What this week lacks in quantity of big races, it makes up with in quality. There are no Kentucky Derby preps, at least none that provide points toward the Derby Standings. Gulfstream Park and Fairgrounds both are void of any graded races.
But, that being said, there are a couple of tantalizing cards that will give you plenty of chances to play. Tampa Bay is serving up a three stakes afternoon, two of those are graded. Santa Anita has a trio of graded stakes races including a key prep for the Kentucky Oaks.
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Catalina Red, winner of back-to-back stakes races, heads up the field in the G3 Sam Davis.
Promise and potential will take a back seat to performance late Saturday afternoon when 12 3-year-olds line up to face the starter in the 35th edition of the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, the main event on Tampa Bay Downs’ Festival Preview Day.
Saturday’s powerhouse program also includes the 16th running of the Grade III, $150,000 Endeavour Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the turf, and the 35th renewal of the $100,000 Suncoast Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at a mile-and-40-yards on the dirt.
At least one horse from the Sam F. Davis has competed in the Kentucky Derby in 10 of the last 11 years. And although Catalina Red is the only stakes winner among the entrants, it’s too early to dismiss any as unworthy of the attempt.
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Big Macher hopes to be in the same position Saturday in the G2 Palos Verdes as he was in the Cary Grant at Del Mar last November. Benoit Photo
Grade I winner Big Macher heads a field of strong sprint contenders in Saturday’s Gr. II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes at 6 furlongs. Graded stakes winners Distinctiv Passion, Wild Dude and 2013 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle help round out competitive field of six older horses.
A winner of the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar July 27 and most recently the Carey Grant Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 23, Big Macher was entered in the California Cup Sprint Stakes Jan. 24, but was reportedly scratched after drawing the rail in the 6 furlong sprint for Cal-breds.
The 5-year-old gelding by Beau Genius had a final tune-up for the Palos Verdes Sunday morning instead with jockey Tyler Baze aboard. He worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 and will retain the services of… Read the rest of this entry >>
Palace Malice suffers a minor setback in his return
Palace Malice threw a shoe while training Wednesday, resulting in a bruise in the sole of his foot. Therefore, he did not train Thursday morning and will not breeze Friday morning as originally planned. In addition, plans to ship the son of Curlin to Palm Beach Downs and Todd Pletcher’s barn Sunday have also been scratched.
Dogwood Stable’s president, Cot Campbell said when the bruise has dissipated, Palace Malice will resume training and will either have another breeze in Aiken and then ship to Florida, or he will leave once he’s sound.
Campbell said Palace Malice will still target a five-stake 2015 campaign, starting with the Grade 3 Westchester Stakes in May. The hero of the… Read the rest of this entry >>
Aqueduct re-opens today with extra small fields again
By Jim Charvat
The good news is the horses are racing again at Aqueduct after numerous cancelations due to the weather. The bad news is, there are not that many of them running.
An error by the racing office, allowing horses that had raced within the past 14-days to enter Thursday’s races, has led to multiple scratches leading to depleted fields. Eleven horses had to be scratched because they were in violation of the new rule prohibiting horses to run within 15-days of their last race, a resolution enacted last… Read the rest of this entry >>
A trip to Las Vegas can be a journey into heaven on earth for a horse player…or a nightmare if you end up at the wrong Race and Sports Book.
You can spend the day sitting in a comfortable chair, having drinks brought to you, while watching and wagering on the horse races across the country. Or you can get stuck in a dingy place, sitting on a bar stool with your throat parched because you haven’t seen a waitress in two hours.
So sdhorserace.com has compiled our list of the best sports books in Las Vegas. The criteria is simple. We are looking for friendly people to serve us. Read the rest of this entry >>
Lake Sebago highlights the first of two $100,000 stakes at Laurel Park Thursday
Two $100,000 stakes which could have been lost from this year’s schedule when racing was cancelled last Saturday will be brought back on Thursday’s program at Laurel Park. The ten race card will be highlighted by the Marshua and Frank Whiteley, Jr. Stakes, which will go as races eight and nine on the program. Both are for 3-year olds.
Eloquent Tribute is the 8-5 morning line choice in the Marshua, which features eight fillies. The daughter of Tapit broke her maiden earlier this month with an impressive 86 Beyer Speed figure after trainer Rudy Rodriguez added blinkers. Pimentel will be aboard for the first time.
Lake Sebago (5-2) is looking for her third consecutive stakes score after winning the Smart Halo (Nov. 15) and… Read the rest of this entry >>
Toast of New York (middle) is the future book favorite for the Dubai World Cup in March
By Jim Charvat
If you are so inclined, future wagering is now available for the Dubai World Cup on March 28th.
The British-based bookmaker, Coral, has made last year’s Dubai Derby winner and runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Toast of New York, the favorite at 5-1 followed by the other two horses he finished with in the three-way blanket finish last November, Bayern and California Chrome at 8-1.
Bob Baffert has indicated he would like to run his Breeders’ Cup Classic winner in the World Cup, but recent foot problems have left Bayern’s future up in the air for now. Baffert has won the world’s richest race twice before with Silver Charm (1998) and… Read the rest of this entry >>
Barbados will be sidelined for a couple of months with a minor knee fracture
One of the most intriguing prospects on this early portion of the Kentucky Derby trail will be sidelined for the next couple of months and will miss the Run For the Roses on the May 2nd. Barbados, a good looking son of Speightstown, will undergo minor knee surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Medical Center in Kentucky next Tuesday.
Trainer Mike Tomlinson told DRF.com Barbados “never took as much as an unsound step” but they discovered heat on the joint, took a picture and there it was, a tiny fracture that Tomlinson called a non-displaced fracture in the outer, upper portion of colt’s left knee.
Tomlinson said the injury was “in no way” career threatening and he hopes to have his promising colt back in training by early May. Barbados will be turned out at WinStar Farm for 60-to-90 days and if all goes… Read the rest of this entry >>
Bob Neumeier has steadily improved from the effects of a stroke just three months ago.
Broadcaster Bob Neumeier showed just how much he has improved from a severe stroke he suffered back in October with a popular victory in the National Handicapping Championship Charity Challenge. The event was run concurrent with the actual championship of handicappers at the Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Neumeier finished with a mythical bankroll of $65, clinching the victory on the last race of the challenge. He hit Presidentsky in the 9th race at Golden Gate Fields for $13.20 to vault him past DRF’s Mike Watchmaker who finished with $62.40.
The $5000 first prize went to the Old Friends Farm in Kentucky which takes care of retired thoroughbreds. Read the rest of this entry >>
This picture by Coady Photography appears to show a device in Chapa’s hand during a race. Chapa says it was photoshopped
By Jim Charvat
Roman Chapa is facing felony charges in connection with accusations that he carried an electrical device, or ‘buzzer’, during a race at Sam Houston earlier this month.
KPRC-TV in Houston is reporting that Chapa has been charged with “unlawful influence on racing.” They report that the investigation and scrutiny into a picture, appearing to show a device resembling a ‘buzzer’ in Chapa’s hand, began shortly after Chapa approached the photographer and demanded the picture be removed from the racetrack web site. Read the rest of this entry >>
By Jim Charvat
A very impressive run by Upstart in last weekend’s, G2 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park vaulted the colt into the top 5 in this week’s Kentucky Derby Point Standings. The Rick Violette-trainee coasted to an 5 1/2 length victory and moved into 3rd place behind El Kabeir and International Star.
Frosted used the four points for his runner-up finish in the Holy Bull and combined them with the 4-points he got for his runner-up finish in the Remsen to separate himself from the pack of horses with 4-points and strengthen his spot in the starting gate.
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