2013 Clark Handicap pits Game on Dude against Will Take Charge

The 2013 Clark Handicap (5:35 ET on Friday) features a tremendous field of nine contenders trying to take down a hefty $500,000 purse. Favored Game on Dude looks to strengthen his bid for Horse of the Year, while Will Take Charge will try to leave no doubt that he is the best sophomore in the […]

2013 Clark Handicap: Game on Dude vs Will Take Charge

2013 Clark Handicap: Game on Dude vs Will Take Charge

Two championship pictures will be impacted by the outcome of the 2013 Clark Handicap. First, Game on Dude will try to add fourth Grade 1 win to his collection, while pushing for Horse of the Year honors. Second, Will Take Charge will try to leave no doubt in the minds of voters about who was […]

Golden Ticket will win Awesome Again Stakes

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2013 Stephen Foster Handicap betting preview

2013 Stephen Foster Handicap Picks

The Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap is the most prestigious race that takes place each year at Churchill Downs that is not called the Kentucky Derby. This year’s field includes last year’s winner, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and oddly enough neither is the favorite. Let’s break down the field. GOLDEN TICKET (SPEIGHTSTOWN x […]

2012 Hollywood Derby betting, picks & tips

2012 Hollywood Derby betting, picks & odds

The GRADE 1 HOLLYWOOD DERBY is the penultimate Grade 1 race of the year for three-year-olds. The 1 ¼ miles turf race has attracted a strong field of 14 contestants. This is a strong handicapping challenge for racing fans. Let’s break it down! BIG BANE THEORY comes to this race with little experience. He has […]

Alpha & Golden Ticket renew rivalry in Pennsylvania Derby

The Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby is proving to be a key race each year, thanks in large part to its $1 million purse. Hosted by Parx Racing, it will go forward as race 11 at 6:16 EST. A marquee field of eight has gathered, including Travers dead heat winners Alpha and Golden Ticket. Stephanoatsee (A.P. […]

2012 Travers Stakes betting preview

The Midsummer Derby, better known as the Travers Stakes, boasts a purse of $1 million. The 1 ¼ miles race has what appears to be a depleted field after the defections of Bodemeister, Hansen, Union Rags and Paynter. Nonetheless, 11 stalwarts of the three-year-old division are ready to stake their claim to the throne. Speightscity […]

Castaway seeks Kentucky Derby ticket in Grade 3 Lexington Stakes


The $200k Grade 3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes from Keeneland will have an impact on the Triple Crown races of 2012. The only question is this; will the 8 ½ furlong race influence the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes? Castaway (Street Sense x Priceless Storm by Storm Cat) appears to be the only horse with a […]

The Daily Derby News Blitz – April 17, 2012

Rousing Sermon could be Derby bound

It appears that spots in the Kentucky Derby starting gate have opened up for both Rousing Sermon and Mark Valeski, who had been sitting at number 21 and 22 on the graded stakes earnings list.  The announcement that two possible contenders, Trinniberg and Wrote (IRE), are not going to contest the Run For The Roses […]

The Daily Derby News Blitz – April 10, 2012


Owner Kendall Hansen told Blood-Horse that the decision to ride his namesake, Hansen, over Alpha will be a “no brainer” for jockey Ramon Dominguez. Alpha was last seen finishing a troubled second in the Wood Memorial. Hansen will be racing as the favorite in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday. He is reportedly […]