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Race of the Week – Belmont Stakes

The rite of spring for three year old thoroughbreds meets its conclusion this Saturday in the Belmont Stakes. With two strong Triple Crown victories in the books, one would think the winners would scare more runners off – not the case. A nearly capacity gate of fourteen is lined up for the final leg of […]

Race of the Week – $500,000 Penn Mile

Penn National’s introducing a new stakes race this year. It may look familiar to those of us at Canterbury due to the conditions – A rich purse attached to a middle-distance turf race for three year olds. Hmmmmm… The Penn Mile is a similar oasis to the Mystic Lake Derby – An alternative to the […]

2013 Kentucky Oaks Preview

It’s been a fun spring in Chicago, but it’s good to be home. Derby week has come! The Kentucky Oaks field intrigues me even more than the Derby, and with the run for the lilies just a day away let’s glance at the field: Silsita – Pletcher’s loaded hand comes into play immediately with the […]

Road to Kentucky & A Trip (Not that Far) South

The Road to Kentucky passed through Fair Grounds last week. There was plenty of chalk for sure but two winners jumped up at huge prices. Race 2 featured a $99 winner and the double-point Risen Star saw the 135 to 1 Ive Struck a Nerve get up by a nose…. a cap horse worth 2400 points. […]

Road to Kentucky & Oscar Odds

The Road to Kentucky Handicapping contest continues this week with races from the Fair Grounds plus an additional bonus race – The Fountain of Youth from Gulfstream. Post time and entry deadline is 12:30pm. We called on racing analyst Angela Hermann for her thoughts on the Derby prep races. Angela is currently serving as analyst at […]