Big Race Showdown: Week 11

This week, the Big Race Showdown panel of Candice Hare, Emily Gullikson, Brian Zipse, Dan Tordjman, Mike McCormick, Megan Devine, Dan Cronin, and I tackles the last two Kentucky Derby points races: the Arkansas Derby (G1) and the Lexington Stakes (G3). See who we like right here!

Big Race Showdown: Week 7

I'm doing pretty well in Big Race Showdown so far this season -- six weeks in, I'm leading the pack with six winners in twelve races! This week, we tackle both divisions of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. See who Candice Hare, Emily Gullikson, Brian Zipse, Dan Tordjman, Mike McCormick, Megan Devine, Dan Cronin, and I all like, and let... Continue Reading →

Picks and Ponderings: 2019 Rebel Stakes Preview

The Derby Trail returns to Oaklawn Park this Saturday with the Rebel Stakes (G2). The race split into two divisions, given the wave of California shippers, and each division would pass as its own standalone Derby prep. In my latest at Picks and Ponderings, I preview both divisions of the 2019 Rebel Stakes.

The Coach’s Sporting Chance

One ukulele, one pile of past performances, no shame. I was playing around with my shiny new baritone uke last night, and my mind wandered off to tomorrow's Rebel Stakes, and this happened:

Picks and Ponderings: 2018 Rebel Stakes Preview

Oaklawn's spur of the Derby trail continues this Saturday with the Rebel Stakes.  The race offers a purse of $900,000, in addition to Road to the Kentucky Derby points (50-20-10-5) for its top four finishers. Inaugurated in 1961, the Rebel Stakes currently serves as the third of four steps on Oaklawn's road to the Kentucky Derby. ... Continue Reading →

looking good for Curlin babies

The last few days have featured two big wins for Curlin babies: one by a filly rounding back into form at age four, and another by a three-year-old colt who is just getting started. Terra Promessa (Missile Bay, by Yes It's True) caught fire last winter at Oaklawn.  She started the meet with the easiest... Continue Reading →

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