Omaha Beach winning the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography As we head into the final round of Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races, now seems like a good time to look back at the 17 North American prep races already run this year and assign a rating to each one. My ratings—based on a scale of 1 to 5—attempt to blend the apparent strength of each race on paper with its potential [...]
It's Monday so we're looking back at a big weekend of racing action including Derby Trail races from Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita, and Aqueduct.
Tax winning the Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography/Joe Labozzetta It was a messy race from start to finish, but when the dust settled it was the 2-1 favorite Tax who emerged victorious in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, gamely rallying up the rail to prevail in a three-way photo finish. It all began when the gates opened and the seven starters were dispatched to a rather ragged start. [...]
We're kicking off February by looking ahead to the weekend of stakes action including the Withers from Aqueduct, Holy Bull card from Gulfstream Park, and the Bob Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita. Then the BARN Jury come in to give their picks for the big football game on Sunday.
Aqueduct (Coglianese Photo) For a race with only seven starters, there’s a surprising amount of depth and talent in Saturday’s $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct. I say “surprising” in part because the Withers is a nine-furlong Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race being held in the cold month of February up at Aqueduct in New York, and the race usually comes up a little light on quality. But this year, the Withers has attracted three [...]
Avery Island winning the Withers Stakes (gr. III) - Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography “Inconclusive” might be the best way to describe the results of the February 3rd $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, an official prep race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. On paper, Avery Island, Firenze Fire, and Marconi looked like the top three contenders in a field of five horses, and they all ran to expectations, leaving the other two colts nearly twenty [...]
AveryIsland wins the Nashua Stakes (Anette Jasko/Coglianese Photos) The Grade 3 Withers Stakes headlines a Saturday afternoon card in New York City where sunny skies are in the forecast. The quality of racing outside of the featured $250,000 event on Saturday at Aqueduct is moderate, but there are still plenty of opportunities to make money, especially over the latter part of the card. I am going to base my Saturday success in New York on my opinion in [...]
Avery Island wins Nashua Stakes (Coglianese Photos/Alysse Jacobs) Races with small fields are generally seen as less competitive than races with large fields, but the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) on Saturday at Aqueduct is a notable exception. Although the nine-furlong race has drawn just six starters, it’s difficult to toss anyone from consideration and no outcome would be particularly surprising. The 8-5 favorite on the morning line is #4 Avery Island, a son of Street Sense trained [...]
On Saturday it was announced that 413 3-year-olds have been nominated to the Triple Crown series. Then there were two performances later in the day that gave us new contenders to watch for the Triple Crown series. Wildcat Red wins the G3 Hutcheson At Aqueduct, it was a battle of New York breds as Uncle Sigh, who was favored by $976, battled in a virtual match race with second choice Samraat in the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers Stakes. [...]