This week, we take a look at the Louisiana Derby and the Sunland Park Derby. See who Candice Hare, Emily Gullikson, Brian Zipse, Dan Tordjman, Mike McCormick, Megan Devine, Dan Cronin, and I all like, and let me know in the comments who you like!
Starting this week, I've come on as a contributing writer at Past the Wire, writing racing news pieces a couple of times a week. My first went live today, about Shaun Bridgmohan missing the rest of the Fair Grounds meet due to injury.
Season 1 of the 2019 Big Race Showdown continues this week with the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds and the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields! Joining me on the panel are Candice Hare, Emily Gullikson, Brian Zipse, Dan Tordjman, Mike McCormick, Megan Devine, and Dan Cronin. Read on for our top picks, and who we think can run... Continue Reading →
The stakes on the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks trails go up this Saturday at Fair Grounds, with the first of the 50-point preps. Both the Risen Star (G2) and the Rachel Alexandra (G2) drew large, intriguing fields -- and I tackle both in my latest at Picks and Ponderings.
The Fair Grounds spurs of the Derby Trail and Oaks Trail get underway this Saturday. Over at Picks and Ponderings, I preview the meet's first three-year-old preps, the Silverbulletday for fillies and the Lecomte (G3) for open company.
I love good horse names. Sometimes a horse's name is apt when they're born, and sometimes it becomes apt through what a horse does. Over at Thoroughbred Insider, I talk about why Noble Indy's name fits in both senses.
This is week eight of Big Race Showdown at America’s Best Racing: where I clash heads with six awesome handicappers (Emily Gullikson, Candice Hare, Dan Tordjman, Brian Zipse, Eric Bialek, and Mark DiLorenzo) to see who can stay the hottest through Derby prep season. Though I seem to be getting a little too cute on top, my exotics are doing rather well, especially... Continue Reading →
Saturday at Fair Grounds features the first of the 100-point Derby and Oaks preps, down in the Big Easy: the Louisiana Derby (G2) for open company, and the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) for fillies. Both races drew solid, competitive fields: ten horses in the Louisiana Derby, and nine in the Fair Grounds Oaks. This piece... Continue Reading →
It’s time for the fourth week of Big Race Showdown at America’s Best Racing: where I clash heads with six awesome handicappers (Emily Gullikson, Candice Hare, Dan Tordjman, Brian Zipse, Eric Bialek, and Mark DiLorenzo) to see who can stay the hottest through Derby prep season. So far...I'm holding my own, mostly. I must be getting a bit cute for cute's sake... Continue Reading →
This Saturday, things get serious at Fair Grounds. Since the inauguration of the points system in 2013, 50 points has been far more than enough to get a horse into either the Kentucky Derby or the Kentucky Oaks. And, Saturday's card in New Orleans features the first pair of 50-20-10-5 point preps: the $400,000 Risen... Continue Reading →
This week the Derby Trail and the Oaks Trail kick into major gear, and Picks and Ponderings will be there. The weekend's racing action features three-year-old preps at three different tracks: the Lecomte Stakes and Silverbulletday Stakes Saturday at Fair Grounds, the Jerome Stakes Saturday at Aqueduct, and the Smarty Jones Stakes Monday at Oaklawn Park. This... Continue Reading →
The Louisiana spurs of the Derby trail and the Oaks Trails reach their culmination this weekend with the Louisiana Derby (G2) and the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). Over at Picks and Ponderings, I preview both. Farrell has owned the fillies' preps -- can anyone beat her? Guest Suite and Girvin have won the two open-company... Continue Reading →
This weekend, the Derby Trail and the Oaks Trail revisit the Big Easy, just in time for Mardi Gras! The stakes are higher this weekend, with 50 points (instead of 10) now going to the winners. And, for the Derby-bound, that brought out the cavalcade: fourteen three-year-old males will line up to contest the Grade... Continue Reading →
The Derby trail does not usually get active on Mondays -- but with the national holiday, Oaklawn will not only run this Monday, but will host a pair of graded stakes. Sophomores will clash in the Southwest Stakes (G3), in which Smarty Jones Stakes winner Uncontested will face twelve foes. The race is the second of... Continue Reading →
I spent this past weekend at Fair Grounds. Over on Brisnet.com, I talk about the highlights of my trip. Saturday's stakes races were a thrill, of course. But even beyond that, some other races stand out in my head. I got to see some history made, and I got in touch with what came before.... Continue Reading →