The Player, Good Samaritan Square Off in New Orleans Handicap

The Player winning the Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds -Hodges Phorography/Lou Hodges, Jr. A small but talented group of six horses is set to contest the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) on March 24th at Fair Grounds. The main player in the nine-furlong race is, well, The Player, who will carry the top weight of 122 pounds. The five-year-old son of Street Hero showed promise two years ago with a runner-up effort in the Indiana Derby [...]

Silverbulletday, Other Fair Grounds Stakes Drawn Deep Fields

Wonder Gadot winning the Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography If you’re planning to play the races this Saturday, you won’t want to miss the fantastic card at Fair Grounds that includes large fields and six stakes races. Among the highlights are the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) and the Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap (click either race name to read a more detailed preview), but the other four stakes races also warrant [...]

Diversify seeks second grade one in Clark Handicap

Diversify wins the 2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand. Held back from the Breeders’ Cup Classic despite winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park, Diversify gets his chance at a second grade one victory in the 1 1/8-mile Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 24. Diversify had won six of his nine starts, many in New York-bred races, when he tackled graded stakes company for the first time in the 1 ¼-mile [...]

Quality horses to contest Fayette Stakes

  Neolithic wins an allowance race at Saratoga. Courtesy NYRA. Multiple stakes winners, a former Kentucky Derby favorite, and grade one placegetters descend on Keeneland Oct. 28 for the 1 1/8-mile Fayette Stakes (G2). With a lineup featuring many horses that have been chasing Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) contenders like Arrogate, Gun Runner, and West Coast this year, this is a chance for many of them to get a welcome stakes win. Favoritism may be contested between Honorable [...]