West Coast Sparkles in Pennsylvania Derby, It Tiz Well Takes Cotillion

(By Tom Pedulla, America’s Best Racing). BENSALEM, Pa. – Turn the page. That is what all great jockeys must do when something goes amiss, and that is exactly what Hall of Famer Mike Smith did at Parx Racing on Saturday. After making what he admitted was a costly middle move with Abel Tasman in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes, Smith immediately […]

Allied Forces Tops Sunday Card with Pick 6 Carryover

Horseplayers will be greeted with a two-day Pick 6 carryover of $104,773 for Sunday’s live racing program at Belmont Park. The multi-race wager begins in Race 5 with an approximate post time of 3:36 p.m. ET and will feature the $100,000 Allied Forces, carded for Race 8. No favorites won during Saturday’s Pick 6 sequence. […]

Belmont Park Opens Friday With Christiecat

Belmont Park Race Track

Belmont Park’s Fall Championship Meet will feature six Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifiers held over two outstanding weekends of thoroughbred racing. In all, 42 stakes worth more than $10.1 million and fan-friendly activities are among the highlights as live racing returns to downstate New York for Belmont’s 38-day meet, which runs from Friday, […]

Gun Runner Puts in Final Breeze Before Woodward at Saratoga

Multiple graded stakes winner Gun Runner put in his final breeze Monday morning before Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles. The 4-year-old son of Candy Ride worked four furlongs in 50.16 seconds on the Oklahoma training track with exercise rider Angel Garcia aboard, which Hall of Fame trainer […]

Lady Eli Much the Best in Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa

Making her final start at Saratoga Race Course – nearly a year following last summer’s miraculous return from a life-threatening bout with laminitis – Lady Eli put an exclamation point on a spectacular Travers Day program with her thrilling come-from-behind victory in the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa on Saturday. The 29th running […]

Triple Crown Race Winners All Pointing Toward Travers at Saratoga

For the first time since 1982, we have had three separate winners of the Triple Crown races and they all likely will meet up in the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 26. Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming and Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Tapwrit are already committed to the race, and trainer Chad […]

Arrogate Tops Field in Saturday’s TVG Pacific Classic

Arrogate, the North American earnings champion with something to prove at Del Mar, will get a chance to do just that this Saturday when he heads a field of eight horses in the $1-million TVG Pacific Classic. The gray by Unbridled’s Song was assigned Post 8 at a special “Draw Party” Tuesday evening at the […]

Haskell Winner Girvin Puts in Maintenance Half for Travers

Brad Grady’s Grade 1 Haskell winner Girvin turned in his penultimate work for the Grade 1 Travers, breezing four furlongs in 50.45 seconds over the Oklahoma training track soon after the track opened at 5:30 a.m. Saturday. With trainer Joe Sharp aboard for the move, the 3-year-old Tale of Ekati colt went the first quarter-mile […]

Gunnevera Pointing to Travers While Classic Empire is Out

Gunnevera’s five-length victory in Sunday’s Tangelo at Gulfstream Park will point him to the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers presented by NYRA Bets on August 26, trainer Antonio Sano said by phone Monday. The Fountain of Youth winner came out of the race in good order and will remain in Florida until later this month. […]

Gun Runner Rolls in Whitney at Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.(By Tom Pedulla: Americas Best Racing) – Gun Runner gave every indication he is narrowing the gap on Arrogate when he captured the $1.2 million Whitney Stakes by an emphatic 5 ¼ lengths on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. When Steve Asmussen was asked if Gun Runner might have surpassed Arrogate in the eyes of some of those who vote in the National Thoroughbred […]