We look back at a busy Labor Day weekend of racing including Woodward Day at Saratoga, the Virginia Derby at Colonial, and much more!
Tom's d'Etat winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Although #9 Tom’s d’Etat has never won a graded stakes race of any kind, he may have found the perfect spot to nab a signature Grade 1 victory in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (G1), the feature race on the final Saturday of the 2019 Saratoga meet. Tom’s d’Etat has long shown flashes of significant talent, and he’s knocked heads with some serious racehorses this year, most [...]
Yoshida winning the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga - Photo by Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography One week after Catholic Boy made a successful turf-to-dirt switch to win the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, the talented Yoshida parlayed an identical surface shakeup into an authoritative victory in Saratoga’s $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I). Yoshida’s resounding success was not really expected, but neither was it a major surprise. As a Japanese-bred son of the Arima Kinen Grand Prix [...]
We finish out August by looking ahead to closing weekend at Del Mar and Saratoga including the Del Mar Derby and Debutante. We also welcome back the BARN Jury to talk about their favorite race track hang out spots.
Saratoga Starting Gate (Horsephotos.com) When I examine the entries for Saturday’s $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, I am surprised—or maybe astonished is a better word—by the lack of front-runners and genuine speed horses in the field. Although the nine-furlong race has attracted a full field of fourteen horses, hardly any of them have shown even the slightest inclination to set the pace in any of their races. In fact, of the 137 North American running lines [...]
Saratoga - Photo by Adam Mooshian/Coglianese Photos Summer may have officially arrived in June, but for horsemen, racing fans, and bettors, the season doesn’t truly begin until the annual summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga open for business in mid-July. Both meets are packed with rich stakes races that are expected to attract some of the most accomplished runners in the nation, as well as some of the most promising two-year-olds with 2019 Triple Crown aspirations. We’ve [...]
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 [...]
Punters looking to play the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park Oct. 7 have one major question to ask: do they trust the form of two older horses well beaten by Gun Runner at their last starts, or do they trust two of the better 3-year-olds. Keen Ice may start favorite in the 1 ¼ mile test, which carries direct entry to the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). A distant third-place finisher in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, Keen [...]