Big Race Showdown: Whitney Stakes

Season Two of this year’s Big Race Showdown at America’s Best Racing continues this weekend: 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. This week we look at the biggest handicap-division race of the summer at Saratoga: the Whitney... Continue Reading →

Picks and Ponderings: 2018 Whitney Stakes Preview

The handicap division has no bigger showcase during the Saratoga meet than the Whitney.  The race takes its name from the Whitney family, scions of the New York racing circuit.  William Collins Whitney co-founded the Jockey Club, and campaigned prominent racehorses such as the 1901 Epsom Derby winner Volodyovski and 1904 Champion two-year-old filly Artful. ... Continue Reading →

Dubai Racing Channel – Greentree feature

Earlier this month, after Equestricon, I was part of a group lucky enough to visit Greentree, Godolphin's training facility in Saratoga.  Last week I published a photo gallery from that visit -- but if you want to get another look, watch this feature from the Dubai Racing Channel!  Laura King was out at Greentree to... Continue Reading →

A Day at the Races: Saratoga

The same road trip that brought me to Fort Erie also brought me to Saratoga for the first time ever! I had few expectations for the Spa...but one of the major ones I did have was shattered in the best possible way.  Read how, over at Brisnet.  

onward and upward from Belmont Day

Belmont Stakes day got off to a good start for Curlin babies, with Connect posting an authoritative allowance win.  Connect, of course, proved that was no fluke this past Friday when he returned to win the Curlin Stakes. Two others who raced on Belmont day did not fare quite as well.  Curalina (Whatdreamsrmadeof, by Graeme... Continue Reading →

it’s a Curlin baby in the Curlin Stakes!

Trainer Chad Brown has taken his time with Connect (Bullville Belle, by Holy Bull).  He debuted in December, finished a solid third in a maiden special weight at Aqueduct, then got another five months to grow into himself.  He returned in May at Belmont, and came back a comfortable winner at the same level.  On... Continue Reading →

Picks and Ponderings: Jim Dandy Day

Action at the Spa continues this weekend.  Over at Picks and Ponderings, Paul Mazur and I dive into Saturday's stakes races there. I focus on the three-year-old dirt stakes on Saturday's card, the Jim Dandy (GII) for routers and the Amsterdam (GIII) for sprinters.  Paul takes on the two races for older horses: the Vanderbilt... Continue Reading →

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