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 Clark Handicap betting & picks

Shackleford Clark Handicap picks & betting

The CLARK HANDICAP from Churchill Downs has been upgraded to Grade  1 status on the strength of its recent winners. Horses like Saint Liam, Einstein, Blame and Wise Dan have strengthened the reputation of the 9 furlongs race. This year’s race will go forward at 5:35 ET on Friday. POOL PLAY enters this race after […]

The Daily Derby News Blitz – May 4, 2012

Javier Castellano, shown here giving Gemologist a kiss, was involved in a spill at Churchill today

  Welcome to the final installment of the 2012 Daily Derby News Blitz.  It has been a fun pre-Derby season, with many talented colts graduating from major races all across the United States set to converge in Louisville tomorrow. The Derby boys will have to wait though, because today was all about the ladies.  The […]

The Daily Derby News Blitz – May 3, 2012

Hansen prepares for the 138th Kentucky Derby

As with many things, in horseracing no news is good news.  That is especially the case in the two days between the drawing of post positions and Kentucky Derby day.  Usually, if a major headline appears during one of those days, it is because a horse has been injured or has become ill and will […]

The Daily Derby News Blitz – May 2, 2012

derby gate break

The field has officially been set for the 138th Kentucky Derby!  At Churchill Downs today, the post positions for the 20 Derby entrants (as well as one also-eligible runner) were drawn in front of their connections, who cringed or applauded at the various outcomes.  Post positions can be a huge factor in the success of […]

The Daily Derby News Blitz – May 1, 2012

Mark Valeski is officially out of Derby consideration

  The first day of May is an exciting one if you’re a fan of horseracing, because you know the first Saturday in May can’t be far off.  The 138th Kentucky Derby is only four days away!  Tomorrow the field will be set. The big news of the day is that Mark Valeski‘s connections decided the […]

The Daily Derby News Blitz – April 28, 2012

After a very slow day of Kentucky Derby news, April 28 has presented us with a bevy of excellent information. Let’s break it down! It was works galore at Churchill Downs. The best move the of day goes to Grade 3 Spiral Stakes victor Went The Day Well. Campaigned by the same connections as Animal […]

The Daily Derby News Blitz – April 26, 2012

  Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy drilled five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 B at Palm Meadows in Florida. Trainer Patrick Byrne gushed about how easy the move was and says colt is 100% prepared to Run for the Roses. Prior to last year, jockey Calvin Borel had won 3 of the last 4 editions […]

The Daily Derby News Blitz – April 19, 2012

Today was a busy yet sad day on our road to Churchill Downs.  A very major contender is officially off the Derby Trail.  Bob Baffert’s charge Secret Circle, who most recently finished 2nd to Bodemeister in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, will be out for up to four months with a sesamoid injury.  Mike Pegram, […]

The Daily Derby News Blitz – April 2, 2012

The dust is settling after a weekend full of upsets.  The good news is that most of the contenders seem to have come out of their races in good order.  Union Rags, Take Charge Indy, and Reveron all came back to the barn fine after Saturday’s Grade 1 Florida Derby and the trio will be […]