Archive for January 2019

Pegasus World Cup and Pegasus World Cup Turf Preview, and Saturday Gulfstream Stakes Selections

For the two years since its inception, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational has been the world’s richest horse race, with a $12 million purse in 2017 and $16 million the year later.  Both times, the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner has come back triumphant in South Florida: Arrogate won the inaugural running, and Gun Runner... Read more »

2019 Lecomte S. and Silverbulletday S. Preview

This week the Derby trail and the Oaks trails wind through New Orleans.  For the Oaks-bound, Saturday’s card features the $150,000 Silverbulletday stakes at a mile and seventy yards on dirt. One race later, Louisiana’s spur of the Derby trail begins with the Lecomte Stakes (G3), a $200,000 race over the same mile and seventy... Read more »

Hawthorne Closing Day, 1.12.19: Full-Card Picks and Analysis

Even though the Hawthorne Thoroughbred meet ran two weeks longer than usual, even such good things must inevitably end.  Saturday, January 12 marks the final day of the fall meet.  Unlike last winter there will be no harness meet through January and February; Thoroughbred horses who stay in town will still be allowed to stable... Read more »

2019 Sham Stakes Preview

Arlington Park has a Grade 1 turf race named after the hero of the 1973 Triple Crown series.  Santa Anita, on the other hand, has a Grade 3 dirt race — an early-stage Derby prep — named after that year’s perpetual bridesmaid.  Perhaps if Sham were born in any other year, his name would be nestled... Read more »