Category Archives: Stakes Review

Rating the Preps

I had a random thought driving in to work this morning. In a year that has been considered a very strong year of Derby preps… At this point last year, Mohaymen had highest @TimeformUS Speed Figure in Derby points race … Continue reading

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Derby Prep Review – Gotham Stakes (G3)

Back in New Jersey after a fun weekend down at Gulfstream. Let’s review two interesting Derby prep races from over the weekend, the Gotham at Aqueduct in this post and the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream in our next post. … Continue reading

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Derby Prep Review – Risen Star Stakes (G2)

Girvin sprung the upset on Saturday, tripping out perfectly to win the Risen Star at Fair Grounds and earn 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points along the way for trainer Joe Sharp. You can find the video here, though we’re unable to … Continue reading

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Derby Prep Review – Southwest Stakes

One Liner delivered a zinger (hey now) in the Southwest Stakes on Monday at Oaklawn Park, drawing off to win by 3.5 lengths over Petrov (and 12 lengths over the 3rd place finisher). Stretching out off a six furlong allowance win … Continue reading

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Derby Prep Review – Sam F Davis Stakes

Tampa Bay Downs joined the Derby trail this week, hosting the Sam F. Davis Stakes, won by the impressive McCraken. Here is our preview from the race, in which we spelled McCraken incorrectly, a mistake that should not be made, … Continue reading

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Derby Prep Review – Holy Bull, Withers, Lewis

Saturday was a big day on the Derby Trail, with three different points races, the Holy Bull at Gulfstream, the Withers at Aqueduct, and the Lewis at Santa Anita. We saw some very good performances, some pretty good performances, and … Continue reading

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Trip Notes – January 28

Welcome to our first Trip Notes post. This is going to be an early-week feature of the site in the weeks ahead as we look back at some notable races from the week prior. Many will be stakes races, but many will not … Continue reading

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Derby Trail Stakes Review – LeComte (G3)

Guest Suite took the LeComte Stakes (G3) on Saturday at Fair Grounds, the first race on the road to the Louisiana Derby in March. The race featured a strong pace that was coming apart late, and didn’t come back especially … Continue reading

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Derby Prep Review: Smarty Jones

A very promising three-year old burst onto the scene on Monday at Oaklawn Park as Uncontested dominated the one-mile Smarty Jones for trainer Wayne Catalano. Uncontested came to Oaklawn after a solid fourth place finish in the Kentucky Jockey Club … Continue reading

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