Analyze It Faces International Challengers in Secretariat Stakes

Analyze It winning the Transylvania Stakes (gr. III) - Keeneland Photo It’s not hard to imagine that Analyze It will feel a sense of relief when he heads to the starting gate for Saturday’s $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. I) at Arlington Park and realizes that, for once, he will not be joined by Catholic Boy. Analyze It is a head and a neck away from being undefeated in five starts, with those narrow losses coming against Catholic Boy [...]

Analyze It Faces Deep Field in Pennine Ridge Stakes

Analyze It winning the Transylvania Stakes (gr. III) - Keeneland Photo Just how talented is the unbeaten three-year-old turf star Analyze It? No one knows for certain, but we’ll get a better idea when he takes on a quality field of rivals in Saturday’s $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park. The nine-furlong race serves as a prep for the $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational (gr. I) on July 7th at Belmont Park, so it’s not surprising [...]

Keying Vino Rosso in the Tampa Bay Derby

Flameaway winning the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) - © SV Photography Should Tampa Bay Downs ever choose to rename the $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II), the “Todd Pletcher Derby” might be a fitting title. After all, the Hall of Fame trainer has dominated the 8.5-furlong Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race in recent years, winning in 2004, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017. For good measure Pletcher, also finished second and third in [...]

Untamed Domain Looks Tough to Beat in Dania Beach Stakes

Untamed Domain (outside) finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (Photo by Ting Shen/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) In going over the graded stakes races across the country this weekend, it’s hard to find a more likely winner than the promising colt that will start as the favorite in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. That horse would be #6 Untamed Domain, and on paper he should not lose this race. Trained by Graham Motion, the [...]

Juvenile Turf a wide-open contest

Untamed Domain beats Hemp Hemp Hurray (obscured) in the Summer Stakes at Woodbine. Photo: Michael Burns   If you correctly pick the trifecta or superfecta for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, chances are you’ll get a very good payout. You’ll probably get good money just for the winner, for that matter, if the morning line is at all accurate. A very even 14-horse field is entered for the one-mile event, and the morning-line has eight of them at [...]