Handicapping & Race Analysis

April 09, 2015
The graded stakes experience Hillbilly Royalty brings into the $100,000 Northern Spur on Saturday at Oaklawn Park could give him a slight class edge over a competitive field of 3-year-olds.
A pair of overnight stakes on the turf were expected to share the limelight on Saturday’s 10 race program at Gulfstream Park. But when both those races failed to fill, the spotlight shifted to a field of seven 4-year-old and up optional-claiming ...
NBC and its sister network NBC Sports will televise 18 graded stakes races this summer and fall in 10 telecasts as part of its coverage of prep races guaranteeing spots in the Breeders’ Cup event, the network and the Breeders’ Cup announced on Thursday.
So instead of taking a relatively short price on one of the three favorites, why not look for a price on a horse who figures to be in front early in the Top Flight at Aqueduct on Saturday?
Living the Life will sprint on turf for the first time in Saturday’s $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita.
Uncoupled stablemates African Rose and Belleofthebeach, who have split two close decisions since December, will clash again in Saturday’s $50,000 Czaria Handicap at Sunland Park. The six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares drew a field of seven.
Protonico was eased in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap as the 5-1 third choice, which came as an unpleasant surprise to Todd Pletcher. On the flip side, Pletcher welcomed the news afterward that nothing was amiss with the colt.
Prospect Park, who finished a dull fourth in the Santa Anita Derby last Saturday, is off the Kentucky Derby trail after being found to have a high white blood cell count, trainer Cliff Sise Jr. said on Thursday.
Sahara Sky is now 7, and when he starts in Saturday’s $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita, he will be racing for the first time since a sixth-place finish in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Stakes in June.
When the Jenny Wiley was run over the Keeneland turf last spring, the proverbial blanket could have covered the first five finishers. Less than a length separated them as they lined up across the wire. No one would be surprised if something similar ...