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Stronghold wins 2024 Sunland Park Derby

Kentucky Derby 2024 Update (2-20-24)

By Jarrod Horak The Risen Star Stakes and Sunland Park Derby were the latest road to Kentucky Derby 2024 points races. In this article, I will look back at those events and update my “Exceptional 11” Kentucky Derby contenders. The next points race is the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn on Saturday, Feb. 24. [...]
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Kentucky Oaks 2024 Update (2-19-24)

By Jarrod Horak The Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes and Sunland Park Oaks were the latest road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 points races. In this article, I will look back at those races and update my “Fabulous 5” Oaks contenders. The UAE Oaks (Feb. 23) and Honeybee (Feb. 24) are the next Kentucky Oaks points [...]
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Santa Anita Horses To Watch Racing Today

Santa Anita Horses To Watch Racing This Week Matanzas Creek: Very Smart Final Quarter To Win by 3 (Next Upcoming Race: December 29, 2023) Three year old colt for Tim Yakteen made start #2 on Sunday in a maiden special weight at ¾ on the main. Off at 6/1 in a field of five, he [...]
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Lucky Jeremy wins 2024 Riley Allison Derby

Sunland Park Derby 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Sunland Park on Sunday, February 18, and I have included Sunland Park Derby 2024 picks below. The Grade 3 event for 3-year-olds has a $400,000 purse and the eight entrants will be journeying 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The Sunland Derby is [...]
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Candy Aisle wins 2024 Borderplex Stakes

Sunland Park Oaks 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 continues at Sunland Park on Sunday, February 18, and I have included Sunland Park Oaks 2024 picks below. The non-graded event for 3-year-old fillies has a $250,000 purse and the six entrants will be journeying a flat mile on the main track. The Sunland Oaks is [...]
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Dornoch beats Sierra Leone in 2023 Remsen

Risen Star Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Fair Grounds on Saturday, February 17, and I have included Risen Star Stakes 2024 picks below. The Grade 2 event for 3-year-olds has a $400,000 purse and the twelve entrants will be journeying 1 1/18 miles on the main track. The Risen Star is [...]
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Rachel Alexandra Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 continues at Fair Grounds Race Course on Saturday, February 17, and I have included Rachel Alexandra Stakes 2024 picks below. The Grade 2 event for 3-year-old fillies has a $300,000 purse and the seven entrants will be journeying 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The [...]
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Kentucky Derby 2024 Update (2-13-24)

By Jarrod Horak The Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs was the most recent road to Kentucky Derby 2024 points race. In this article, I will look back at that race and update my “Exceptional 11” Kentucky Derby contenders. The next points race is the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair [...]
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Kentucky Oaks 2024 Update (2-12-24)

By Jarrod Horak The Suncoast and Las Virgenes Stakes were the latest road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 points races. In this article, I will look back at those races and update my “Fabulous 5” Oaks contenders. The Rachel Alexandra (Feb. 17) and Sunland Oaks (Feb, 18) are the next two Kentucky Oaks points races.  In [...]
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Agate Road graduates at Saratoga

Sam F. Davis Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, February 10, and I have included Sam F. Davis Stakes 2024 picks below. The Grade 3 event for 3-year-olds has a $250,000 purse and the twelve entrants will be journeying 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The Sam [...]
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Nothing Like You wins 2023 Desi Arnaz Stakes

Las Virgenes Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 continues at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, February 10, and I have included Las Virgenes Stakes 2024 picks below. The Grade 3 event for 3-year-old fillies has a $100,000 purse and the five entrants will be journeying one mile on the main track. The Las Virgenes [...]
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Life Talk wins 2023 Demoiselle

Suncoast Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 continues at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, February 10, and I have included Suncoast Stakes 2024 picks below. The non-graded event for 3-year-old fillies has a $150,000 purse and the six entrants will be journeying a mile and forty yards on the main track. The Suncoast [...]
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Which Santa Anita Handicappers Have Been The Most Profitable This Year (Dec. 26 – Feb 3)

Today’s Racing Digest’s Santa Anita Win Picks Consistently Out Perform The Competition In a study comparing win pick results from 6 of the most popular handicapping pick websites for year to date racing for the 2024 Winter meet at Santa Anita  (December 26, 2023 – February 3, 2024) Today’s Racing Digest continues to provide the [...]
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Uncle Heavy wins 2024 Withers

Kentucky Derby 2024 Update (2-6-24)

By Jarrod Horak The Withers, Robert Lewis, Southwest, and Holy Bull were the latest road to Kentucky Derby 2024 points races. In this article, I will look back at those events and update my “Exceptional 11” Kentucky Derby contenders. The next points race is the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes on Saturday, Feb. 10. [...]
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Band of Gold wins 2024 Martha Washington Stakes

Kentucky Oaks 2024 Update (2-5-24)

By Jarrod Horak The Forward Gal and Martha Washington Stakes were the latest road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 points races. In this article, I will look back at those races and update my “Fabulous 5” Oaks contenders. The  Las Virgenes at Santa Anita was originally scheduled for Feb. 4, but rainy weather pushed that race [...]
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Robert Lewis Stakes 2024 Video Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, February 3, and I have included Robert Lewis Stakes 2024 video picks below. The Grade 3 event for 3-year-olds has a $200,000 purse and the nine entrants will be journeying one mile on the main track. The Robert Lewis is the [...]
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Arabian Knight wins 2023 Southwest

Southwest Stakes 2024 Video Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Oaklawn on Saturday, February 3, and I have included Southwest Stakes 2024 video picks below. The Grade 3 event for 3-year-olds has an $800,000 purse and the twelve entrants will be journeying 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The Southwest is the 11th [...]
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Fierceness wins at Saratoga in 2023.

Holy Bull Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, February 3, and I have included Holy Bull Stakes 2024 picks below. The Grade 3 event for 3-year-olds has a $250,000 purse and the eight entrants will be journeying 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The Holy Bull is [...]
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Calm Sea: Runner Who Doesn’t Need The Lead To Win (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old gelding for George Papaprodromou tried the first allowance condition at a mile on the turf for open runners on Saturday in the final race on the program. Off a t 10/1 in a full field of 12 runners, he battled for the lead right from the get go from his rail post [...]
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Chismosa: Watch For Her in Cal Bred Stakes Where She’ll Be Tough To Beat (Next Upcoming Race: )

Hard knocking four year old filly for Rafael DeLeon tried the Grade 3 Santa Monica stakes on Saturday at 7 furlongs on the main for older fillies and mares. Off at 7/1 in a field of five, this Cal bred filly gives it her all every time to the post. She laid back early here [...]
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Summer Lake: Won by 5 With Newly Shown Early Speed (Next Upcoming Race: )

Five year old mare for Carla Gaines, off since late November, tried the first allowance condition for Cal breds in the opener on Saturday at six and a half down the hill for older fillies and mares. Off at 5/1 in a field of 8, she broke running under Frankie Dettori and quickly grabbed the [...]
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Withers Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Aqueduct on Saturday, February 3, and I have included Withers Stakes 2024 picks below. The Grade 3 event for 3-year-olds has a $250,000 purse and the nine entrants will be journeying 1 1/18 miles on the main track. The Withers is the 9th race [...]
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Martha Washington Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 continues at Oaklawn on Saturday, February 3, and I have included Martha Washington Stakes 2024 picks below. The non-graded event for 3-year-old fillies has a $250,000 purse and the nine entrants will be journeying 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The Martha Washington is the [...]
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Witwatersrand wins 2023 Mazarine Stakes

Forward Gal Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 continues at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, February 3, and I have included Forward Gal Stakes 2024 picks below. The Grade 3 event for 3-year-old fillies has a $125,000 purse and the seven entrants will be journeying seven furlongs on the main track. The Forward Gal is [...]
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Santa Anita Meet To Date Handicappers Win Pick Results Comparison

Today’s Racing Digest’s Santa Anita Win Picks Consistently Out Perform The Competition In a study comparing win pick results from 6 of the most popular handicapping pick websites for year to date racing for the 2024 Winter meet at Santa Anita  (December 26, 2023 -January 28, 2024) Today’s Racing Digest continues to provide the most [...]
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Kentucky Derby 2024 Update: No Baffert Runners

By Jarrod Horak This is my final Kentucky Derby 2024 report for January. In this post, I will look back at the Grade 3 Lecomte and update my “Exceptional 11” Derby contenders. The Derby trail really heats up this week with four points races on Feb. 3 (Holy Bull, Robert Lewis, Southwest, Withers).  In a [...]
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Malibu Rocks: Battled Gamely Down The Lane and Never Surrendereed Until the End (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old colt for Mike Puype made start #2 on Sunday and 1st around two turns in a maiden special weight event at a flat mile on the main for sophomores. Off at 5/1 in a field of six, he made the running from the get go under Rosario and set blazing splits of [...]
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Cameron Slough: Ran Too Good To Lose But Got Nailed at Wire By Late Runner (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old filly for Neil Drysdale made start #2 in Sunday’s opener, but first since February of 2023. Off at 11/1 in a field of just six in this maiden claimer for older runners at a mile on the turf, she came out running under Maldonado and was 2nd into and out of the [...]
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Curlin’s Kaos: Strong Visually Impressive Turf of Foot (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old gelding for Tony Garcia tried two turns for the first time in his career on Saturday in a maiden special weight affair at a mile on the turf for sophomores. Bet down very late to the 2/1 co-favorite in a field of 9, he checked early right after the break, then was [...]
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The Highest Final Time Rating has picked 4 Of The 7 Pegasus World Cup Classic Winners. See Who Has The Highest FNL RAT This Year.

Highest Performance Figures Earned By Each Horse Coming Into the 2024 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) | Saturday, January, 27, 2024  | Gulfstream Park | Race #13 | Post Time 5:40 EST The 2024 Pegasus World Cup Invitational pre-entries listed above show the highest Final Time Rating (FNL RAT) each horse [...]
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Mystic Flyer: Superb Effort and His 2nd In a Row Coming Off Turf (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old gelding for Mike McCarthy tried a protected 32,000 Starter Allowance race on Friday for older runners at a mile on the main track. Off at 16/1 in a field of 7, he broke running under Tyler Baze and contested the early lead into the clubhouse turn. Baze got him to relax nicely [...]
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National Treasure wins 2023 Preakness Stakes

Pegasus World Cup 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The Pegasus World Cup will be run at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 27, 2024, and the Grade 1 event for 4-year-olds and up has a $3 million purse. A full field of entrants will be traveling 1 1/8 miles on the main track, and the Pegasus World Cup is the final [...]
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Pegasus World Cup Today’s Racing Digest Results From Previous Years

Today’s Racing Digest Crushing Pegasus World Cup for the Past 4 Years Today’s Racing Digest has been covering the Pegasus World Cup Race Day at Gulfstream Park since it’s beginning in 2017.  With this being one of the biggest days in racing we expect to see some of the best betting pools and largest payouts [...]
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Kentucky Oaks 2024 Update (1-24-24)

By Jarrod Horak The Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds was the latest road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 points race, and West Omaha stalked the pace and rolled to a sharp win, and picked up 20 points for trainer Brad Cox. In this article, I will look back at the Silverbulletday and update my “Fabulous 5” [...]
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Prosper: $1.7M Yearling With Sadler 2nd Time starter Record He’s Soon To Win (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old colt for John Sadler took awhile to get to the races, but he made it on Sunday off some quick four and five furlong drills. Six went to the post and this son of City of Light went off at 3/1 and broke sharply under Kimura to contest the lead. He dueled [...]
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British Isles: Took To Turf Today, Likely Break Maiden On Grass (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old colt for Baffert, who didn’t run a step in three tries on the main track, tried the turf on Sunday in a race for maiden special weight sophomores at 9 furlongs. Off at 7/1 in a field of six, he was pretty much void of any early speed and was last down [...]
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Coffee in Bed: Full of Run and Is Sharp Likely Win Next Start (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old filly for Richard Mandella tried the Grade 3 La Canada stakes on Saturday for older fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth on the main. Off at 6/1 in a six horse field, she broke running under Mike Smith and settled in third into the clubhouse turn and down the [...]
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Mc Vay: Much Improved Running Down Leader at 1/8 Pole (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old colt for John Shirreffs made start #2 in Saturday’s opener as they sprinted on the main at six and a half in a race for sophomores. Off at 9/1 in a salty field of 8, he broke a tad slow under Berrios, but was quickly up and in contention by the half [...]
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Lecomte Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Fair Grounds on Saturday, January 20, and I have included Lecomte Stakes 2024 picks below. The Grade 3 event for 3-year-olds has a $200,000 purse and the eight entrants will be journeying 1 1/16 on the main track. The Lecomte is the 13th race [...]
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Silverbulletday Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 continues at Fair Grounds on Saturday, January 20, and I have included Silverbulletday Stakes 2024 picks below. The non-graded event for 3-year-old fillies has a $150,000 purse and the eight entrants will be journeying a mile and seventy yards on the main track. The Silverbulletday is [...]
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Gin Gin wins 2024 Busanda Stakes.

Kentucky Oaks 2024 Update (1-15-24)

By Jarrod Horak This is my first road to Kentucky Oaks report for 2024, and I will return with another update at the end of the month. In this article, I will look back at the Santa Ynez (G3) and Busanda Stakes, and update my “Fabulous 5” Oaks contenders. The Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds on [...]
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Issa Court: Caught 4 Wide at Clubhouse Turn Should Be Live Next Time Out (Next Upcoming Race: )

Lightly raced six year old mare for Dean Pederson was back in for a mile against older runners in a first condition Cal bred allowance group on the main track. Off as the second choice in the wagering at 5/2 in a field of 6 and in for the claiming tag of $20K, she broke [...]
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Lady Monclaire: Best Filly Today but Beaten By 3 at Wire (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Richard Baltas didn’t get the best of rides from Flavien Prat as she made start #2 in Sundays fifth, a six furlong sprint on the turf for sophomore Cal breds. Off as the 8/5 choice in a field of 7, she broke OK from the 2 hole, but Prat had [...]
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Grand Slam Smile: Ready for Open Company and Bright Future (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Steve Specht traveled down from Nor Cal on Saturday for the $200K Cal Cup Oaks at a mile on the turf. This was her 1st start going two turns and her 1st ever stepping on a turf course. Nonetheless, she went off as the co-choice in the race at 2/1 [...]
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Oobubbakakayo: Race Did Him Well Follow If Stays In Cal Bred Ranks (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old gelding for Ryan Hanson made his debut in Saturday’s opener, a Cal bred maiden special weight event at ¾ on the turf for sophomores. Off at 9/1 in a field of 10, he was pretty much void of any early speed under Dettori and fell 8 lengths off the pace down the [...]
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Busanda Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 continues at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, January 13, and I have included Busanda Stakes 2024 picks below. The non-graded event for 3-year-old fillies has a $100,000 purse and the five entrants will be journeying 1 1/8 miles on the main track. The Busanda is the 6th [...]
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Oaklawn Park Handicappers Win Pick Results Comparison For Last Week

Today’s Racing Digest’s Oaklawn Park Win Picks Consistently Out Perform The Competition In a study comparing win pick results from 4 of the most popular handicapping pick websites for last weeks racing at Oaklawn Park  (January 1-7, 2024), Today’s Racing Digest was the only handicapping services that showed a huge profit (42.4%) for the 4 [...]
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Gulfstream Park Handicappers Win Pick Results Comparison For Last Week

Today’s Racing Digest’s Gulfstream Win Picks Consistently Out Perform The Competition In a study comparing win pick results from 6 of the most popular handicapping pick websites for last weeks racing at Gulfstream Park  (January 1-7, 2024), Today’s Racing Digest was one of only two handicapping services that showed a profit (2%) for the 4 [...]
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Santa Anita Handicappers Win Pick Results Comparison For Last Week

Today’s Racing Digest’s Santa Anita Win Picks Consistently Out Perform The Competition In a study comparing win pick results from 6 of the most popular handicapping pick websites for last weeks racing at Santa Anita (January 5-7, 2024), Today’s Racing Digest was the only handicapping service that showed a profit (5.5%) for the 3 days [...]
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Kentucky Derby 2024 Update (1-10-24)

By Jarrod Horak The is my first Kentucky Derby 2024 report of the new year. In this article, I will look back at the Smarty Jones and Jerome, and update my “Exceptional 11” Derby contenders. The Lecomte at Fair Grounds on Jan. 20 is the next Kentucky Derby prep, and the winner will receive 20 [...]
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Santa Ynez Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 continues at Santa Anita Park on Sunday, January 7, and I have included Santa Ynez 2024 picks below. The Grade 3 event for 3-year-old fillies has a $100,000 purse and the five entrants will be journeying seven panels on the main track. The Santa Ynez is [...]
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Two by Four: Rallied Strongly From 7th at 1/2 Mile But Missed By a Nose (Next Upcoming Race: )

Thee year old colt for Craig Lewis made his debut in Sunday’s 6th, a maiden special weight event for Cal bred sophomores at ¾ on the main. Off at 13/1 in a field of 9, he broke OK under Prat, then was shuffled back while 7 wide early. Prat hustled him over to the fence [...]
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Lunar Impact (GB): Shouldn’t Have Trouble With 2nd ALW (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old filly for Dan Blacker tried the 1st allowance condition down the hill on Saturday for older fillies and mares. Off at 5/2 in a field of 9 and breaking from the rail, she vied for the early lead under Dettori while under moderate fractions of 22.56 and 45.59. She opened up a [...]
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Safa: Can Go Short, Long, Turf or Dirt (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Gary Stute finally got her diploma on Saturday in her 6th trip to the post in a Cal bred maiden special weight event at ¾ on the main. Off as the heavy 1 to 2 choice in a field of seven, she was very impressive today, by forcing the pace [...]
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Bougie Like: Dug In The Stretch But Beat By a Neck with 3rd Two Lengths Behind (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old filly for Doug O’Neill made just the 2nd start of her career and 1st time around two turns along with the 1st time on the grass in Saturday’s opener. She passed all the tests very well in this Cal bred maiden event at a mile on the turf for older runners. Off [...]
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Jerome Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Aqueduct on Saturday, January 5, and I have included Jerome Stakes 2024 picks below. The non-graded event for 3-year-olds has a $150,000 purse and the five entrants will be traveling a flat mile on the main track. The Jerome is the 3rd race on [...]
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Smarty Jones Stakes 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Oaklawn on Monday, January 1, and I have included Smarty Jones Stakes 2024 picks below. The non-graded event for 3-year-olds has a $300,000 purse and the nine entrants will be traveling 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The Smarty Jones is the 9th [...]
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Indispensable: Sadler Should Find Winning Spot Within The Month (Next Upcoming Race: )

Newly turned three year old colt for John Sadler made the 4th start of his career on Monday in a maiden special weight event for sophomores at a flat mile on the main. Off at 4/1 in a field of just five, he broke a step slow under Kimura and was 4th into the clubhouse [...]
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Clements Ride: 7 Lengths Back at Half Mile Pole But Finished Strong For 3rd (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old colt for John Sadler made start #2 in the finale on Sunday at a mile on the turf in a Cal bred maiden special weight event. Off as the 2/1 choice in a field of 10, he hopped a bit at the start to be away slowly and was last going into [...]
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No No No Never (IRE): Finished 2nd With Courage Good Chance Of a Win Soon (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Jeff Mullins, who had just joined his barn after making her 1st two career starts in Indiana and had been training up at GGF, tried straight maidens on Sunday at a mile on the turf, 3 and up. Off at 10/1 after showing no speed back east, Mullins added the [...]
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Get the Gold: Charged To Win By Four And Should Be Tough Right Back (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old colt for Kristin Mulhall, who was coming back off a four month freshening, didn’t get the gold, but he got the money in this Cal bred maiden special weight event on Saturday. Off at 3/1 in a field of 8 at a mile on the turf, he sat in third down the [...]
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Aqueduct Horses To Watch Racing Today

Aqueduct Horses To Watch Upcoming Races Zeebear: Good Learning Experience Proving Debut Win Was Not a Fluke (Next Upcoming Race: December 30, 2023) Led throughout in his debut, but was outrun for the early lead in start #2. He kept dropping back up the backstretch and went to the back of the pack around the [...]
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Kentucky Derby 2024 Year-End Report

By Jarrod Horak The is my final Kentucky Derby 2024 report for 2023. I recapped the first eight points races in my initial Kentucky Derby report earlier this month, and I will look back at the Springboard Mile, Los Alamitos Futurity, and Gun Runner Stakes in this article.  Kentucky Derby 2024 Points Race Recaps  Springboard [...]
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Which Aqueduct Handicappers Give The Most Profitable Picks?

Today’s Racing Digest’s Aqueduct Win Picks Consistently Out Perform The Competition In a study comparing win pick results from 6 of the most popular handicapping pick websites for the last several months of the Aqueduct horse racing meet (November 2, 2023 ending on December 10, 2023.), Today’s Racing Digest was had the highest payout per [...]
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Oaklawn Park Horses To Watch Racing Today

Oaklawn Park Horses To Watch Upcoming Races Lady Jae: Should Find Winning Spot At Del Mar (Next Upcoming Race: February 18, 2024) Five year old mare for Librado Barocia ran a winning race in the finale on Saturday in this 1st allowance condition race down the hill for fillies and mares 3 and up. Breaking [...]
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Kentucky Oaks 2024 Year-End Report

By Jarrod Horak This is my final road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 report for 2023. I recapped the first seven points races in my initial Kentucky Oaks report at the end of November, and I will look back at the Demoiselle, Starlet, and Untapable Stakes in this article.  Kentucky Oaks 2024 Points Race Recaps Grade [...]
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Big Pond wins 2023 Fleet Treat

La Brea Stakes 2023 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The La Brea Stakes is one of three Grade 1 events on the 11-race opening day program at Santa Anita Park on Tuesday, December 26, 2023. The La Brea is for 3-year-old fillies traveling seven panels on the main track, and the purse is $300,000. It goes as 10th race on Dec. [...]
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Mixto: Soon Winner If O’Neil Places Him Properly (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old colt for Doug O’Neill, who was just coming off a maiden win and was all out to do that, tried the Grade 2 San Antonio on opening day at a mile and a sixteenth on the main. Off at 9/1 and the longest price in the field of five, he broke running [...]
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Gulfstream park Horses To Watch Racing Todays

Gulfstream Park Horses To Watch Upcoming Races Sassy Nature: Daughter of Straight Fire won by 8 While Hand Ridden the Final Furlong (Next Upcoming Race: December 31, 2023) Newly turned three year old filly for Luis Mendez made start #2 on Saturday in a maiden special weight Cal Bred event at ¾ on the main. [...]
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Which Gulfstream Park Handicappers Give The Most Profitable Picks?

Today’s Racing Digest’s Gulfstream Park Win Picks Consistently Out Perform The Competition In a study comparing win pick results from 7 of the most popular handicapping pick websites for the Gulfstream Park meet (October 1, 2023 through December 17, 2023), Today’s Racing Digest was the only handicapping service that showed a profit (4.2%) for the [...]
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Santa Anita Today’s Racing Digest Payouts

Results You Can Bet On Proven to make you a winner in Southern California since 1970, Today’s Racing Digest’s staff of expert handicappers, with an average tenure of 27 years, gives you the most consistent winning picks with highest payouts in the industry.  Don’t miss out on cashing in big with your Digest! (all payouts [...]
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Which Southern California Handicappers Give The Most Profitable Picks?

Today’s Racing Digest’s Del Mar, Los Alamitos and Santa Anita Win Picks Consistently Out Perform The Competition In a study comparing win pick results from 7 of the most popular handicapping pick websites for the 2023 Santa Anita, Del Mar, and Los Alamitos Fall Meets Today’s Racing Digest was the only handicapping service that showed [...]
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Which Santa Anita Handicappers Give The Best Picks?

Today’s Racing Digest’s Santa Anita Win Picks Consistently Out Perform The Competition In a study comparing win pick results from 4 of the most popular handicapping pick websites for the 2023 Santa Anita Fall meet, Today’s Racing Digest was the only handicapping service that showed a profit (7.3%) for the meet.  In addition, Today’s Racing [...]
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Which Handicapper Picks Are The Most Profitable for Southern California Horse Racing?

Proven The Most Profitable Handicapping Picks Available For Southern California Racing Today’s Racing Digest picks for Southern California horse racing tracks were the only picks that showed a profit (5.6%) as compared to other handicapping services. Proven To Give You The Highest Win % And Payouts Today’s Racing Digest picks for So. California tracks provided [...]
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Gun Runner Stakes 2023 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Fair Grounds on Saturday, December 23, and I have included Gun Runner Stakes 2023 picks below. The non-graded event for 2-year-olds has a $100,000 purse and the eight entrants will be traveling 1 1/16 miles on the main track. It is the 12th race [...]
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Trainer Ken McPeek.

Untapable Stakes 2023 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 continues at Fair Grounds on Saturday, December 23, and I have included Untapable Stakes 2023 picks below. The non-graded event for 2-year-old fillies has a $100,000 purse and the six entrants will be traveling a mile and seventy yards on the main track. It is the [...]
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Bob Baffert at Churchill Downs

Los Alamitos Futurity 2023 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Los Alamitos Race Course on Saturday, December 16, and I have included Los Alamitos Futurity 2023 picks below. The Grade 2 event for 2-year-olds has a $200,000 purse and the six entrants will be traveling 1 1/16 miles on the main track. It is [...]
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Trainer Steve Asmussen at Saratoga Race Course

Remington Springboard Mile 2023 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Remington Park on Friday, December 15, and I have included Remington Springboard Mile 2023 picks below. The listed stakes event for 2-year-olds has a $300,000 purse and the nine entrants will be traveling a flat mile on the main track. It is the 10th [...]
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Twin Spires at Churchill Downs

Kentucky Derby 2024 Contenders

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 is in full swing. Eight points races have been run so far and it is time to unveil my first “Exceptional 11” Kentucky Derby contenders list. First, I will recap the points race action from the Iroquois on Sept. 16 through the Remsen on Dec. 2.  [...]
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Chatalas wins 2023 Chandelier Stakes

Starlet 2023 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 continues at Los Alamitos Race Course on Saturday, December 9, and I have included Starlet 2023 picks below. The Grade 2 event for 2-year-old fillies has a $200,000 purse and the six entrants will be traveling 1 1/16 miles on the main track. It is the [...]
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Program Trading wins 2023 Hollywood Derby

Del Mar Closing Week Stakes Recaps

By Jarrod Horak The final week of Del Mar’s 2023 Bing Crosby Season featured four graded events on turf. I wrapped up my 13-day Del Mar Fall Meet Horse of the Day video series with five top choice winners and four runner-up finishes. Check out my Del Mar closing week stakes recaps below.  Del Mar [...]
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Surge Capacity wins 2023 Lake George

Matriarch Stakes 2023 Picks

By Jarrod Horak Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season concludes on Sunday, December 3, and I have included Matriarch Stakes 2023 picks below. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares has a $300,000 purse and the twelve entrants will be traveling a flat mile on the turf course. It is the 7th race on closing [...]
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Crosby Beach: Watch For Winning Spot On Turf at Santa Anita (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old gelding for Mark Glatt, who he had just claimed for $50K four weeks ago, was in for the second allowance condition in Sunday’s 3rd at a mile on the infield turf course. Off at 12/1 in a field of 9, he broke well and sat third down the back side, some 5 [...]
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Remsen Stakes 2023 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Aqueduct on Saturday, December 2, and I have included Remsen Stakes 2023 picks below. The Grade 2 event for 2-year-olds has a $250,000 purse and the ten entrants will be traveling 1 1/18 miles on the main track. It is the 9th race on [...]
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Ghost of Midnight: Won Last 3 by a Total of 16 Lengths (Next Upcoming Race: )

Five year old gelding for Mark Glatt made just his 4th career start on Saturday in a 1st allowance condition sprint at six and a half on the main, 3 and up. Getting a ton of late money even after the gates had closed, he went off as the 4 to 5 choice in a [...]
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Demoiselle 2023 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 continues at Aqueduct on Saturday, December 2, and I have included Demoiselle 2023 picks below. The Grade 2 event for 2-year-old fillies has a $250,000 purse and the nine entrants will be traveling 1 1/18 miles on the main track. It is the 7th race on [...]
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Program Trading wins 2023 Saratoga Derby

Hollywood Derby 2023 Picks

By Jarrod Horak Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season continues on Saturday, December 2 and I have included Hollywood Derby 2023 picks below. The Grade 1 event for 3-year-olds has a $300,000 purse and the nine entrants will be traveling 1 1/8 miles on the turf course. It is the 7th race on Dec. 2.  Hollywood [...]
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Stay and Scam: Could Easily Contend In Cal Bred Stakes (Next Upcoming Race: )

This three year old filly for Doug O’Neill made this listing for the 2nd consecutive start because her victory today was so impressive over a field of 9, going 5/8 on the turf for the 1st allowance condition. Off at 5/2 and a Best Bet on our sheet, she was 4th early but only two [...]
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Llorona: Had Numerous Minor Ailments and Should Improve (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly debut runner for Richard Mandella finally got her 1st start on Friday in a maiden special weight for fillies and mares 3 and up at ¾ on the main. Off as the heavy 2 to 5 choice in a field of 7 under Prat, she broke running from the 6 hole [...]
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Just F Y I wins 2023 Frizette

Kentucky Oaks 2024 Contenders

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 is in full swing. Seven points races have been run and it is time to unveil my first Kentucky Oaks 2024 contenders list. First, I will recap the stakes action from the Pocahontas on Sept. 16 through the Golden Rod on Nov. 25.  Kentucky Oaks 2024 [...]
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Free Picks at Del Mar 2023

By Jarrod Horak Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season continues on Friday, December 1 and I have included opening race free picks at Del Mar 2023 below. The maiden special weight event for fillies and mares has a $61,000 purse and the seven entrants will be dashing six panels on the main track.  Del Mar Race [...]
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Linda's Gift wins 2023 Red Carpet at Del Mar.

Stakes Recaps at Del Mar

By Jarrod Horak The third week of Del Mar’s 2023 Bing Crosby Season included four graded events. In this post I will cover stakes recaps at Del Mar for Nov. 23-26 and preview the upcoming closing week of the fall meet.  Stakes Recaps at Del Mar (Nov. 23-26) Grade 3 Red Carpet – Nov. 23 [...]
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Shared Belief 2023 co-winners Mr Fisk and Tahoe Sunrise

Native Diver 2023 Picks

By Jarrod Horak Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season continues on Sunday, November 26 and I have included Native Diver 2023 picks below. The Grade 3 event for 3-year-olds and up has a $100,000 purse and the seven entrants will be traveling 1 1/8 miles on the main track. It is the 8th race on Nov. [...]
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Kentucky Jockey Club Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues with the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday, November 25, and I have included picks below. The Grade 2 event for 2-year-olds has a $400,000 purse and the eight entrants will be traveling 1 1/16 miles on the main track. It is [...]
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Kentucky Oaks Day 2014

Golden Rod 2023 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 continues with the Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday, November 25, and I have included picks below. The Grade 2 event for 2-year-old fillies has a $400,000 purse and the eight entrants will be traveling 1 1/16 miles on the main track. It is [...]
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Balnikov wins 2022 Oceanside

Seabiscuit 2023 Picks

By Jarrod Horak Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season continues on Saturday, November 25 and I have included Seabiscuit 2023 picks below. The Grade 2 event for 3-year-olds and up has a $200,000 purse and the eight entrants will be traveling 1 1/16 miles on the turf course. It is the 7th race on Nov. 25.  [...]
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She’s Not Kidding: Checked Badly and Shuffled Back Then Rallied for 2nd (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Brian Koriner had a very rough trip in her 2nd career start in the opener on Saturday. Off at 5/1 in a field of six and breaking from the rail in this 5/8 turf sprint, she broke OK under Fresu and sat 2nd down the back side hugging the rail. [...]
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All That Glory: Broke Like a Rocket with Some Nice Runners Behind Him (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old colt for Tim Yakteen made his debut on Saturday in a maiden special weight event at six and a half on the main. Off at 7/1 in a field of 11, he broke like a rocket from the outside slot and quickly opened up two and a half on the field with [...]
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Stagger Lee: 5 Back Down Back Side and Finished 2nd With Courage (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old colt for Steve Miyadi made start #2 on Friday In a Cal bred maiden special weight event at 5/8 on the lawn. Off at 5/2 in a field of 8, he broke OK under J.J. but was pretty much void of any early speed. He was five back down the back side, [...]
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Lamporghini: Good Enough To Knock Out This Condition at Arcadia (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old filly for Doug O’Neill made her 2nd career start in Thursday’s finale, a mile turf race for Cal bred juvenile fillies. Off at 7/1 in a field of six due to two late scratches, she pressed a moderate pace under Maldonado, and was only one length back down the back side. She [...]
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Money Makes Money: 5 Back At Top Of Lane Nosed Out of 2nd (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old colt for Mark Glatt made his debut in Thursday’s opener, a 5/8 sprint on the turf for maiden special weights. Off at 9/1 in a field of 8, he bobbled and hopped at the start under Rispoli to be away last and was 7 lengths back of the leaders down the back [...]
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Trainer Chad Brown.

Hollywood Turf Cup Picks

By Jarrod Horak Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season continues on Friday, November 24 and I have included Hollywood Turf Cup picks below. The Grade 2 event for 3-year-olds and up has a $200,000 purse and the eight entrants will be traveling a mile and a half on the turf course. It is the 7th race [...]
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Sister Otoole wins 2022 CTT & TOC at Del Mar

Red Carpet Stakes Picks

By Jarrod Horak Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season continues on Thanksgiving Thursday and I have included 2023 Red Carpet Stakes picks below. The Grade 3 event for fillies and mares has a purse of $100,000 and the eight entrants will be traveling 1 3/8 miles on the turf course. It is the 6th race on [...]
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The Chosen Vron wins Cary Grant Stakes 2023 at Del Mar

Del Mar Stakes Race Reviews

By Jarrod Horak The second week of Del Mar’s 2023 Bing Crosby Season is in the books. In this post I will cover Del Mar stakes race reviews for Nov. 18-19 and preview the upcoming third week of the fall meet.  Del Mar Stakes Race Reviews (Nov. 18-19) Desi Arnaz – Nov. 18 – 7 [...]
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Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith

Bob Hope Stakes Picks

By Jarrod Horak Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season continues on Sunday, Nov. 19 and this post features Bob Hope Stakes picks. The Grade 3 event for 2-year-olds has a purse of $100,000 and the five entrants will be traveling seven panels on the main track. It goes as the 8th race on Nov. 19.  Bob [...]
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Not A Sinner (GB): Bumped Hard For Slow Start Can Improve In Next (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old filly for Simon Callaghan made her 2nd start in the U.S on Sunday in a maiden special weight at 5/8 on the turf. Bet down to the even money favorite in a field of 10, she was bumped hard at the start to get away slowly, then rushed up to be fifth [...]
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Matanzas Creek: Very Smart Final Quarter To Win by 3 (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old colt for Tim Yakteen made start #2 on Sunday in a maiden special weight at ¾ on the main. Off at 6/1 in a field of five, he made every pole a winning one opening up two down the back side through soft fractions of 22.70 for the ¼ and then 45.69 [...]
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Big City Lights: Can Run Short or Long and Should Find Winning Spot Soon (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old colt for Richard Mandella made his 1st start in 10 months in the Cal bred Cary Grant stakes at 7/8 on the main Saturday. Off as the 5/2 second choice in a field of just five, due to three late scratches, he went to his knees at the start and pretty lost [...]
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Happyasaclam (IRE): Watch For Her In Opening Week At Santa Anita (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Simon Callaghan made her third start off a layoff in Saturday’s opener, a mile on the turf for maiden claimers with a tag of $50K. Off at 10/1 in a field of 7, she broke well from the rail slot under Diego Herrera, but then was quickly covered up and [...]
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The Chosen Vron wins the 2023 Bing Crosby Stakes

Cary Grant Stakes Picks

By Jarrod Horak Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season continues on Saturday, Nov. 18, and this post will feature Cary Grant Stakes picks. The $100,000 event for California-bred or sired 3-year-olds and up traveling seven panels on the main track is the 8th race on Nov. 18.  Cary Grant Stakes Analysis & Final Time Ratings Principe [...]
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Shady Tiger: Gamely Battled Down Lane For 2nd But Should Improve (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old gelding for Phil D’Amato made his debut on Friday off 11 five furlong drills, in a maiden special weight affair at 5/8 on the sod for Cal breds. Off at 2/1 in a field of 8 and was a slight favorite, he broke well under J.J. and sat third down the back [...]
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Fort Bragg wins 2023 Dwyer Stakes

Del Mar Fall Meet Picks

By Jarrod Horak The second week of the Bing Crosby Season gets underway on Friday, Nov. 17, and this Del Mar fall meet picks article includes analysis of the feature race of the day. The seventh race is an $80,000 optional-claiming event for 3-year-olds and up traveling 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track.  Race [...]
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Chancery Way wins 2023 Betty Grable Stakes.

Del Mar Stakes Recaps

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Bing Crosby Season is off and running. In this post, I will cover Del Mar stakes recaps for Nov. 10-12 and preview the upcoming second week of the fall meet.  Del Mar Stakes Recaps (Nov. 10-12) Let It Ride – Nov. 10 – One mile turf There was not much [...]
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Book Smart: Made Every Pole a Winning One (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old gelding for Bob Hess Jr., who he just claimed five weeks ago, couldn’t be any sharper than he is right now. Entered for the 1st allowance condition for Cal breds on Sunday in a field of six, he was gunning for his 3rd straight victory at ¾ on the main. Off as [...]
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Chismosa wins 2022 Generous Portion at Del Mar

Betty Grable Stakes Picks

By Jarrod Horak Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season continues on Sunday, Nov. 12 and this post will feature Betty Grable Stakes picks. The $100,000 event for California-bred or sired fillies and mares traveling seven panels on the main track is the 8th race on Nov. 12.  Betty Grable Stakes Final Time Ratings Chancery Way owns [...]
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Always On Cay: Can Handle Either Surface But Seems To Favor Turf (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old colt for Bob Hess tried the 1st allowance condition in Saturday’s opener at 5/8 on the turf. Off at 10/1 in a field of six, he was void of any early speed and was away last ands fell 7 lengths off the pace at the 3/8 pole. Mike Smith got him rolling [...]
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Birth of Cool: Checked Twice and Should Improve In Next Start (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old gelding for Craig Dollase, who he just acquired off the claim four weeks ago, was well intended in this $20,000 claimer non winners of 3 at a mile on the turf for older runners in Saturday’s finale. Off at 7/5 in a field of 10 with top turf rider Umberto Rispoli in [...]
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Trainer Phil D'Amato

Kathryn Crosby Stakes Picks

By Jarrod Horak Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season continues on Saturday, Nov. 11 and this post will feature Kathryn Crosby Stakes picks. The $75,000 event for fillies and mares traveling one mile on the turf course is the 7th race on Nov. 11.  Kathryn Crosby Stakes Final Time Ratings The early pace of this race [...]
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Coach Prime: Prat May Have a 2024 Derby Horse Here (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old colt for Bob Baffert made his 2nd career start but 1st on the main track Friday in a one mile maiden special weight. Off as the wagering choice at 7/5 in a field of 10 under Prat, he broke OK from the 9 hole and was fifth into the clubhouse turn and [...]
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Cheeky Gal: Bred To Go Long But Found a Home on Turf (Next Upcoming Race: February 23, 2024)

Two year old filly for Peter Miller made her 4th career start but 1st ever on the lawn on Friday in a 1st allowance condition at 5/8 on the sod. Off at 17/1 under Fresu and the longest price in the six horse field, she bobbled at the start and was away last. The jock [...]
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Let It Ride Stakes Picks

By Jarrod Horak Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season kicks off on Friday, Nov. 10 and this post features Let It Ride Stakes picks. The $75,000 event for sophomore males traveling one mile on the turf course is the 7th race on opening day.  Let It Ride Stakes Final Time Ratings Dandy Man Shines (IRE) is [...]
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Del Mar Fall Horse Racing

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Del Mar fall horse racing meet kicks off on Friday, Nov. 10 with an 8-race program. The opening day feature is the Let It Ride Stakes, one of 15 stakes scheduled for their Bing Crosby Season. Jockeys to Watch Flavien Prat was the leading rider at Del Mar last fall [...]
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Santo Dios (ARG): Should be Tighter In Next Start (Next Upcoming Race: )

Five year old full horse for Marcelo Polanco made his 1st start stateside in Sunday’s finale, a 1st condition allowance race at a mile on the turf. Off at 8/1 in an 11 horse field, he made the running from the get go and carved out a swift 1st quarter in 22.30 when making the [...]
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Ruby Nell: Can Win Short Or Long For a Hall of Fame Barn (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Richard Mandella tried the Autumn Miss Stakes on Sunday at a mile on the turf for soph fillies. Off at 5/2 and bet down from a M/L of 5/1, she stumbled badly at the start and went to her knees but quickly recovered under Maldonado. In a field of 8, [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Saturday Results

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Saturday card is complete and this is my second article recapping the Nov. 4 races. I covered BC Friday results yesterday, and in my first BC Saturday recap article, I reviewed the BC Dirt Mile, Filly & Mare Turf, Filly & Mare Sprint, Mile, and Distaff. This time, I [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Saturday Recaps

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Saturday card is in the books and I will look back at all the action in two articles. In this post, I will review the BC Dirt Mile, Filly & Mare Turf, Filly & Mare Sprint, Mile, and Distaff. Check out my Breeders’ Cup Saturday 2023 recaps below. Breeders’ [...]
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Stay and Scam: Strong Speed and Stamina For Sprints (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Doug O’Neill tried the 1st allowance condition for “open” runners in the finale Saturday at six and a half down the hill, 3 and up. Off at 12/1 in a full field of 12 runners and drawing the rail, she ran a bang up second after tracking the pace down [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Friday Results

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Friday card is complete and Fierceness stole the show with a romping score in the BC Juvenile. Check out all of the Breeders’ Cup Friday 2023 results below. Breeders’ Cup Friday Results BC Juvenile Turf Sprint The overseas runners surprisingly dominated this five furlong turf dash. Big Evs (IRE) [...]
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Hejazi: Strong Performance Here and Should Be Moving Up (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old colt for Bob Baffert, who had not been to the post since April, dropped into a 1st allowance condition race at ¾ on the main in the nightcap on Friday. Off as the wagering favorite at 8/5 in a field of just 7 runners, he broke running under leading rider J.J. and [...]
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Mo Fox Givin: Look for Powell to Find a Winning Spot Soon (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old filly for Len Powell was used way too early in Friday’s opener, as she broke running from the six hole in the Qatar Golden Mile through fast fractions of 22.60 and 45.80 for the half. She put the other speed away turning for home, but had little left when it counted, and [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Highest Performance Figures Earned By Each Horse Coming Into the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) |  Saturday, November 4, 2023  | Race #10  | Post Time 4:25 PST The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint pre-entries listed above show the highest Final Time Rating (FNL RAT) ranked in order [...]
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BC Classic favorite Arabian Knight wins Pacific Classic

BC Classic Video Picks

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 BC Classic features a dozen runners after the defection of Belmont Stakes hero Arcangelo. Grade 1 Pacific Classic winner Arabian Knight is the 3-1 morning line favorite for Bob Baffert. This article includes BC Classic video picks. Arabian Knight has the most upside. His only loss in four starts was [...]
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BC Saturday International Horses

By Jarrod Horak The BC Saturday international horses should make an impact in at least three turf races and the BC Classic at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 4. I will go through and analyze all of the BC Saturday international horses below. BC Filly & Mare Turf Warm Heart (IRE) won her last two [...]
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BC Friday International Horses

By Jarrod Horak The BC Friday international horses should be competitive in the three turf races at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 3. I will go through and analyze all of the BC Friday international horses below. BC Juvenile Turf Sprint Tiger Belle (IRE) is 3-for-5 with a runner-up finish and all five races were [...]
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BC Juvenile contender wins the Grade 3 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar.

BC Juvenile Video Picks

The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile features a 10-horse field after the defection of Ecoro Neo. Locked is the tepid 7-2 morning line favorite and is one of four Grade 1 winners in the field. This article includes BC Juvenile video picks. Locked is one of the more likely winners of this race. The Gun Runner [...]
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Del Mar Debutante winner Tamara is the BC Juvenile Fillies favorite

BC Juvenile Fillies Video Picks

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 BC Juvenile fillies features a 13-horse field and Tamara is the 4-5 morning line favorite. This article includes BC Juvenile Fillies video picks. Tamara is the fastest horse in the paper race. She is 2-for-2 in sprint races for Richard Mandella. Her mother Beholder won this race for Mandella in [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Turf

Highest Performance Figures Earned By Each Horse Coming Into the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Turf Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) |  Saturday, November 4, 2023  | Race #8  | Post Time 2:50 PST The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint pre-entries listed above show the highest Final Time Rating (FNL RAT) ranked in order from [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Highest Performance Figures Earned By Each Horse Coming Into the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Distaff The FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) |  Saturday, November 4, 2023  | Race #7  | Post Time 2:10 PST The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint pre-entries listed above show the highest Final Time Rating (FNL RAT) ranked in order [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Mile

Highest Performance Figures Earned By Each Horse Coming Into the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Mile The FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) |  Saturday, November 4, 2023  | Race #6  | Post Time 1:30 PST The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Mile pre-entries listed above show the highest Final Time Rating (FNL RAT) ranked in order from highest to [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Highest Performance Figures Earned By Each Horse Coming Into the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint The PNC Bank Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) |  Saturday, November 4, 2023  | Race #5  | Post Time 12:50 PST The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint pre-entries listed above show the highest Final [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Highest Performance Figures Earned By Each Horse Coming Into the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf The Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) |  Saturday, November 4, 2023  | Race #4  | Post Time 12:10 PST The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf pre-entries listed above show the highest Final [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Turf

Highest Performance Figures Earned By Each Horse Coming Into the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile The Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) |  Saturday, November 4, 2023  | Race #3  | Post Time 11:30 PST The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile pre-entries listed above show the highest Final Time Rating (FNL RAT) each [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Highest Performance Figures Earned By Each Horse Coming Into the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Prevagen Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) |  Friday, November 3, 2023  | Race #9  | Post Time 4:40 PST The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf pre-entries listed above show the highest Final Time Rating (FNL RAT) ranked in order from [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Highest Performance Figures Earned By Each Horse Coming Into the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile The FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) |  Friday, November 3, 2023  | Race #8  | Post Time 4:00 PST The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile pre-entries listed above show the highest Final Time Rating (FNL RAT) each horse has earned in their [...]
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2022 BC Filly & Mare Sprint winner Goodnight Olive

Breeders’ Cup Saturday Races

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Saturday races will be run at Santa Anita Park on November 4. Nine BC races are on the docket including the Classic, a race that should settle the Horse of the Year battle. In this post, I will share my early thoughts including updated information for all nine [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Highest Performance Figures Earned By Each Horse Coming Into the 2023 Breeders’ Juvenille Fillies Turf Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) |  Friday, November 3, 2023  | Race #7  | Post Time 3:20 PST The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf pre-entries listed above show the highest Final Time Rating (FNL RAT) ranked in order [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

Highest Performance Figures Earned By Each Horse Coming Into the 2023 Breeders’ Juvenille Turf Sprint Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1) |  Friday, November 3, 2023  | Race #5  | Post Time 2:00 PST The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint pre-entries listed above show the highest Final Time Rating (FNL RAT) each horse has [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Highest Performance Figures Earned By Each Horse Coming Into the 2023 Breeders’ Juvenille Fillies NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) |  Friday, November 3, 2023  | Race #6  | Post Time 2:40 PST The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies pre-entries listed above show the highest Final Time Rating (FNL RAT) each horse has earned in [...]
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Breeders’ Cup Classic

Highest Performance Figures Earned By Each Horse Coming Into the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) |  Saturday, November 4, 2023  | Race #9  | Post Time 3:40 PST The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile pre-entries listed above show the highest Final Time Rating (FNL RAT) each horse has earned in their [...]
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BC Juvenile contender Prince of Monaco wins the Best Pal Stakes.

Breeders’ Cup Friday Races

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Friday card will be run at Santa Anita Park on November 3. Five BC races are on the docket including the Juvenile, a Kentucky Derby 2024 points race. In this post, I will share my early thoughts including updated information for all five Breeders’ Cup Friday races with [...]
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BC Classic contender White Abarrio wins 2023 Whitney

BC Classic Older Horse Rankings

By Jarrod Horak In this BC Classic older horse rankings article, I will go through all of the 4-year-olds and up runners and rank them in order of preference. Ten older horses have been pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.  I ranked the eight sophomores in the BC Classic earlier this week, and now I [...]
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Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Video Analysis

In this horse racing handicapping video professional handicapper Jarrod Horak analyzes the Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Downs.
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Barbaro statue at Churchill Downs

Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs Video Analysis

In this horse racing handicapping video, Jarrod Horak analyzes the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs.
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Breeders’ Cup Classic 2023 Pre-Entries Video Analysis

In this 2023 Breeders’ Cup horse racing handicapping video recorded on 10-25-23, Jarrod Horak looks at all 18 Breeders’ Cup Classic 2023 pre-entries.
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Pacific Classic winner Arabian Knight

Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

By Jarrod Horak In this Breeders’ Cup Classic rankings article, I will go through all of the 3-year-olds and rank them in order of preference. Eight sophomores have been pre-entered in the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic.  I have been ranking the sophomore set all year long, beginning with my “Exceptional 11” Kentucky Derby contenders, and [...]
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Uncle Mo at Ashford Stud.

Breeders’ Cup Sires: Uncle Mo

By Jarrod Horak This is my final article in my five-part Breeders’ Cup sires series. I began my series with 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Curlin, and also covered 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Good Magic, 2017 BC Classic winner Gun Runner, and Triple Crown 2018 hero Justify. In this post, I will discuss one [...]
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Triple Crown winner Justify is a leading sire at Ashford Stud.

Breeders’ Cup Sires: Justify

By Jarrod Horak This is my fourth article in my five-part Breeders’ Cup sires series. So far, I have covered 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Curlin, 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Good Magic, and 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Gun Runner, and next up is Triple Crown 2018 hero Justify.   Early Race Record Justify [...]
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Gun Runner at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky

Breeders’ Cup Sires: Gun Runner

By Jarrod Horak This is my third article in my five-part Breeders’ Cup sires series. I began my series with 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Curlin, and last time I covered 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Good Magic. In this post, I will discuss 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Gun Runner.   Race Record Gun [...]
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Good Magic at Pimlico Race Course in 2018

Breeders’ Cup Sires: Good Magic

By Jarrod Horak This is my second article in my five-part Breeders’ Cup sires series. I started my series with 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Curlin, and his son Good Magic is next in line.  Race Record Good Magic (Curlin – Glinda the Good, by Hard Spun) raced nine times with three wins, three place [...]
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Sire Curlin at Lane's End Farm

Breeders’ Cup Sires: Curlin

By Jarrod Horak This is my first article in my five-part Breeders’ Cup sires series. I will start my series with 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Curlin.  Race Record Curlin (Smart Strike – Sherriff’s Deputy, by Deputy Minister) started 16 times with 11 wins, two runner-up finishes, and a pair of show finishes. He captured [...]
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Jockey Flavien Prat in 2022

Breeders’ Cup Jockeys to Watch

By Jarrod Horak The horses are clearly the main attraction, but Breeders’ Cup jockeys are a big part of the equation. In this report, I will take a look at three jockeys to keep an eye on for both Breeders’ Cup days at Santa Anita Park on November 3-4, 2023. Breeders’ Cup Jockeys to Watch [...]
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Trainer Brad Cox after winning the 2021 Belmont Stakes with Essential Quality

Breeders’ Cup Trainers to Watch

By Jarrod Horak The horses are obviously the star of the show, but Breeders’ Cup trainers are a big part of the story. In this report, I will take a look at three trainers to keep an eye on for both Breeders’ Cup days at Santa Anita Park on November 3-4, 2023. Breeders’ Cup Trainers [...]
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Elite Power wins 2023 Alfred Vanderbilt at Saratoga

Breeders’ Cup Sprint 2023 Angles

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Sprint is one of the original seven BC races, and Eillo was the initial winner at Hollywood Park in 1984. The 2023 renewal will be held at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Nov. 4, and they will be dashing six furlongs on the main track.   Recent Breeders’ Cup [...]
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Golden Pal wins 2021 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint 2023 Angles

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint arrived on the scene at Santa Anita Park in 2008, and Desert Code was the inaugural winner at 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course for Richard Migliore and David Hofmans. The 2023 renewal will be held at the Great Race Place on Saturday, Nov. 4, [...]
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Breeders' Cup Classic winner Flightline

Breeders’ Cup Classic 2023 Angles

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the main event. It is one of the original seven BC races and Wild Again was the initial winner at Hollywood Park in 1984 under Pat Day. The 2023 renewal will be held at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Nov. 4, and they will be traveling a [...]
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Highland Reel wins the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita Park

Breeders’ Cup Turf 2023 Angles

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Turf is one of the original seven BC races, and Lashkari (GB) was the initial winner at Hollywood Park in 1984. The 2023 renewal will be held at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Nov. 4, and they will be traveling a mile and a half on the turf course. [...]
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Breeders' Cup Distaff starting gate

Breeders’ Cup Distaff 2023 Angles

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Distaff is one of the original BC races, dating all the way back to Hollywood Park in 1984. The 2023 renewal will be held at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Nov. 4, and they will be traveling a mile and an eighth on the main track.   Recent Breeders’ [...]
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Breeders' Cup statue at Keeneland

Breeders’ Cup Mile 2023 Angles

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Mile is one of the original seven races, dating all the way back to Hollywood Park in 1984. The 2023 renewal will be held at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Nov. 4, and they will be traveling one mile on the turf course.   Recent Breeders’ Cup Mile Results  [...]
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Goodnight Olive won the Grade 1 Ballerina and BC Filly & Mare Sprint in 2022

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint 2023 Angles

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint was introduced at Monmouth Park in 2007 and Maryfield was the initial winner for trainer Doug O’Neill. This race has been held at Santa Anita seven times, and the 2023 renewal will be held at the Great Race Place on Saturday, Nov. 4. They will [...]
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Iridessa wins 2019 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf 2023 Angles

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf was introduced at Gulfstream Park in 1999 and Soaring Softly was the initial winner. This race has been held at Santa Anita eight times, and the 2023 renewal will be held at the Great Race Place on Saturday, Nov. 4. They will be traveling a [...]
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2022 BC Dirt Mile winner Cody's Wish

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile 2023 Angles

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile was introduced at Monmouth Park in 2007 and Corinthian was the initial winner. This race has been held at Santa Anita seven times, and the 2023 renewal will be held at the Great Race Place on Saturday, Nov. 4. They will be traveling one mile on the [...]
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Forte wins 2022 Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile 2023 Angles

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is one of the original BC races, dating all the way back to Hollywood Park in 1984. The 2023 renewal will be held at Santa Anita Park on Friday, Nov. 3, and they will be traveling 1 1/16 miles on the main track.   Recent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile [...]
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Modern Games Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf 2021

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf 2023 Angles

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf was first run at Monmouth Park in 2007, and the 2023 renewal will be held at the Great Race Place on Friday, Nov. 3. They will be traveling one mile on the turf course. Recent BC Juvenile Turf Results Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Victoria [...]
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Thoroughbred horse trainer Chad Brown.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf 2023 Angles

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf was first run in 2008 at Santa Anita Park, and the 2023 renewal will be held at the Great Race Place on Friday, Nov. 3. They will be traveling one mile on the turf course. Recent BC Juvenile Fillies Turf Results Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile [...]
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Tamara wins 2023 Del Mar Debutante

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies 2023 Angles

By Jarrod Horak The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies dates all the way back to the first Breeders’ Cup at Hollywood Park in 1984. The 2023 renewal will be held at Santa Anita Park on Friday, Nov. 3, and they will be traveling 1 1/16 miles on the main track.   Recent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies [...]
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Defunded horse

Awesome Again Stakes Video

By Jarrod Horak The Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes is a Breeders’ Cup Classic qualifier and it will be run at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Sept. 30. Check out my video below, and keep coming back to the Digest website for daily Breeders’ Cup 2023 handicapping articles. Click here for Santa Anita Horse Racing Picks, [...]
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Twilight Gleaming wins 2021 BC Juvenile Turf Sprint

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint 2023 Angles

By Jarrod Horak This is my first in a series of articles previewing all 14 Breeders’ Cup 2023 races. This is the sixth running of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint and the 2023 renewal will be held at Santa Anita Park on Friday, Nov. 3. They will be dashing an abbreviated five panels on [...]
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Nest wins 2022 Coaching Club American Oaks

Breeders’ Cup 2023: 5 Horses to Bet

By Jarrod Horak We still have a bit more than five weeks to go before Breeders’ Cup 2023 World Championships at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 3-4. Some horses will train up to the Cup, and others will have their final preps early next month. Let’s take an early gander at five Breeders’ Cup 2023 [...]
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Santa Anita Park

Santa Anita Park 2023 Autumn Meet Preview

By Jarrod Horak The highly anticipated 19-day Santa Anita Autumn Meet gets underway on Friday, Sept. 29. The feature race on opening day is the Grade 3 Chillingworth Stakes for filly and mare dirt sprinters. The Great Race Place will host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record 11th time in 2023.  Click here [...]
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Reincarnate wins 2023 Sham Stakes

Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby 2023 Analysis

By Jarrod Horak The Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby will be run at Parx on Saturday, Sept. 23. Eleven sophomore males are scheduled to compete in the Grade 1, $1 million contest at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, and Reincarnate is the 3-1 morning line favorite. I will look at the Digest pace ratings [...]
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Churchill Downs paddock

Road to Kentucky Derby 2024: Iroquois Stakes 

By Jarrod Horak The Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes will be run Churchill Downs on Saturday, Sept. 16. Nine juvenile males entered this flat mile contest, and this is the first road to Kentucky Derby 2024 points race. I will look at pace ratings and best final time ratings, rank the contenders first to last, and [...]
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Barbaro statue at Churchill Downs

Road to Kentucky Oaks 2024: Pocahontas Stakes 

By Jarrod Horak The Grade 3 Pocahontas Stakes will be run at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Sept. 16. Nine juvenile fillies entered this flat mile contest and this is the first road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 points race. I will look at pace ratings and final time ratings, rank the contenders first to last, and [...]
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Kentucky Oaks Day 2014 photo at Churchill Downs

Kentucky Derby 2024 News: Points Race Changes

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 kicks off the with Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Sept. 16, and Risk It looks like the one to beat in the paper race. I will cover that event in an article and video later this week, and I will also debut [...]
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Tamara wins 2023 Del Mar Debutante

Del Mar 2023 Stakes Recaps: Terrific Tamara

By Jarrod Horak The closing week stakes races at Del Mar featured some excellent performances, but none were better than Tamara in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Saturday, Sept. 9. She won for fun and stamped herself as the early favorite for the BC Juvenile Fillies. That does it for my Del Mar [...]
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Prince of Monaco wins 2023 Best Pal Stakes

Del Mar Futurity 2023 Analysis & Video

By Jarrod Horak The Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity will be run at Del Mar on Sunday, Sept. 10. Seven juveniles will line up to face the starter and Prince of Monaco is the overwhelming 2-5 morning line favorite. I will go through the projected race flow and look at the best Digest final time [...]
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Dreamfyre wins 2023 Sorrento Stakes

Del Mar Debutante 2023 Analysis & Video

By Jarrod Horak The Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante will be run at Del Mar on Saturday, Sept. 9. A full field of 14-horses will face the starter and Tamara is the tepid 7-2 morning line favorite. I will go through the projected race shape and look at the best final time ratings, and my [...]
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Del Mar Stakes Recap From Last Week’s Racing

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has now completed 7 weeks of their 8 week summer season with just three racing days left, i.e. this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They had five days of racing this past week and it still amazes me how full the fields are this far into the meet. Many of the [...]
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HSA, Do We Really Need Them?

When the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Authority became involved in racing over a year ago, I thought it was good for the sport. For over 100 years this sport in America has not been able to govern themselves and although any private business dislikes government intervention, too many states that conduct horse racing in [...]
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Arcangelo wins 2023 Travers

Beyond the 2023 Triple Crown: Updated Leaders

By Jarrod Horak I feel vindicated for keeping Arabian Knight on top of my list after he finished third in the Haskell. That effort was definitely better than appears, and he rebounded with a strong front running victory in the Grace 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Saturday, Sept. 2. Arcangelo won the Travers [...]
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Arabian Knight wins 2023 Pacific Classic

Del Mar 2023: Pacific Classic Week Stakes Recaps

By Jarrod Horak This was the biggest week at Del Mar so far. The Grade 1 Pacific Classic was the marquee race and Arabian Knight smartly wired the field in that heat, and he gets my star of the week award. Eight other stakes races were run between Sept. 2-4, and the summer meet is [...]
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Saratoga News and Views: Belmont at the Spa?

By Jarrod Horak The Saratoga summer meet wrapped up earlier today and the stakes schedule ended with a shocking result. Nutella Fella stunned his rivals and paid $111 in the Grade 1 Hopeful. Irad Ortiz Jr. was the leading rider, and the trainer title came down to the final race of the meet. Linda Rice [...]
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Pioneering Spirit takes the 2023 Bernard Baruch at Saratoga

Saratoga 2023: Spinaway & Hopeful Recaps

By Jarrod Horak The curtain has come down on the 2023 summer meet at Saratoga. The final two Grade 1 races of the meet were for 2-year-olds, and neither had the result that many were expecting. Brightwork was hardly a big surprise in the Spinaway, but Nutella Fella’s victory in the Hopeful was completely expected [...]
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Thin White Duke lands the Harvey Pack Stakes at Saratoga on 9-2-23

Saratoga 2023: Stakes Recaps for September 2 

By Jarrod Horak I did not have wagering success in the four stakes races at Saratoga on Saturday, Sept. 2, but I was pleased as a racing fan with one outcome in particular. The one performance that really stood out was Thin White Duke’s rallying win in the Harvey Pack Stakes. You cannot help but [...]
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Carl Spackler wins 2023 Saranac Stakes at Saratoga

Saratoga 2023 Stakes Recaps (Aug. 30-Sept. 1)

By Jarrod Horak This is my first of three stakes recaps for the final week of the 2023 Saratoga summer meet. Bill Mott won a pair of juvenile stakes to begin the week, and Chad Brown’s exciting sophomore turf star Carl Spackler (IRE) picked up his second graded stakes win of the summer in the [...]
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Arrowthegreat: Son of Arrogate Won Handily By 3, Keep On Eye On Him (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old gelding for Dan Blacker made his 4th career start at a mile on the main Sunday for maiden special weights 3 and up. Off at 5/2 in a field of 9, this son of Arrogate went right to the lead from the five hole under Victor Espinoza and made every pole a [...]
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Gentle (GB): Bad Trip and Finished 3rd On Sheer Class Can Improve (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for George Papaprodromou was in for the 1st allowance condition on Sunday after breaking her maiden impressively over this turf course 3 weeks ago. However, once her regular rider, Umberto Rispoli, took off all of his mounts Sunday, “Papa” didn’t use good judgement in selecting the veteran Jose Valdivia to ride [...]
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Breakfast Ride: Look For Drop In Class Where He’ll Be Well Meant (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old gelding for Peter Miller, who he just claimed for $80,000 on July 30, was entered right back at the same price on Sunday. Off as the 6/5 choice under the leading rider, he bobbled and went to his knees in this one mile allowance race and lost about 3 lengths at the [...]
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Brightwork wins 2023 Adirondack

Saratoga Stakes Analysis: Spinaway & Hopeful

By Jarrod Horak Juveniles take center stage in the final two Grade 1 races of the Saratoga 2023 summer meet. Ways and Means makes her much anticipated stakes debut in the Spinaway on Sunday, Sept. 3, and the closing Monday feature is the Hopeful featuring Bob Baffert’s $2 million purchase Muth.   Click here for Saratoga [...]
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Del Mar Favorites, Meet Leaders, Horses To Watch, Fatalities, and Other Musings

Week six is in the books of the eight week summer season at this seaside track with the best racing of the meet still to come. Del Mar will race five days this week with the addition of a Labor Day card on Monday and Saturday is Pacific Classic day with five graded stakes and [...]
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Geaux Rocket Ride wins Haskell

Pacific Classic 2023 Analysis & Video

By Jarrod Horak The Grade 1 Pacific Classic will be run at Del Mar on Saturday, September 2. A total of eleven horses will line up in the starting gate and Geaux Rocket Ride is the 5-2 morning line favorite. This race has a good mix of improving sophomores and solid older horses. I will [...]
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Uffda: Expect Improvement In Longer Turf Sprints at Santa Anita (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old filly for Eric Kruljac made her debut in Friday’s opener, a 5/8 turf sprint for maiden special weights. Off at 25/1 in a 9 horse field, she broke OK under Ricky Gonzalez and relaxed nicely on the fence down the back side, five lengths from the leaders. The jock kept her on [...]
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Big Invasion wins 2022 Mahony Stakes

Saratoga 2023: Stakes Analysis & Video (9-2-23)

By Jarrod Horak The three-day Labor Day weekend stakes action gets underway on Saturday with the Flower Bowl. Three other stakes are on tap including the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Check out my video analysis of the latter event at the end of this post. Click here for Saratoga Racing Picks, Tips, and Insider [...]
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Carl Spackler wins 2023 Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga

Saratoga 2023 Closing Week Stakes Previews

By Jarrod Horak We made it to the final week of the Saratoga meet. It has been tumultuous summer at the Spa, and let’s hope that we can end the season on a high note with safe trips for all horses and riders. There are a trio of stakes races during the week including a [...]
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Eddie's New Dream takes the Solana Beach Stakes at Del Mar on 8-25-23

Del Mar 2023 Week 6 Stakes Recaps (Aug 25-27)

By Jarrod Horak Week 6 at Del Mar was the calm before the stakes storm. We saw decent performances in the graded ranks from Anarchist and Eda, and now the stakes schedule kicks into high gear for the final two weeks of the summer meet. There are ten stakes on the docket from Sept. 2-4, [...]
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They are off and running at Saratoga Race Course

New York Showcase Day 2023 Stakes Recaps

By Jarrod Horak I enjoyed handicapping these New York-bred stakes races at Saratoga on Sunday, Aug. 27. I previewed the races for the Digest and ended up going 3-for-6 with a second. These six stakes races wrapped up the Travers week stakes action. There is one week and ten stakes races to go at the [...]
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Arcangelo wins 2023 Travers at Saratoga

Travers 2023 Recap: Amazing Arcangelo

By Jarrod Horak Arcangelo moved to the head of the sophomore male division with a strong victory over Disarm in Saturday’s Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. In this post, I will go through each of the Travers entrants and discuss their rides and trips. Tapit Trice was the most pleasant surprise, and [...]
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Travers Day Undercard Stakes: Shock and Sorrow

By Jarrod Horak I am still in shock over what happened at Saratoga on Saturday. The sudden breakdown of Maple Leaf Mel right before the wire a few weeks ago was extremely painful to witness, and after covering the aftermath of that harrowing turn of events on this website, I was really hoping for smooth [...]
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Roses for Debra wins 2023 Smart N Fancy at Saratoga

Saratoga 2023: Stakes Recaps (August 23-25)

By Jarrod Horak The Travers week stakes schedule began with the John’s Call on Aug. 23, and Tawny Port was best for Joel Rosario and Christophe Clement. The Ballston Spa was run the next day and there was a huge upset, and we saw a pair of strong winning performances in the Smart N Fancy [...]
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Saratoga 2023: New York Showcase Day Preview

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Travers is in the rear view mirror and now we turn our attention to New York Showcase Day at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday, August 27. The program features six New York-bred stakes races. Let’s peruse the Digest past performances and see if we can come up with some winners. [...]
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Linda’s Gift: Lock to Win 2nd Condition Watch For Her At Santa Anita (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old filly for Richard Mandella made her 2nd start this year in Saturday’s ninth, a first allowance condition at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf, 3 and up. Off at 4/1 in a field of 9, she broke running under Tiago Pereira and made the lead into the clubhouse turn. She [...]
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Miracle Mark: Has Ton Of Talent But Needs More Gate Schooling (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old colt for Phil D’Amato made start #2 on Saturday and for the 2nd consecutive race, he broke poorly at the start with a stumble to lose all chance. Off at 5/1 in a field of 8 runners going a mile on the main in this maiden special weight, he was six back [...]
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Arcangelo wins 2023 Travers at Saratoga

Travers Day 2023 undercard stakes previews

By Jarrod Horak There are five Grade 1 races at Saratoga on Saturday, August 26. I posted my Travers analysis and video at the Digest earlier this week, along with my video analysis of the H. Allen Jerkens. I will provided likes to those races, and I will preview the other three stakes below.  Click [...]
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Del Mar Racing Recaps and Rider Updates

Week five is in the books for the summer season at Del Mar but it was no ordinary week where the “turf meets the surf”. For just the 2nd time in the 84 year history of this historic track they had to cancel a day of racing due to inclement weather. With Hurricane Hilary moving [...]
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Kitzkaty: Good Enough To Break Maiden With Cal Breds and Clean Trip (Next Upcoming Race: )

A brutal trip for this two year old filly for Doug O’Neill in Friday’s third, a maiden special weight event at a mile on the turf for Cal breds. Off at 5/2 and bet down from a M/L of 6/1, she broke OK under hot riding Fresu from the inside, but then checked into the [...]
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Rothschild: $700K Son of Top Sire Uncle Mo Just Might Be Worth It (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old colt for Tim Yakteen made start #2 on Friday at six and a half on the main for maiden special weights. Off at 7/1 in a field of six and drawing the rail, he broke well under Ray Vasquez and had the lead by the half mile pole. On a track playing [...]
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Forte wins 2023 Jim Dandy.

Travers Stakes 2023 Analysis & Video

By Jarrod Horak The Grade 1 Travers will be run at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, August 26. A total of seven horses will face the starter and Forte is the 7-5 morning line favorite. I will go through the best Today’s Racing Digest pace ratings and final time ratings, and my video analysis is [...]
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Nest wins 2022 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga

Travers week stakes previews: Invest in Nest

By Jarrod Horak Travers week has arrived and the stakes schedule is off the hook. We have the Grade 2 Ballston Spa on Thursday, the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Friday, five Grade 1 races including the Travers on Saturday, and six New York-bred stakes on Sunday. Let’s start with the weekday stakes, and I [...]
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Randomized wins the 2023 Alabama (G1) at Saratoga

Saratoga 2023: Randomized rolls in Alabama

By Jarrod Horak Week six at Saratoga is in the books and Randomized turned in a star performance. Chad Brown’s filly hit the front early and never looked back in the Grade 1 Alabama for sophomore fillies traveling a mile and a quarter on the main track. Click here for Saratoga Racing Picks, Tips, and Insider [...]
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Anisette wins the 2023 Del Mar Oaks

Del Mar week 5 stakes recaps (Aug. 18-19)

By Jarrod Horak This week’s Del Mar stakes report is very short. Three stakes races were originally scheduled, but the Sunday card was cancelled and that program was supposed to feature the Solana Beach Stakes. No word yet on a new date for that race. Anisette was the big performer of the week after an [...]
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Racing Cancelled Del Mar Sunday, August 20 Due To Weather

Due to weather conditions, racing is cancelled for Sunday, August 20th. The facility will be open for simulcast wagering.
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Tamara: Daughter Of Beholder Is A Runner Ready For the Stakes (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old filly for Richard Mandella made her debut on Saturday in a maiden special weight allowance at six and a half on the main. Off as the 2nd choice in the wagering at 3/1 off some brilliant works, she was unfortunate to draw the rail for her debut. She bobbled at the start [...]
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Pretty Layla: Bred Top and Bottom For The Turf (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old filly for Mick Ruis made start #2 on Saturday in a maiden special weight event at a mile on the turf. Off at 5/1 in a full field of 10, she broke well under Ricky Gonzalez and was sixth into and out of the clubhouse turn. The jock kept her on the [...]
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Fried Asparagus: Geared Down Bt Still Won By a Dozen (Next Upcoming Race: )

Five year old mare for Steve Knapp, who had been facing Cal bred allowance runners, dropped in for a tag of $16K in the opener on Saturday, which also was a non winners of two, and just blitzed the field. Coming out of the 8 hole in an 8 horse field, on a track still [...]
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Randomized wins 2023 Wilton Stakes at Saratoga

Saratoga 2023: Alabama Stakes analysis & video

The Grade 1 Alabama Stakes will be run at Saratoga on Saturday, August 19. A total of ten horses will line up in the starting gate and Wet Paint is the 2-1 morning line favorite. I will go through the projected race shape and look at the best final time ratings, and my video analysis [...]
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Wet Paint captures Coaching Club American Oaks

Saratoga stakes previews: Alabama week

By Jarrod Horak The Grade 1 Alabama is the feature race of the week at Saratoga, and it is the biggest event of the summer for sophomore fillies. The mile and a quarter distance will probably trip up many of the runners, but the distance probably won’t hurt morning line favorite Wet Paint. This race [...]
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Computer Assisted Wagering Group Has Struck Again

HERE WE GO AGAIN: This situation seemed to be getting better this summer at Del Mar, but it raised its ugly head once again in the 7th race on Friday. Nine went to the post in this race of non winners twice for a claiming tag of $32,000 and my Turfdom’s top selection in this [...]
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No WOKE, Santa Anita is Getting Rid of the Rainbow

Even though Del Mar is in the midst of their 8 week summer season, 1st Racing and Santa Anita have to have their name in the news. Part of this I like and part of it I don’t. The part I like is that they will do away with the Rainbow pick six starting with [...]
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Del Mar Stakes Recaps and Rumblings

They had a mandatory payout of the pick 6 on Sunday and the patrons added over $3.1 million to the pool of $373,278. The total pool was only at $2.1 million while the horses started loading into the gates, so you can imagine how much late money was added after most of us were shut [...]
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Del Mar’s Biased Racing Surface and How To Handicap For It

Week four is in the books and we have reached the halfway mark of the 8 week summer season. And there is one thing we know for sure about where the turf meets the surf. The main track at Del Mar is a BIASED racing surface. After playing relatively fair over Thursday and Friday this [...]
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Eylara (IRE): Improving Nicely For D’Amato (Next Upcoming Race: )

Lightly raced five year old mare for Phil D’Amato, tried stakes company for the first time in her career, and didn’t fare too badly. Off at 7/2 in a field of 9 runners at 11 furlongs on the lawn for fillies and mares in the ungraded CTT/TOC stakes, she settled nicely for Rispoli well off [...]
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Prince of Monaco wins the 2023 Best Pal Stakes

Del Mar stakes recaps: Prince of Monaco rules

By Jarrod Horak The Del Mar stakes star of the week was an easy choice. Exciting 2-year-old prospect Prince of Monaco ran a hole in the wind in the Best Pal Stakes on Sunday for trainer Bob Baffert. He might be the goods! Click here for Del Mar Racing Picks, Tips, and Insider Analysis Graduation – [...]
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Carl Spackler wins 2023 Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga

Saratoga stakes recaps: Carl Spackler sparkles

By Jarrod Horak We saw some impressive efforts in the stakes ranks at Saratoga for the week ending August 13. There were at least three performances worthy of blue-ribbon status, and I decided to go with Carl Spackler (IRE) as the star of the week. Chad Brown’s emerging stakes star made the grade in the [...]
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Legislator: Finished First But DQ’d After Knocking 2 Off Balance (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old gelding for Peter Miller, though still a maiden, tried winners on Sunday in a 1st allowance condition at a mile on the turf. Off at 10/1 in a full field of 12, he relaxed early under Tiago Pereira and was a good 10 lengths back of the leaders down the back side. [...]
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Where’s My Ring: Ran Well But Lost By a Lip (Next Upcoming Race: )

Trainer Val Brinkerhoff has to feel a bit snake bitten as here he is again on the Horses to Watch list off another second. You’ve heard the phrase before, he ran too good to lose, well it definitely applies to this three year old filly, who made her debut in race three on Sunday. Off [...]
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Redline: This Son of Texas Red Can Win Going Long Or Short on Dirt or Turf (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old colt for Steve Knapp was in for a $40,000 tag on Saturday at a mile on the main track with 7 other older horses. Off at 7/2 under Tiago Pereira, he settled in third into the clubhouse turn, just 3 back of the leaders. He stayed there down the back side, put [...]
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Gentle (GB): Visually Impressive While Being Bred For Turf (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for George Papaprodromou made her first start stateside on Saturday in a maiden allowance for 3 and up at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf for fillies and mares. Off at 9/2 and bet down from a morning line of 12/1, she hopped at the start under Rispoli and [...]
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I Win Again: Maldonado Fits Him Well And Soon To Be Winner (Next Upcoming Race: )

The name doesn’t fit just yet of this two year old colt for Val Brinkerhoff, who is still a maiden after two starts. But he does have two good seconds and ran into a buzz saw on Saturday in this maiden special weight event at five and a half on the main. Off at 9/1 [...]
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Turf Paradise Days Might Be Numbered

The owners of the Phoenix, Arizona race track announced this past week that they would not be starting their 130 day winter meet in November. The track has been up for sale and is now pending to close on December 17 to a group of developers. This track, which has been in operation since 1956, [...]
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2023 Hall Of Fame Selections Has a Strong California Showing

This past week on a rainy Friday morning at Saratoga, they inducted into the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame, the class for 2023, and it had a very strong California flavor for the inductees. Three champion race horses, all who made their home on the Southern California circuit, were unanimous selections in their first year of [...]
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The Meet’s Leading Rider Wins the La Jolla Stakes at Del Mar

The Grade 3 La Jolla Stakes for sophomores at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf was the headliner on Sunday as 8 went to the post. They made a maiden the 3/1 favorite in this race, maybe because the meet’s leading rider had the mount, and sure enough, with his only mount of [...]
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Juan Hernandez gets a break from suspension to make the difference in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes.

They ran four stakes over the weekend at Del Mar, two each on Saturday and Sunday. The Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch was the headliner on Saturday, and though only five went to the post, it was still a good horse race. Baffert’s Adare Manor was made the solid 3 to 5 favorite in this [...]
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Casa Creed wins Grade 1 Fourstardave in 2022

Saratoga stakes previews: Fourstardave weekend 

By Jarrod Horak The stakes action just keeps on coming at Saratoga, and the big event this Saturday is the Grade 1 Fourstardave Handicap, named in honor of The Sultan of Saratoga. I was a fan of the iron horse in the 80’s and 90’s. He captured at least one race at Saratoga from 1987-1994, [...]
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Eligio: Good Enough To Win With Some Luck (Next Upcoming Race: )

Hard luck two year old colt for Phil Oviedo ran too good to lose in Friday’s opener, a sprint on the main at five and a half for maiden claimers with a tag of $100K. Off as the 2/1 second choice in a field of 7, he broke running under Rickey Gonzalez and vied for [...]
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Belmont Stakes 2023 winner Arcangelo.

Beyond the 2023 Triple Crown: Updated Rankings

By Jarrod Horak We are well into the second half of the year and the 3-year-old male division title is still very much up for grabs. Forte, last year’s 2-year-old champ, captured his third graded race in 2023 in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday, July 29. A win in the [...]
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Bus Buzz wins Real Good Deal at Del Mar

Del Mar week 3 stakes recaps (August 4-6)

By Jarrod Horak The third week of the Del Mar summer meet included five stakes races. Two were of the graded variety and three were restricted to California-bred horses, and the stakes star of the week award goes to Bus Buzz. The state bred sophomore sprinter put on a show in the Real Good Deal [...]
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Inside Speed Is Back While Early Speed and Favorites Dominate at Del Mar

Del Mar is a great place to visit, no doubt about it. Cool temps to get away from the summer heat, those cool ocean breezes coming off the Pacific, and lots of pretty people taking in all of the sights, sounds, and even the smells of a race track. And yes, at Del Mar, they [...]
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Maple Leaf Mel wins East View Stakes

Saratoga stakes recaps: Mourning Maple Leaf Mel

By Jarrod Horak We cannot begin this recap article without discussing the tragic events surrounding the Test Stakes, and that race is almost impossible to talk about given what happened just before the wire. The ending was almost too tragic to believe. Maple Leaf Mel, an extremely talented and fleet New York-bred filly, was in [...]
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Panic Alarm (IRE): Watch For Him If Entered In Del Mar Derby (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old gelding for John Sadler made his U.S. debut in the Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap for sophomores at a mile and a sixteenth on the lawn on Sunday. Off at 6/1 in a field of 8, he was covered up early by Rispoli and sat 7 lengths off the pace into and [...]
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Greer My Dear: Soon To Be Winner With Hall of Fame Barn (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old filly for Richard Mandella made her debut on Sunday in a ¾ sprint on the main for maiden special weights. Off at 13/1 in a field of 9, she broke running under Maldonado from the outside slot and sat third down the back side, just two off the leaders. She stayed in [...]
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Precocious Times: Can Win At This Level With Clean Trip (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old filly for John Sadler had a pretty rough trip in Saturday’s finale, a mile turf starter allowance race for non winners twice. Off at 5/1 in a field of 11, she relaxed nicely for Berrios down the back side and was 8 back of the leaders and about mid pack. She started [...]
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Stay Hot: May Have Finished 2nd If Not For Infraction (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old colt for Peter Eurton made his debut in Saturday’s opener, a six furlong dash on the main for maiden special weights. Off at 16/1 in a field of 7, he broke running under Antonio Fresu and sat 3rd down the back side just two off the leaders. He came out and looked [...]
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Stakes This Week: Real Good Deal, California Dreamin

Lots of stakes action this week starting on Friday with the Real Good Deal stakes at 7 furlongs on the main track for Cal bred sophomores. There is plenty of speed nominated to this race with the very fast Kangaroo Court joined by the almost as fast Bus Buzz. Peter Miller’s Giver Not a Taker [...]
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Should Racing Stay In Northern California?

1ST RACING, AKA, THE STRONACH GROUP: Since 1st Racing announced back on July 16 that they will shut down Golden Gate Fields at the end of the year, they have been pretty “mum” about what all this entails. I’m not sure they really have any plan in place for Northern California, but what they really [...]
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The Learning Curve of Hisa

As everyone knows who has anything to do with racing, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority is off to an awfully rough start with their medication violations and trainer suspensions. After trainer Jonothan Wong had been suspended for four weeks and all of his 100 plus horses have been given to other trainers across the [...]
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Del Mar Stakes Recap: Eddie Read, Bing Crosby, San Diego Handicap

STAKES RECAP: BLOOD AND GUTS: They ran three graded stakes over the weekend and all three had strong fields with plenty of entries. It would be hard to top the Grade 1 Bing Crosby on Saturday as they had 12 strong sprinters go six furlongs on the main track and it was a Win and [...]
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Cody's Wish takes the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga in 2022

Saratoga weekend stakes previews (August 5-6)

By Jarrod Horak Whitney weekend is almost here and all eyes are on Cody’s Wish. Bill Mott’s 5-year-old horse won his last six stakes starts including Grade 1 triumphs in the Forego, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Churchill Downs Stakes, and Met Mile. The Whitney is a Win & You’re In for the 2023 Breeders’ Cup [...]
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Del Mar’s Main Track Bias and Off The Pace Turf Router’s Advantage

Del Mar’s second week of racing was just as good as their first week with plenty of full fields and a number of good priced horses crossing the finish line first. With Saratoga having plenty of five horse fields in their stakes races, Del Mar is having anywhere from 9 to 14 horse fields for [...]
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War At Sea: Good Prep Race Getting Ready For the Mile At Del Mar (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old colt for Ron Ellis, who had not been to the post in nearly a year, tried the 3rd allowance condition on Friday at 5/8 on the turf for older runners. Off at 17/1 in a field of 8 “salty” runners, he was last down the back side, and quickly fell 10 lengths [...]
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Senor Buscador wins 2023 San Diego Handicap

Del Mar week 2 stakes recaps (July 27-30)

By Jarrod Horak The second week of the Del Mar summer meet featured five stakes races. Senor Buscador pulled off the biggest surprise at 13-1 odds in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap, and he will probably go next in the Pacific Classic (G1) on Saturday, September 2. Click here for Del Mar Racing Picks, Tips, [...]
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2022 Penn Oaks winner Haughty

Saratoga Week 4 stakes previews (August 2-4)

By Jarrod Horak One of the great things about Saratoga is all of the stakes activity during the week. Hopefully the weather holds up because the weekday stakes action is confined to the turf course as we flip the calendar to August. Horses for the turf course Technical Analysis and War Like Goddess headline the [...]
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Stronach Group’s Plans to Consolidate and Improve Thoroughbred Horse Racing In Southern California.

Press Release, Santa Anita (July 28, 2023) – The Stronach Group’s 1/ST RACING today announced a plan to help consolidate racing operations in Southern California, invigorate an aging business model that has plagued California racing for decades and build on the state’s recent reforms that have vastly improved safety. “We are confident that this comprehensive package [...]
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Forte wins 2023 Jim Dandy

Saratoga stakes recaps: Forte’s eventful Saturday

By Jarrod Horak What a stellar week of stakes races at Saratoga. I don’t even know where to begin. Echo Zulu, Next, and New York Thunder were tremendous during the week, and Elite Power and Forte showed us why they are champions in a pair of determined victories over the weekend. It is almost impossible [...]
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Barbara T: Daughter of Army Mule Will Be Hard To Beat In Next Start (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old filly for Mike McCarthy made her debut on Sunday and ran too good to lose. Off at 20/1 in a field of 9 maiden special weights at five and a half on the main, she broke running under Rispoli from the rail and was sent hard to make the lead by the [...]
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Slider: Son of Jimmy Creed Will Be Tighter in 2nd Start (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old colt for John Sadler made his debut in Saturday’s opener at five and a half on the main for maiden special weights. Off at 8/1 in a six horse field, he came out running under Hector Berrios and got caught up in a pace duel through wicked fractions of 21.23 and 44.51 [...]
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Impact Warrior (IRE): Should Win This Condition In Next Start (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Phil D’Amato made her U.S. debut on Saturday in a 12 horse field for the 1st allowance condition at a flat mile on the green. Off at 3/1, she settled nicely for Desormeaux, as he took a hold of her early and she was five back in the middle of [...]
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Dr. Schivel: One to Watch In Next at Del Mar (Next Upcoming Race: )

His Del Mar record is stellar. As a 2-year-old in 2020, he broke his maiden in August and won the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity in September. In 2021, he captured the Grade 1 Bing Crosby and lost a heartbreaker by a nose as my top choice in the BC Sprint. He is training steadily [...]
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Hula Candy: He Can Beat This Kind With Clean Trip (Next Upcoming Race: )

Five year old full horse for John Shirreffs had another tough trip when stretched out to a mile in Saturday’s finale, a maiden special weight on the turf 3 and up. Off at 3/1 in a full field of 12, Bravo kept him well back early, tried to rally on the fence in the lane, [...]
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Forte wins the 2022 Hopeful

Saratoga weekend stakes previews (July 29-30)

By Jarrod Horak This weekend’s stakes action at Saratoga features an intriguing renewal of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy. The co-feature on Saturday is the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt and that race will probably be a battle between Elite Power and Gunite. Sunday’s main event is the Grade 2 Bowling Green on turf.  Click [...]
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The Digest Analysts are excited for this weekend’s big cards!

At Del Mar, Saturday’s G1 Bing Crosby and G2 San Diego Handicap attracted a full card with full fields and there is a $1,000,000 payoff for a single winning ticket on Saturday’s Pick 6!  The Digest’s staff of expert handicappers has uncovered 4 Double Digit Long Shot Picks we think can beat their odds.  Saturday’s [...]
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Golden Gate’s Bombshell and the Computer Assisted Wagering Crisis

By Rod Young from Turfdom As per usual, Del Mar started their 84th season with a bang last Friday. They only had 21,000 plus on track but that was by design, as they limited the amount of patrons for opening day to accommodate those that were in attendance, without long concession and wagering lines. The [...]
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Tony Ann: Caught Late and Just Missed at Wire, Watch In Next Start (Next Upcoming Race: )

Five year old mare for Phil D’Amato, coming off an 8 month layoff, ran huge in the Daisycutter stakes at 5/8 on the lawn Friday evening. Off at 8/1 in a field of 9, she broke OK and sat fifth down the back side, some five lengths off the pace. Desormeaux guided her to the [...]
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Signora Minister: Rapidly Improving One To Watch In Next Start (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old filly for Peter Miller was entered in a 20,000 claimer for 3 and up on the main at ¾ on Friday for non winners of 3 lifetime. Off as the 2/1 choice in a field of 9, she broke well under Diego Herrera and sat two lengths back of the leader down [...]
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Chismosa: One to Watch In Next at Del Mar (Next Upcoming Race: )

A perfect 3-for-3 record at Del Mar last summer stamps her as a bonafide horse for course. Two of her wins were CA-bred stakes victories (CTBA, Generous Portion). She was third in the Melair and second in the Great Lady M (G2) in her last two stakes starts. She worked five panels in 1:00.80 at [...]
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Anisette wins the 2023 San Clemente at Del Mar

Del Mar opening week stakes recaps (July 21-23)

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Del Mar summer meet is off and running. There were five stakes races on opening week and four of those were flat mile turf events. We saw some impressive performances including Anisette’s scene-stealing performance in the Grade 2 San Clemente Stakes on Saturday, July 22. Click here for Del Mar Racing [...]
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Saratoga winner's circle

Saratoga week 3 stakes previews (July 26-28)

By Jarrod Horak We are rapidly wrapping up the month of July and the weekday stakes action at Saratoga kicks off with Echo Zulu in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss. She is 2-for-2 at the Spa and looks tough to deny on Wednesday. Next is the one to catch in the Birdstone, and Drew’s Gold [...]
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Nest and Clairiere do battle in the 2023 Shuvee Stakes at Saratoga

Saratoga stakes recaps: Nest shines in Shuvee

By Jarrod Horak Saratoga’s second week of the 2023 summer meet is in the books and seven stakes races were run from July 19-23. We witnessed big performances from Scotland in the Curlin and Wet Paint in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks, but the star of the week award goes to Nest after [...]
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Irideo (ARG): One to Watch In Next at Del Mar (Next Upcoming Race: )

This South American transplant had success at Del Mar last summer. He won the Wickerr Stakes in July and rallied for the place in the Del Mar Mile (G2) in September. In his last two starts at Santa Anita, he completed the exacta in the American Stakes (G3) and Shoemaker Mile (G1). His most recent [...]
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Freedom Lass: Moved Too Soon and Beat At Wire, Can Improve (Next Upcoming Race: )

Six year old mare for Phil D’Amato ran a winning race on Sunday in this 2nd allowance condition for older fillies and mares at 9 furlongs on the grass. Off at 9/1 in a field of 8, she broke running from the outside under Kyle Frey and settled in 3rd into the clubhouse turn. She [...]
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Geaux Rocket Ride wins the 2023 Haskell Stakes

Geaux Rocket Ride zooms away in Haskell

By Jarrod Horak Richard Mandella means business when he ships a horse to Monmouth Park for their marquee race. He previously won the Haskell in 2000 with Dixie Union. This year, his lightly raced California invader Geaux Rocket Ride stalked the pace and spurted away from Kentucky Derby hero Mage and Bob Baffert’s highly regarded [...]
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Mage wins 2023 Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby winner Mage returns in Haskell

By Jarrod Horak Eight sophomore males take center stage in the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, July 22. Bob Baffert has won the Haskell a record 9 times and he is represented this year by undefeated colt Arabian Knight, the 5-2 morning line favorite.   Click here for Haskell [...]
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Ebok’s Dream Girl: Stuck on Slow Rail in Debut, Trainer Improves in 2nd Starts (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old filly for John Sadler made her debut on Saturday in a Cal bred maiden special weight at 5/8 on the main. Off at 5/1 in a field of 10, she broke OK under Rispoli and stayed on the rail for most of the race and that was not the place to be [...]
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Warrens Candy Girl: One to Watch In Next at Del Mar (Next Upcoming Race: )

This CA-bred daughter of Clubhouse Ride is trained by Craig Lewis and she clearly likes the Del Mar turf course. She broke her maiden at the seaside oval in a state bred turf route in 2021, and won another flat mile turf affair later that year in the fall. Last summer, she rallied to win [...]
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Anisette (GB): Quickly Responded When Asked, One to Beat In Next Start (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Len Powell faced stakes company for the first time on Saturday in the Grade 2 San Clemente at a mile on the turf for soph fillies. Off as the 2/1 choice in a field of 15, she broke OK under Rispoli and then was taken in hand and covered up [...]
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https://todaysracingdigest.com/articles/selenaia-ire-santa-anita-june-10-2023: Nice Burst Of Speed To Win By Five

Three year old gelding for Mark Glatt made his debut in Friday’s 2nd, a sprint on the main at six and a half for special weights, 3 and up. Off at 4/1 in a field of 10, he broke a step slow under the bug boy Aguilar and was 4th down the back side, but [...]
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North East Star (IRE): Rough Trip May Be Overlooked in Next Start (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Phil D’Amato made start #3 in Friday’s third, a mile on the turf for fillies and mares 3 and up maiden special weights. Off as the even money choice in a field of 12, she had a very rough trip under Rispoli and was off the board completely. She hopped [...]
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Dr. Venkman: Nice Burst Of Speed To Win By Five (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old gelding for Mark Glatt made his debut in Friday’s 2nd, a sprint on the main at six and a half for special weights, 3 and up. Off at 4/1 in a field of 10, he broke a step slow under the bug boy Aguilar and was 4th down the back side, but [...]
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Clairiere wins the 2022 Shuvee at Saratoga

Saratoga stakes previews: Nest returns in Shuvee

By Jarrod Horak The second weekend at Saratoga features a trio of graded stakes races including the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks. Todd Pletcher has live contenders in two of the graded races including Nest in the Grade 2 Shuvee on Sunday, July 23.  Click here for Saratoga Racing Picks, Tips, and Insider Analysis Grade [...]
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Top 10 Del Mar Horse Racing Winning Handicapping Angles

Whether you are new to handicapping or a seasoned professional Today’s Racing Digest’s 50 plus years of rich robust analytics, artificial intelligence, data science, and boots-on-ground experience will give you the help you need to cash bigger tickets more often by uncovering overlooked value often missed by the rest of the betting public. The following [...]
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Generous Portion Stakes 2022 winner Chismosa

Del Mar 2023 summer meet: 5 horses to watch

By Jarrod Horak Del Mar is definitely a horse for course track. It is truly a unique experience with ocean breezes, tidal shifts, and ever-changing salty moisture content. Some horses thrive at the seaside oval and closers seem to love the turf course, but some horses fail to rise to the occasion. Take these two [...]
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Saratoga stakes previews: Blazing Sevens returns

There are four stakes races scheduled at Saratoga Race Course from July 19-21. The second week of the meet gets underway with a pair of New York Stallion Series events on July 19 and 20. On Friday, Blazing Sevens is using the restricted Curlin Stakes as a prep for the Grade 1 Travers. Also on [...]
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Uncashed goes wire-to-wire in the 2023 Quick Call at Saratoga

Saratoga 2023 week 1 stakes recaps (July 13-16)

By Jarrod Horak Opening week at Saratoga featured unsettled weather and multiple upsets in the stakes races. There were seven stakes from July 13-16 and Whitebeam (GB) was the star of the week. Chad Brown’s filly nipped her highly regarded stablemate In Italian (GB) in the Grade 1 Diana. Click here for Saratoga Racing Picks, Tips, [...]
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John Sadler and Flavien Prat team up to win the 2019 Pacific Classic with Higher Power

Del Mar 2023 summer meet trainers to watch

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Del Mar summer meet is less than a week away and the excitement is building. I covered riders to watch yesterday, and in this post I will take a look at the top trainers to keep an eye on.  Click here for Del Mar Racing Picks, Tips, and Insider Analysis 2022 [...]
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Bellabel wins the 2022 San Clemente at Del Mar

Del Mar 2023 summer meet jockeys to watch

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Del Mar thoroughbred meet kicks off on Friday, July 21 and I will be covering the action at Today’s Racing Digest this summer. Keep checking this spot for articles, videos, and more. This post features the riders to watch at Del Mar.  Click here for Del Mar Racing Picks, Tips, and [...]
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In Italian wins 2022 Diana Stakes at Saratoga

Saratoga stakes previews featuring Grade 1 Diana

By Jarrod Horak Opening weekend at Saratoga features four graded stakes races including the Grade 1 Diana. Chad Brown has owned the Diana in recent runnings and he has 80% of the field this year. The Diana, Kelso, and Sanford will be run on Saturday, July 15, and the Quick Call is on the docket [...]
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Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York

Saratoga opening week stakes previews

By Jarrod Horak Opening week at Saratoga has arrived and it is time to analyze the first three stakes races of the meet. First up is the Grade 3 Schuylerville on opening day, July 13, and the Wilton Stakes and Coronation Cup will be run on Friday, July 14. I will be previewing and recapping [...]
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Using the horse for course angle at Saratoga

By Jarrod Horak Saratoga, known as the The Graveyard of Champions, is one of those tracks that horses seem to love or hate. Favorites tend to get overbet in stakes races, and the horse for course angle can be a strong handicapping tool.  The great Man o’ War lost just once in 21 races and [...]
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The horses break from the gate at Saratoga

Saratoga track profile & post position stats

By Jarrod Horak The Belmont Park spring/summer meet ended earlier today and we are in Saratoga countdown mode. The boutique summer meet starts on July 13 and I posted multiple Saratoga articles at the Digest earlier in the week. I covered jockeys, trainers, and owners to watch, and in this post I will dive into [...]
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Reincarnate captures the 2023 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park on 1-8-23.

Big day for Kentucky Derby pace casualties

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Kentucky Derby featured a blistering pace and place finisher Two Phil’s was the only forwardly placed runner around at the end. On July 8, two pace casualties from the Derby got back on track with stakes victories.  First up was Verifying in the Grade 3 Indiana Derby. He dueled from [...]
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Cody's Wish wins the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga in 2022

Saratoga 2023: Owners to watch

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Saratoga meet is right around the corner and owners love to have their picture taken at the prestigious boutique meeting in Upstate New York. Klavarich Stables seemingly has a hammerlock on the leading owner title. They had the most wins from 2015-22.  Click here for Saratoga Racing Picks, Tips, and Insider [...]
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Los Alamitos Derby 2023 Analysis & Wagers

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Los Alamitos Derby at 1 1/8 miles on July 8 looks like a match race on paper between Grade 3 Sham hero Reincarnate and Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby show finisher Skinner. The former has the tactical edge and the latter has the most upside.   Last week, I covered [...]
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Saratoga 2023: Trainers to watch

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Saratoga summer thoroughbred meet begins on Thursday, July 13. I covered the riders to watch at the Spa yesterday. Today, I will take a look at the top trainers to keep an eye on.   Click here for Saratoga Racing Picks, Tips, and Insider Analysis 2022 Leading Trainers (wins): Chad Brown [...]
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Saratoga 2023: Jockeys to watch

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Saratoga thoroughbred meet kicks off on Thursday, July 13 and I will be covering much of the action for the Digest this summer. Keep checking this spot for articles and videos. In this post, I will cover the riders to watch at the Spa.  Click here for Saratoga Racing Picks, Tips, [...]
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Elm Drive: Watch if Moves to Turf In Next Start (Next Upcoming Race: )

She captured the Sorrento (G2) at Del Mar as a juvenile in 2021, and I really like her form this year. She won the Monrovia (G3) in April and scored again in the Mizdirection in May. Last time in the Great Lady M (G2) on the Fourth of July at Los Al, she dueled with [...]
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Saratoga 2023: Nest gears up for Shuvee

By Jarrod Horak I have been eagerly awaiting the reappearance of 3-year-old filly champ Nest, and it was great to hear that she is expected to make her first start of 2023 in the Grade 2, $200,000 Shuvee Stakes at Saratoga on July 23.  Click here for Saratoga Racing Picks, Tips, and Insider Analysis Todd Pletcher’s [...]
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Was the 2023 Belmont Stakes a Strong Race?

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Belmont Stakes was loaded with graded talent and Arcangelo parlayed a ground saving trip into a 7-1 upset over Forte and Tapit Trice in the final jewel of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 10. Jena Antonucci had this one primed to run a big race and [...]
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West Will Power Qualifies for BC Classic

By Jarrod Horak The Grade 1 Stephen Foster on Saturday, July 1 at Ellis Park was a Win and You’re In for the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic, and West Will Power stalked the pace, struck the front, and held off Rock N Roll to score by a half-length.  Flavien Prat rode the winner for Brad [...]
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Was the 2023 Preakness Stakes a Strong Race?

By Jarrod Horak Only one Kentucky Derby 2023 participant competed in the Preakness and Mage was that runner. The Derby hero faced six rivals in Baltimore and Blazing Sevens was the only other graded winner.  The Preakness sure did not look like a strong race on paper and it got even weaker after the defection [...]
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Watch Out for Scratched Triple Crown Runners

By Jarrod Horak Five horses defected from the 2023 Kentucky Derby and there was one Preakness scratch. Can any of those runners make an impact this summer and fall?  Continuar (JPN): He would have been one of the longest shots on the board in the Derby. His trainer was not happy with his fitness level [...]
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Stephen Foster 2023 Analysis & Wagers

By Jarrod Horak The Grade 1, $1 million Stephen Foster Stakes is the 10th race at Ellis Park on Saturday, July 1, and it is a Win and You’re In event for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Eight horses will line up to face the starter and Smile Happy is the 3-1 morning line favorite.  Grade [...]
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Beyond the 2023 Triple Crown: June Rankings

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Triple Crown is in the rear-view mirror and we are speeding towards the big summer targets. The 3-year-old division is wide open at this stage and it is time to catch up with the sophomore leaders.  Two Phil’s appeared to reach the top of the leaderboard after an impressive score [...]
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Was the 2023 Kentucky Derby a Strong Race?

By Jarrod Horak The early pace was swift and Mage rolled home from off the pace to capture the 2023 Kentucky Derby. Five horses scratched and the Florida shipper ended up defeating 17 runners on the first Saturday in May, and the strong early pace really helped the late runners.  Ten horses have run back. [...]
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Muth: May Be One to Beat In Best Pal Stakes At Del Mar (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old colt for Bob Baffert made his debut on Sunday in a maiden special weight event at 5/8 on the main track. Off at 1 to 5 in a field of six, he broke like a cannon shot from the six hole and had six on the field by the 3/8 pole. That [...]
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Lady Jae: Should Find Winning Spot At Del Mar (Next Upcoming Race: February 18, 2024)

Five year old mare for Librado Barocia ran a winning race in the finale on Saturday in this 1st allowance condition race down the hill for fillies and mares 3 and up. Breaking from the one hole in a field of 9 and off at 6/1 under J.J., she went right to the front and [...]
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Tranche: Will Be Tough To Beat In Juvenille Stakes at Del Mar (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old colt for Luis Mendez made start #3 on Saturday in the Fasig Tipton Futurity for $100,000, and although still a maiden, he put it all together under Maldonado. He broke running, grabbed the lead immediately in this five furlong dash for babies and made every pole a winning one with fractions of [...]
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Horace Mann: This One Sets Him Up Nicely for Del Mar (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old colt for Phil D’Amato, off since November of last year, re-surfaced in Saturday’s opener, a dash down the hill for the first allowance condition for sophomores. Off at 9/2 in a field of 7, he broke well from the outside and settled in 4th down the hill, four off the leaders. He [...]
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Play These 3 Triple Crown Series Runners

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Triple Crown Series is over and we saw three different winners once again. That has been the case since 2019 and the current sophomore division is seemingly without a leader. The Derby featured a pace meltdown, the Preakness had no early pace, and the recently concluded Belmont Stakes was captured [...]
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Arcangelo Rides the Rails in Belmont Stakes 2023

By Jarrod Horak Arcangelo took advantage of a ground saving trip to win the 2023 Belmont Stakes. Javier Castellano rode the winner for Jena Antonucci. It was the first Belmont win for rider and trainer, and Antonucci became the first female conditioner to capture the Belmont and first to win any of the Triple Crown [...]
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Escape Artist: Quick Opened Up 3 At 1/8 Pole for Win By 5 (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old ridgling for Mike McCarthy tried the first allowance condition on Sunday at a mile on the turf for sophomores. Off as the even money choice in a field of 7, he broke OK and sat 2nd into the clubhouse turn. He laid 2nd down the back side just 2 lengths behind the [...]
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Belmont Stakes 2023 Final Thoughts

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Belmont Stakes will be run later today at Belmont Park and the conditions could not be more ideal. The track is fast with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70’s. It is time to take one final look at the nine entrants. 1 – Tapit Shoes (20-1): Brad Cox’s [...]
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Unwrapping the Belmont Stakes Pace Puzzle

By Jarrod Horak I took a look at the Preakness pace scenario prior to the second jewel of the Triple Crown, and this time I will see if I can unwrap the puzzling Belmont Stakes race shape.  In the Kentucky Derby, the pace was sizzling and Mage rumbled home from the back of the pack. [...]
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National Treasure: A Tale of Two Belmont Works

By Jarrod Horak Preakness hero National Treasure has worked twice for the 2023 Belmont Stakes and the two morning moves could not have been more different. What does it mean and how will it affect his performance on Saturday? On Tuesday, May 30, National Treasure was surprisingly back on the worktab a mere 10 days [...]
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Panthera’s Fate: Best in Field But Held Back By Jockey Can Improve (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old gelding for Phil D’Amato made his debut on Saturday in a Cal bred maiden special weight event at ¾ on the lawn for 3 and up. Off at 8/1 in a full field of 12 runners, this son of the good stallion Smiling Tiger had a nightmare trip. He was left at [...]
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Selenaia (IRE): Rare 5 Lengths Win In Graded Stakes On Grass (Next Upcoming Race: )

You will have to put this one in your “stable watch” as this three year old filly for Jonothan Thomas will probably run her next race back east somewhere. Off at 5/2 in a field of 8 in the Grade 3 Honeymoon stakes at 9 furlongs on the lawn, she was anchored early by “Jersey [...]
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Seven Charms: Should Be Ready In 3rd Off Layoff (Next Upcoming Race: )

Six year old gelding for Mike McCarthy made start #2 off a 10 month layoff in Saturday’s finale, a 9 furlong test on the lawn for non winners of three who have started for a $50,000 tag or less. Off at 6/1 in an 11 horse field, his trip today was almost as bad as [...]
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Analyzing Todd Pletcher’s Belmont Winners 

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Belmont Stakes includes two runners from the powerful Todd Pletcher barn, 2-year-old champion Forte and Grade 1 Blue Grass hero Tapit Trice. Last year, Pletcher trainees Mo Donegal and Nest finished first and second in the final leg of the Triple Crown, and he seeks his fifth Belmont winner on [...]
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Twist (FR): Seems To Be Best at 9F on the Sod (Next Upcoming Race: )

ix year old gelding for John Sadler made his U.S. debut in Sunday’s 7th, a second condition allowance race at a flat mile on the turf. Off at 4/1 in a field of 8, he was bumped from the inside at the break to be away slowly, then taken directly to the rail by Fresu. [...]
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Colette’s Joy: Bottled at 1/8 pole Likely Won’t Miss In Next Start (Next Upcoming Race: February 22, 2024)

Three year old filly for Mark Glatt made her debut in Sunday’s 4th, a maiden special weight event for 3 and up on the main at ¾ of a mile. Off at 12/1 in a field of 7, she broke OK under Aguilar and settled in fifth down the back side, but just three off [...]
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Nang Singha: Impressive Win, Tab Right Back If Mullins Keeps Her In For a Tag (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old filly for Jeff Mullins, away from the races since June of 2022, surfaced in a $20,000 maiden claimer on Saturday at ¾ on the main for 3 and up. Off at 3/1 in a field of 8, she settled in nicely off the pace under Berrios, moved toward the lonely leader at [...]
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Sarwar (FR): Good From 8-9 Furlongs While Strong In The Stretch (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old gelding for Len Powell made his 2nd start in this country on Saturday in a 1st allowance condition at 9 furlongs on the turf. Off at 9/2 under Hector Berrios in a field of just five, he was covered up early and was third into the clubhouse turn. He stayed in that [...]
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Watsonville: Might Have Been Best After Rough Trip (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old colt for Mark Glatt made start #2 on Saturday in a maiden special weight event at six and a half on the turf (from the chute) for 3 and up. Off at 7/2 in a field of 8, he had a pretty rough trip getting bumped around at the start and then [...]
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Reiquist: Dueled For Lead Through Quick Fractions To Win by 7 (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old colt for Tim Yakteen, who had not been to the post since June of last year, made his 2nd career start on Monday in a maiden special weight at six and a half on the main, 3 and up. Off at 17/1 in a field of 6 and donning the blinkers, he [...]
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Maltese Falcon (IRE): Rough Trip Down The Lane And Stuck On Rail Look For Improvement (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old gelding for Len Powell was in for 9 furlongs on the turf in this maiden special weight event in the opener on Monday and had a very rough trip down the lane. Off at 4/1 in a field of 8, and getting plenty of play early on, he was well meant today [...]
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Strange Addiction: Broke Slowly and Bumped Rallied From 8 Back For 3rd (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Dave Hofmans made her debut in Sunday’s 6th, a maiden special weight event at ¾ on the turf for Cal breds 3 and up. Off at 6/1 in a field of 9, she broke very slowly and bumped with an inside horse to be away last. She was 8 back [...]
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Belmont Stakes 2023 Report: Early Preview

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Belmont Stakes is shaping up as a very good betting race. Kentucky Derby winner Mage will not be running at Belmont Park after a show finish in the Preakness crushed his Triple Crown dreams, but National Treasure, the wire-to-wire winner of that race, is eyeing the final jewel of the [...]
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Flying Drummer: Likely Needed This One and Can Improve (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old colt for Bob Baffert, who had been away from the races for 17 months, found himself in a 1st allowance condition on Saturday for older runners at a mile on the main. Off at 5/2 in a field of 9, he bobbled slightly at the start, but recovered nicely under J.J. and [...]
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Princess Adaleigh: Ready For Stakes Action Now (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old filly for Vladimir Cerin tried the 2nd allowance condition in Saturday’s opener, a ¾ mile sprint on the turf for older fillies and mares. Off as the even money choice in a field of six, she fought for the lead from the get go through fractions of 22.92 and 45.81 for the [...]
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Fixed Odds Wagering Is Off And Running At Monmouth Park plus Santa Anita Weekly Recap

Week 20 is concluded at Santa Anita Park and management is starting to have trouble with field size, as there were many short fields in last week’s three days of racing. Of course, like most tracks across the country, they are focusing on the “big” day and save many races to capitalize on handle for [...]
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Ransomware: This One Sets Him Up Nicely For Allowance Conditions (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old colt for Phil D’Amato, off since December, made the 4th start of his career on Sunday in the ungraded Desert Code stakes at six and a half down the hill for three year olds. Off as the longest price in the field at 17/1 of the six. He broke OK under Vasquez, [...]
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North East Star (IRE): Closed In Lane For 3rd After Being 15 Back Early (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Phil D’Amato made her U.S. debut and 2nd start of her career in Sunday’s opener. Off at 11/1 in a 9 horse field in this maiden special weight event for soph fillies at ¾ on the turf, she broke extremely slow from the rail and got 15 lengths back of [...]
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Preakness 2023: National Treasure all the way

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Preakness Stakes played out in real time just the way it looked on paper. National Treasure broke smoothly from the inside post, got to the front with relative ease, and held off Blazing Sevens in the lane to win by a head. Kentucky Derby winner Mage was third.  The complexion [...]
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Elm Drive: Exploded When Asked And Opened Up 2 On Favorite (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old filly for Phil D’Amato tried the turf for the 1st time in her 10th career start and really took to the green. Off at 5/1 in a field of 8 older fillies and mares coming down the hill in the ungraded Mizdirection stakes, she broke on top under Vasquez, but then was [...]
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Sakura Flavor (IRE): Bred For Lawn And Can Run All Day (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Paddy Gallagher made her 2nd start this year and 3rd of her young career on Saturday, in a one mile maiden special weight event on the turf for 3 and up. Off at 30/1 in a field of 8, she raced unhurried into the first turn 7 lengths off the [...]
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Crazy Hot: Sensational Debut Moving Quickly To The Lead (Next Upcoming Race: )

Sensational debut for two year old filly trained by Jeff Bonde on Saturday. Off at 9/5 in a field of 7, she broke running under Giovanni Franco in this four and half furlong sprint on the main, and quickly went for the lead into the turn. She had four on the field at the top [...]
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Preakness 2023: First Mission scratch alters pace

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Preakness Stakes lost a major contender when First Mission scratched on Friday morning due to a problem with his left-hind ankle. How does that defection impact the race? Let’s find out.  I wrote an article about the Preakness pace scenario earlier this week and stated that there were only three [...]
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Preakness 2023 Report: Good Magic trifecta?

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Preakness Stakes has eight entrants and sire Good Magic is responsible for three of those runners including Kentucky Derby winner Mage. He also has Perform and Blazing Sevens. Is it possible for all three of those runners to finish in the trifecta? Stranger things have happened.  Good Magic was the [...]
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Preakness 2023 Report: Pace Analysis

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Preakness field is set and Mage is the 8-5 morning line favorite. His biggest hurdle might be the lack of pace in the paper race, and in this report we will take a look at the likely race shape. There are no confirmed front runners in the field so we [...]
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Preakness 2023: Confidence Game, Disarm out

By Jarrod Horak The Preakness 2023 field currently stands at eight after two defections and one addition. Confidence Game is out for trainer Keith Desormeaux. He came out of the Derby with a sore shoulder and will miss the second jewel of the Triple Crown.  In late breaking news, Disarm, most recently seen running fourth [...]
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Delitefull Hart: Put Favorite Away Quickly With a 3 Length Win (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Mike Puype made her debut on Sunday in a maiden special weight sprint at six and a half on the main for 3 and 4 year olds. Off at 8/5 in just a five horse field, she was unlucky to draw the rail, but nonetheless broke well for Mike Smith [...]
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Devil Among Us: 3rd Off The Pace Turning Home But No Way Around (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old colt for Phil D’Amato tried the 1st allowance condition for Cal Breds on Saturday at ¾ on the turf. Off at 2/1 in a field of 9, he broke OK under J.J. and sat third down the back side three off the pace. He had horse turning for home, but the jock [...]
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Neon Lights (IRE): Rallied Strongly Down the Lane And Just Missed By A Head Bob (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old gelding for Steve Knapp made his 3rd career start and 2nd off a layoff on Saturday in this maiden special weight affair for 3 and up at ¾ on the green. Off at 9/1 in a field of 9, he broke well under Pereira and laid 3rd down the back side about [...]
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The 4 Highest Fast Figs Picks The Top 3 Finishers In the 2023 Kentucky Derby

Fast Figs continues to prove it’s consistency in being able to isolate the top contenders even at the highest levels of racing.  In this year’s Kentucky Derby, the top 4 Fast Figs included the top 3 finishers.  Fast Figs takes into account not only the expected speed and performance of a horse but also the [...]
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Preakness 2023 Report: Early Preview

By Jarrod Horak There are currently nine horses under consideration for Preakness 2023, and Kentucky Derby winner Mage is one of them. The lightly raced Good Magic colt came out of his victory on the first Saturday in May in good order. He was a 15-1 longshot last weekend and is expected to be the [...]
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Kentucky Derby 2023 Recap: Mighty Mage

By Jarrod Horak Kentucky Derby 2023 was a crazy race. Five horses scratched late in the week including morning line favorite Forte on the morning of the race. That left a field of 18 and Arkansas Derby hero Angel of Empire was the post time favorite, but Florida Derby runner-up Mage stole the show with [...]
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Kentucky Oaks 2023 Recap: Pretty in pink

By Jarrod Horak Pretty Mischievous held off Gambling Girl’s late bid to capture the 2023 Kentucky Oaks by a diminishing neck. She got lost in the betting shuffle and went off at 10-1. Tyler Gaffalione rode the Into Mischief filly for Brendan Walsh, and she completed her 1 1/8 mile journey in 1:49.77.  There were [...]
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Forte, 2023 Kentucky Derby Morning Line Favorite Is Scratched

The Florida Derby winner and Kentucky Derby morning line favorite Forte was scratched from the race just 10 hours before post time. The four-time Grade 1 winner, was set with a 3-1 morning line following Monday’s draw and was the one to beat in today’s Derby. Forte’s owner Mike Repole said the Kentucky Horse Racing [...]
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Kentucky Derby 2023 Report: A final look

By Jarrod Horak After Kentucky Derby 2023 post positions were drawn on Monday, we had a 20-horse field with a trio of also-eligibles. As I reported yesterday, Practical Move, Lord Miles, and Continuar dropped out of the race, and Cyclone Mischief, Mandarin Hero, and King Russell drew in.  On Friday, word came down that Skinner [...]
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Kentucky Derby 2023 Report: Derby defections

By Jarrod Horak Kentucky Derby 2023 post positions were drawn on Monday, May 1. A total of 23 horses including three also-eligibles threw their hat in the ring, and in a crazy turn of events, all three alternates are now in the race.  Practical Move was the first defection. He spiked a temperature and scratched [...]
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Kentucky Oaks 2023 Report: Top Pick

By Jarrod Horak The Kentucky Oaks 2023 field is set and there have been no changes since post positions were drawn earlier this week. Wet Paint is the deserving morning line favorite. She won the Martha Washington, Honeybee, and Fantasy Stakes from off the pace in her last three starts at Oaklawn. She is fine [...]
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Santa Anita Weekly Recap Along With the Question: Is Mario Gutierrez Asleep In the Saddle?

Week 17 is in the books at Santa Anita Park and the weather continues to be good with most of any rain in the rear view mirror. Management continues to have large cards to try and make up for many of the days that have been lost in the past. Saturday had 12 races and [...]
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Kentucky Derby 2023 Report: It’s Derby week!

By Jarrod Horak Kentucky Derby 2023 post positions will be drawn on Monday, May 1. We are getting close now, and I will be back on Derby week with more reports. Forte is expected to be the morning line favorite. The 2-year-old champion has a strong resume with four Grade 1 wins. He has earned [...]
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Kentucky Oaks 2023 Report: Early Preview

By Jarrod Horak The 2023 Kentucky Oaks is just around the corner and the race is shaping up as a wide open betting affair. Wet Paint is the likely favorite after late running victories in the Martha Washington, Honeybee, and Fantasy Stakes. All of those races were at Oaklawn Park, and she is hoping for [...]
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Blue Dog: Showed A Lot Of Moxie Here With Some Strong Runners (Next Upcoming Race: )

Four year old gelding for Karen Headley showed a lot of moxie in breaking his maiden on Sunday against a strong band of runners. Off at 11/1 in a field of 7, he broke running under Aguilar and dueled for the lead into the clubhouse turn in this mile and a sixteenth venture for open [...]
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Conquest Celsius: Stumbled Badley At The Start And Lost All Chances (Next Upcoming Race: )

Two year old filly for Luis Mendez made her debut on Saturday in the first two year old race of the year at Santa Anita. Bet down late to the 4/5 favorite in a field of just five, she stumbled badly at the start, went to her knees, but Maldonado hung on. The stumble cost [...]
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El Oro (FR): Strong Gallop Out Could Be Competitive Stretching Out (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old gelding, who was invading from Florida for Librado Barocia, surfaced in the 6th on Saturday on the turf at six and a half from the chute for a maiden claiming tag of $50K. Off at 5/1 in a field of 11, he actually had a pretty rough trip for a horse that [...]
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Greenbow: Look For A Winning Spot Soon (Next Upcoming Race: )

Five year old full horse for Richard Mandella tried the starter allowance for non winners twice on Saturday at six and a half on the turf. Off at 7/1 in a field of 10, he was bumped around at the start coming out of the one hole and was last early under Berrios. The jock [...]
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Lady Jae: Forced Wide To Lose Momentum in a Good Run (Next Upcoming Race: February 18, 2024)

Five year old mare for Librado Barocia was in for the 1st allowance condition in the finale on Saturday and deserved a much better fate than what was handed to her. Making her fifth start down the hill in a full field of 12 runners, and off at 14/1, she broke well from the 12 [...]
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Kentucky Derby 2023 Report: Final Countdown

By Jarrod Horak We have reached the end of the Kentucky Derby 2023 points race series, and Todd Pletcher still holds three aces. He has juvenile champ Forte and young upstart Kingsbarns, and Tapit Trice followed up his late running win in the Tampa Bay Derby with a smart stalking score in the Blue Grass [...]
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Virasana: Looks Like Stakes Material (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Peter Eurton made start #2 on Sunday in a maiden special weight event at ¾ on the main. Off at 12/1 in a field of just six, she made the running quickly under Maldonado and engaged early through quick splits of 21.85 and 44.67. She put the other speed away [...]
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Kentucky Oaks 2023 Report: Preps are complete

By Jarrod Horak All of the Kentucky Oaks 2023 points races are in the books and there was plenty of late movement on the points list. Defining Purpose and Promiseher America seemingly came out of nowhere with upset wins in the Ashland and Gazelle, and those late qualifiers knocked some big names out of the [...]
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Acquired Class: Quality Running Improved With Blinkers (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old gelding for Peter Miller made start #3 in Saturday’s finale, a sprint on the turf at six and a half for maiden special weights, all 3 years old. Off at 5/1 in a field of 12, he made the running right from the start under J.J. but had plenty of company on [...]
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Johnny Paycheck: Can Beat This Kind Without Drop (Next Upcoming Race: February 18, 2024)

Four year old gelding for Phil D’Amato tried to break his maiden in his 6th attempt on Friday at a mile on the turf for Cal bred straight maidens. After two late scratches, he was bet down to the even money favorite in a field of just five, but he lost all chance at the [...]
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Pequena Tormenta: She’s a Runner and Can Improve Moving Up (Next Upcoming Race: )

Five year old mare for Jeff Mullins, who hadn’t been out since last June, but had come back with blazing drills, tried six others on Friday in a starter allowance non winners twice at 7 furlongs on the main track. Off at 9/5 and the 2nd choice in the wagering, she broke a step slow [...]
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Stormy’s in Style: More Favorable Pace Could Help Chances (Next Upcoming Race: )

Finally had a clean break and she tracked the two leaders up the backstretch off what seemed to be a fast pace. The filly made her bid entering the stretch and raced evenly to finish 4th. She seems headed in the right direction and a more favorable pace might help her move forward. Next Upcoming [...]
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Tap It Up: Clean Break and Better Placing Can Improve (Next Upcoming Race: )

Made her first start in blinkers and is usually forwardly-placed. However, she was last early and that hasn’t been the place to be sprinting over this turf course. She did make up solid ground around the turn and did get up for 4th. A clean break and a better placing early could help her move [...]
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Handicapping 101 – A Six Step Process

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Second and Reed: Stumbled Entering First Term Can Improve in Next Start (Next Upcoming Race: )

Was pulling on the jock entering the first turn, then got rank around the turn and stumbled nearly losing the rider around the first turn. Understandably, the jock seemed to see if he was OK as he was high in the saddle up the backstretch. The soph didn’t seem any worse for wear as he [...]
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Orange Freeze: Trouble Out of Gate On Fast Track and Couldn’t Catch Up (Next Upcoming Race: )

Made her 2023 debut with first time blinkers and likely lost all chance at the start. She hopped a bit out of the gate, then was bumped on the left two strides out of the gate and then bumped to the right a stride later and was last entering the first turn. The turf course [...]
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Necromancer: Likely Ridden Too Aggressively Here (Next Upcoming Race: )

Broke slowly, but he is a deep closer so that didn’t seem to hurt his chances. The pace helped his chances, though, as he was making up ground around the far turn. However, he wasn’t aggressively ridden in the stretch with little traffic and just ran evenly. D. Davis rode him to a victory in [...]
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Hit the Woah: More Patient Ride Can Only Help (Next Upcoming Race: )

Made her return in a small field and was asked for more early speed than usual as she sat just two lengths behind the leader up the backstretch. She didn’t seem to hit her best stride until right before the wire and a more patient ride might help her chances next time out. Next Upcoming [...]
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Wishing On a Star: If Relaxed Could Have More Run (Next Upcoming Race: )

Was rank once again and a stumble at the break didn’t help. While no match for the winner in the stretch, she did outfinish two others in the stretch to finish a distant 2nd. If able to relax early, she could have more run in the late stages. Next Upcoming Race:     Wishing On [...]
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Ohana Honor: Stuck in Traffic Early Can Improve (Next Upcoming Race: )

Many will likely look at how Equal Protection had nowhere to run in early stretch as the 6/5 favorite, but ‘Honor had a similar trip. He seemed to be spinning his wheels around the far turn, but had to wait behind runners in early stretch and rallied well in tight quarters throughout the rest of [...]
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Dashing Della: A Better Trip And More Experience Can Help (Next Upcoming Race: )

Was asked a tough question in her first start as a winner going from NY-bred $25,000 Maiden-Claimer to NY-bred NW1 Allowance, but didn’t run badly at all. She was in the five path up the backstretch and around the turn and she challenged the leader entering the stretch. The soph couldn’t compete in the late [...]
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First Peace: Returning To Sprints Seems Ideal (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old colt for Mark Glatt might have found his hole card on Sunday when he tried the hill for the 1st time in the John Shear stakes for sophomores. Off at 4/1 in a field of 8 and a race loaded with early speed, he sat 4th early under Mike Smith and was [...]
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Ceiling Crusher: Geared Down In Final Furlong. Lot’s of Options Here. (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Doug O’Neill made start #3 in the Evening Jewel stakes on Saturday for Cal bred soph fillies at six and a half on the main. Off at 3/10 in a field of just five, she broke running under J.J. from the five hole and she sizzled through the opening quarter, [...]
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Window Shopping: Lots of Talent and Could Have Placed Here (Next Upcoming Race: )

Three year old filly for Richard Mandella tried the Grade 2 Santa Anita Oaks in just her 3rd career start on Saturday. Coming off an impressive 16 length win in breaking her maiden, she was sent off at 5/1 in a field of 8 in this mile and a sixteenth race for soph fillies. She [...]
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American Hustle: May Have Needed This One To Improve. (Next Upcoming Race: )

Comebacker just never seemed comfortable while racing along the rail up the backstretch with a tracking trip. He tried to make a run midway around the turn, but lacked a punch in the stretch. The colt may have needed the race as well and maybe a midpack trip with clear sailing will help him move [...]
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Biloxi Blues: Rough Trip and Can Improve. (Next Upcoming Race: )

First time turfer had a rough trip from the start as she was pulled back to near the back out of the gate and then she had a tough time handling the first turn as she pulled on the jock and went a bit wide. She was still under a hold while widest of all [...]
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Victory Way: Forced The Pace While Holding (Next Upcoming Race: )

Second-timer was asked a lot in a Stakes race and hopping and bumping at the break didn’t help. He forced the pace up the backstretch and held his own dueling with two others around the turn along the rail. He tried gamely to go with the eventual winner in the stretch, but tired very late [...]
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Galatrona: Under Stout Hold Up The Backstretch (Next Upcoming Race: )

Comebacking second-timer broke well and was up close out of the gate, but the jock wrestled her back and she was under a stout hold up the backstretch while in midpack. She was a bit rank around the turn as well and never g