Big Race Showdown: Week 6

This week, the Big Race Showdown panel tackles a trio of Derby preps: the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), the Gotham (G3), and the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3)! 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 into... Continue Reading →

A Day at the Races: Turfway Park

Two weekends ago, I visited Turfway Park for the first time! Come with me as I explored the track, learned about its history (and that of its predecessor, old Latonia Park), and tried with varying degrees of success to stay dry in a Saturday night deluge.  Read my latest, at Brisnet.  

Scissors and Tape puts it together!

Scissors and Tape (One Lucky Storm, by Tale of the Cat) showed promise when he debuted in a one mile and seventy yard maiden special weight at Fair Grounds on December 28.  He was near the rear early, while Torrontes got a comfortable lead over an off track.  He got caught wide, but improved well... Continue Reading →

Chicago Railbird: the WEBN Stakes

This week, Chicago Railbird takes a (figurative) road trip to Turfway for the WEBN Stakes.  Though the race will be run in Kentucky, it has a Chicago-area connection.  The top two finishers from last year's Arlington-Washington Futurity, Shogood and Van Damme, are among twelve runners (plus two also-eligibles) in the six and a half furlong... Continue Reading →

Spiraling into chaos

I got more wrong this week about the stakes races in the Public Handicapper contest than I have in a long time, though somehow I managed not to strike out completely.  The biggest bright spot in my weekend came from my continued belief in the class of Aurelia's Belle, who notched her first graded stakes... Continue Reading →

Spiral weekend!

This week, the Public Handicapper contest features four races: two at Turfway (a track I've never handicapped before...), one at Oaklawn, one at Santa Anita -- and all for three-year-olds.  There's no need for too much jibber-jabber.  Let's just dive into the races! Oaklawn Gazebo Stakes (three-year-olds, 6 furlongs on the dirt) It's never fun... Continue Reading →

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