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YESTERDAY April 23, 2014
David Jacobson, who has become the dominant trainer on the New York Racing Association circuit, will have a string of horses at Monmouth Park this summer.
Although there is little doubt the big favorite will be Untapable, the supporting cast for the 140th Kentucky Oaks is still taking shape as time dwindles toward entry day on Tuesday.
Anniversary Kitty will be asked to try something new in Saturday’s $250,000 Melair Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita. She will race on dirt for the first time in the race over 1 1/16 miles.
DRF Plus handicapping analysis for Aqueduct on Thursday, April 24.
Delta Downs in Vinton, La., opens a 46-date Quarter Horse meet Friday night, with the Lee Berwick Futurity, a restricted Grade 1 race that last year was worth more than $560,000, again serving as the season’s centerpiece.
Steven Crist, the handicapping expert and publisher emeritus of Daily Racing Form, was released from a Long Island, N.Y., hospital Wednesday, according to family members, 2 1/2 weeks after suffering a major cardiac arrest at home.
Two newcomers to David Jacobson’s barn will square off against two of the trainer’s former runners in Friday’s $71,000 feature going one mile over Aqueduct’s main track.
A new era begins at Santa Anita at 3 p.m. Pacific on Friday. The racetrack will launch its first spring-summer meeting, racing during dates previously held by Hollywood Park, which closed last December.
If we just looked at that race the first Saturday in May as a horse race and not the Kentucky Derby, the 2014 outcome would appear rather obvious.
Santa Anita hopes for a clean start, and Rookie Sensation hopes for a clean trip Friday, opening day of the first spring-summer meet at Santa Anita.