Asmussen. Last weekend, it was Bill Mott’s turn to take the spotlight. The Hall of Fame trainer, best known as the conditioner of two-time Horse of the Year Cigar, has been enjoying a strong Saratoga meet with nine wins from his first 42 starters. Two of those victories came on Saturday, courtesy of the two-year-olds Casa Creed and Mucho. Both ran very well in their respective races, [...]

Saratoga 2yos Analysis: Steve Asmussen Keeps On Winning

Trainer Steve Asmussen (Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Ben Van Hook 2014) Just how deep is Steve Asmussen’s roster of talented young two-year-olds? No one can say for certain, because seemingly every week—or at times, every day—Asmussen unleashes another promising young runner. Last week at Saratoga, Asmussen won three juvenile races in the span of two days, and he would have won four over three days if not for a disqualification on Thursday. The disqualified runner was Super Simple, [...]