Handicapping & Race Analysis

YESTERDAY October 21, 2017
Maryland native Nik Juarez had a successful homecoming at Laurel Park on Saturday, winning three of the seven stakes on Maryland Million Day, topped off by Bonus Points' rallying victory in the $150,000 Classic.
Charlton Baker believes that, when healthy, Verdant Pastures “is a special filly.” On Saturday at Belmont Park, she turned back a pace challenge from 41-1 longshot Might Be to win the Empire Distaff by two lengths.
A pair of California girls did battle in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland, with Miss Sunset scoring a half-length victory over a game Chalon.
Jockey Mario Gutierrez was full of praise for B Squared after the 3-year-old colt rallied in the final furlong to win Saturday’s $100,690 California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita.
In a field of fillies looking for a breakthrough, it was Pure Justice who rolled to a 6 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $75,000 Emerald Necklace Stakes for Ohio-accredited 2-year-old fillies at Thistledown.
Spartianos prevailed in a blanket finish to the Maryland Million Turf on Saturday at Laurel Park, while one race later Mysistersledge flew up the rail in the Maryland Million Ladies and got her nose in front at the wire.
Mr Havercamp dominated older Ontario-sired opposition in Saturday’s $125,000 Bunty Lawless Stakes at Woodbine, winning the one-mile turf route by 7 1/2 lengths under Eurico Da Silva.
Black Tide used his abundant speed to his best advantage Saturday in the $200,000 Mohawk at Belmont Park, leading at every call before holding off the odds-on Offering Plan to register his first stakes win in 34 career starts.
Ostrolenka, under Joe Bravo, chased pace-setting Eye Luv Lulu for the last half-mile before passing him late to win the $150,000 Hudson Handicap by a neck on New York Showcase Day.