Handicapping & Race Analysis

November 15, 2014
Michael McCarthy sent out No Problem for a 17-1 upset victory in the $100,750 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar, giving the trainer his first stakes win since leaving as an assistant to Todd Pletcher and returning to his native Southern California.
Under a hard drive for nearly a quarter-mile from jockey Rafael Hernandez, Coalport finally shrugged off several challengers, edging clear of 21-1 shot Yankee Dealer to win the Buck's Boy Handicap at Hawthorne by a neck.
Leading jockey Russell Baze, who had three wins and a third from his first four mounts, was injured prior to Saturday’s sixth race at Golden Gate Fields when Private Joke tossed his head back and struck Baze above his left eye.
Outside Nashville ($18.20), whose first stakes victory came at Golden Gate Fields as a 2-year-old, made his first start since March 15 and since being gelding a winning one as he pulled away from a strong field with an impressive stretch run Saturday ...
The surging Omar staked his claim as the top sprinter on the grounds as the 5-year-old gelding captured Saturday’s $35,000 Caballos del Sol at Turf Paradise.
One came on the lead, and the other came from well off the pace when jockey Julien Leparoux swept both ends of the twin turf stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Galina Point ($3.30) made her first start around two turns a winning one under Patrick Husbands in the $125,400 South Ocean Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday.
Zee Bros, at 29-1 the longest shot on the board, won the Frank De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park by 2 3/4 lengths.
Dynamic Sky, winless in five graded stakes at Woodbine this year, broke through for his first career victory on the grass in Saturday’s 55th running of the $250,000 Red Smith Handicap, the final graded turf stakes of the season in New York.
In Tuesday’s $46,000 feature at Parx Racing, Acquant will try to prove her big win in her dirt debut was no fluke when she takes the next logical step up the class ladder in a second-level optional $25,000 claimer for fillies and mares going a mile and ...