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April 20, 2016
Derick Giwner's analysis of the Friday 4/22 card at The Meadowlands.
A full field of 10, plus one also-eligible, has been entered for the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic on Saturday. There are six stakes on the Classic undercard.
After easily surpassing the guaranteed mark of $75,000 for its late pick four last weekend, Golden Gate Fields has raised the guaranteed pool on the wager to $100,000 for the next two weekends.
Garnet Barnsdale's analysis of the Friday 4/22 card at Mohawk Racetrack.
Brewster Smith's analysis of the Friday 4/22 card at Yonkers Raceway.
Trainer Blaine Wright is off to a hot start at Emerald Downs, winning with three of his first four starters. He has a good chance of keeping his hot streak going when he runs Luck Out in a $20,000 claiming race Friday.
Highland Sky, runner-up in the Cutler Bay Stakes here in his seasonal debut, and Unbridled Daddy, a sharp allowance winner in his seasonal debut, top a field of nine 3-year-olds entered for Saturday's $100,000 Woodhaven Stakes at a mile on the turf.
Through the first 110 days of 2016, Jose Ortiz leads the nation in races won (112) and purse-money won ($5,260,264), and he's on an incredible run at the Aqueduct spring meet. But that wasn't enough to secure a contending Kentucky Derby mount.
Effinex returned to New York a few days after he won the Oaklawn Park Handicap last Saturday, but he will likely be hitting the road again for his next start. Effinex is targeting the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 18 at Churchill Downs.
Kaigun and Twilight Eclipse head a field of eight older horses entered in the $250,000 Elkhorn Stakes, a Grade 2 turf race to be run Saturday at 1 1/2 miles.