This week, we tackle the UAE Derby and the Florida 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!
In my latest at Picks and Ponderings, I take a detailed look at both three-year-old points races on Saturday's card at Gulfstream, as well as share my selections for all of Saturday's stakes races in Hallandale Beach. Read on right here!
Racing may still be on hiatus in Chicago for another three weeks, but that doesn't mean we aren't following locals in big races. This Saturday's card at Gulfstream is anchored by the Hal's Hope Stakes (G3), a race that marks the four-year-old debut of Illinois-bred rising star Sir Anthony. Read on in my latest at... Continue Reading →
I'm thrilled to return to the panel for the Big Race Showdown at America's Best Racing this year! Also on the panel are Candice Hare, Emily Gullikson, Brian Zipse, Dan Tordjman, Mike McCormick, Megan Devine, and Dan Cronin. Each week we'll zoom in on a few of the biggest races, share our top picks, and... Continue Reading →
In my latest at Picks and Ponderings, I take a look at the pair of rich Grade 1 races: the third annual Pegasus World Cup, and the first annual Pegasus World Cup Turf!
Welcome back to the Twelve Days of Curlin Babies, where we celebrate the twelve most memorable races from Curlin’s progeny throughout 2018. Through all the hundreds of races in which they ran this year, these are the ones to which my mind keeps wandering back. #12: Timeless Curls Marks Herself a Rising Star#11: Secret Passage Comes... Continue Reading →
At Picks and Ponderings, I look at Saturday's competitive eleven-horse field in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Stakes -- new, improved, and extended to seven furlongs as of this year.
Over at Picks and Ponderings, I take a look at a top-class rendition of the Fort Lauderdale Stakes, and offer my opinions on a full day of graded stakes action.
I had a lot of fun writing my latest piece at Thoroughbred Insider, a little musing about Florida Derby winner Audible, thinking about the various sounds that have characterised his career so far. You can read it right here.
This is week nine 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. This week, we tackle one prep overseas and one prep stateside: the UAE Derby starts the day, and the... Continue Reading →
Saturday afternoon, Chicago time, the Derby trail and the Oaks trail return stateside, to Gulfstream Park. Their three-year-old preps -- and their winter Championship meet -- draw to a close with the Florida Derby (G1) and the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2). The Florida Derby, particularly, has long been a top-flight Kentucky Derby prep. Its importance has... Continue Reading →
After a little hiatus last week, it's time for the fifth 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. The Risen Star and El Camino Real were tough (too... Continue Reading →
This Saturday features four different three-year-old preps at three different tracks: three Kentucky Oaks prep, and a Kentucky Derby prep as well. Over at Picks and Ponderings, I preview all four of the points races: the Fountain of Youth (G2) and the Davona Dale (G2) at Gulfstream, the Busher Stakes at Aqueduct, and the Santa... Continue Reading →
It's time for the second week of Big Race Showdown at America’s Best Racing! The panel is full of sharp horse racing minds: Emily Gullikson, Candice Hare, Dan Tordjman, Brian Zipse, Eric Bialek, and Mark DiLorenzo. This week, we take a look at a pair of Kentucky Derby preps, one on each coast. Head over to ABR, and see who we like for the... Continue Reading →
Last weekend, the three-year-old prep season took a one-week break. Focus instead shifted to the older horses, as Gun Runner showed in the Pegasus World Cup why allowing a sound horse to stay in training through age five can be downright magical. We're back to reality this week: Gun Runner has taken up residence at... Continue Reading →