Tag Archives: Michael McCarthy

Kentucky Derby 2024 Update (3-26-24)

By Jarrod Horak The Louisiana Derby and Jeff Ruby Steaks were the latest road to Kentucky Derby 2024 points races on Saturday, March 23. In this article, I will look back at those events and update my “Exceptional 11” Kentucky Derby contenders. The Grade 1 Florida Derby, Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, and Grade 2 UAE […]

Queen of Naples: Good Debut For Daughter of Hard Spun

Four year old filly for Mike McCarthy made her debut on Saturday in a maiden special weight at ¾ on the main, 3 and up. Off at 9/1 in a field of six, she broke OK but didn’t have much speed and was fifth in the early going. She started to rally on the outside […]

Jeff Ruby Steaks 2024 Picks

By Jarrod Horak The road to Kentucky Derby 2024 continues at Turfway Park on Saturday, March 23, and I have included Jeff Ruby Steaks 2024 picks below. The Grade 3 event for 3-year-olds has a $700,000 purse and the full field of entrants will be journeying 1 1/8 miles on the all-weather track. The Jeff […]

Logan’s Red Falcon: Fine Debut for Son of Practical Joke Who is Bred To Win Early

Four year old gelding for Mike McCarthy made his debut on Saturday in a maiden special weight at ¾ on the lawn on a course rated as good. Off at 5/1 in a field of 7, he was bumped at the start to be away a bit awkward, then was hustled up to contend for […]

Mystic Flyer: Superb Effort and His 2nd In a Row Coming Off Turf

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 […]

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 […]

Barbara T: Daughter of Army Mule Will Be Hard To Beat In Next Start

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 […]

Escape Artist: Quick Opened Up 3 At 1/8 Pole for Win By 5 | Upcoming Race:Keeneland April 19, 2024

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 […]

Seven Charms: Should Be Ready In 3rd Off Layoff

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 […]

Procrastination: Good Enough For This Condition Turf or Dirt

Three year old filly for Mike McCarthy tried the turf for the 1st time in her four race career in Saturday’s opener and handled it just fine. Off at 2/1 in a field of just five for the 1st allowance condition at ¾ on the sod, she was away OK from the gate and sat […]