LeComte Stakes Draws 15 Entries

Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand The first Kentucky Derby prep race of the season in Louisiana will be held on January 16th, that being the $200,000 LeComte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds. The one-mile and seventy-yard race, which offers a total … Continued

Smarty Jones Stakes Contenders Post Workouts

During the final days of 2015, several contenders for the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes turned in workouts at Oaklawn Park as they gear up for the first Kentucky Derby prep race of the Oaklawn meet. The most prominent worker was Discreetness, winner … Continued

Weekend Recap Part 3: Airoforce, Mohaymen Enhance Derby Credentials

Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photos This is the third part of my massive Weekend Recap analyzing the results of the U.S. racing action during Thanksgiving weekend. Today’s recap will focus on the results of the “Stars of Tomorrow” card at Churchill Downs, as … Continued

Diamonds in the Rough: October 12, 2015

On October 11th, a pair of intriguing maiden special weight races for 2yos were held at Keeneland, and it appears likely that the winners could be bound for Kentucky Derby prep races in the near future. Let’s take a quick look … Continued

Take Charge Brandi Emerges from Test Stakes in Good Shape

Breeders’ Cup Photo © According to a report on the Oaklawn Park website, 2014 Eclipse champion 2yo filly Take Charge Brandi came out of her last-place finish in the August 8th Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga in good shape. Coming off of … Continued

Mr. Z Will Run in the Ohio Derby

The tough-as-nails three-year-old colt Mr. Z, who most recently finished fifth in the May 16th Preakness Stakes (gr. I), is scheduled to start in the $500,000 Ohio Derby on June 20th at Thistledown. According to a news report on the Churchill Downs website, … Continued

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