Hawthorne has its marquee spring race day on Saturday with the Illinois Derby (GIII) and the Sixty Sails (GIII), and my analysis of these races will come in this weekend’s Chicago Railbird.
However, another track also has its big race day on Saturday. If the Charles Town Classic (GII) was enough to get Shared Belief to race outside California for the first time, it is enough for me to turn my Chicago-focused eyes outward to take a look at the race.
Shared Belief may be the best dirt horse in the world…but between the ship and the bullring, can you really take 2/5 or less on him? Are there any interesting upset horses in the field? I have opinions on these questions and more, and have discussed the race in detail at Picks and Ponderings.