Handicapping & Race Analysis

May 17, 2017
Don Munger, who bred, owned, and trained horses in Washington state for more than seven decades, died of congestive heart failure Monday. He was 93. His assistant trainer, Niccolo Troiani,will take over the training of his stable.
It will be a busy Friday afternoon at Belmont Park for the Christophe Clement stable. Clement has eight runners entered in six different races Friday, including two each in the highest-class races on the card, the third and the eighth.
Despite doubling his claiming price after a runner-up finish as the favorite in a $7,500 conditional claimer in his last race, First Thought looks dangerous in Friday's feature at Emerald Downs.
For a guy who hasn't spent much time here over the years, Todd Pletcher sure is making up for it as he approaches the Preakness Stakes on Saturday with Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming.
Questions abound regarding the 11 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico on Friday, and determining who will have the right race-day answer is no easy assignment.
Nevaeh's Valentine fits best among the nine runners in Friday's Woodbine headliner, a non-winners-of-three combo route for Ontario-sired stock and $40,000 claimers. Only his readiness off a winter layoff is in question.
Bellamentary's comeback has been delayed at least once in recent weeks, and will finally occur in a third-level optional $75,000 claimer at a mile on turf in Friday's first race at Santa Anita.
This year's Pimlico Special, a Grade 3 race worth $300,000, drew a field of 10 led by Shaman Ghost, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in his most recent start and the runner-up to the mighty Arrogate in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World ...
Arapahoe Park in Aurora, Colo., will open its 39-date mixed meet Friday with a new qualifying schedule for its richest stakes for Quarter Horses, a new racing secretary in Hank Demoney, and a new stakes for Thoroughbreds. The season will run through ...
After barnstorming the country a bit earlier this month, hauling a two-horse rig to Churchill Downs to run a couple of fillies on Kentucky Oaks Day, including his top 3-year-old Florida Fabulous, trainer David Fawkes is finally back home at Gulfstream ...