Archive for March 2019

2019 Florida Derby and Gulfstream Park Oaks Preview

The Florida Derby, particularly, has long been a top-flight Kentucky Derby prep.  Its importance has been as strong as ever in recent years.  In the six editions of the Kentucky Derby since the points system started, three Florida Derby winners have earned the roses a month later, and as usual several of this year’s top contenders... Read more »

2019 Louisiana Derby and Fair Grounds Oaks Preview

Saturday at Fair Grounds, the highest-stakes round of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks preps begin.  The Louisiana spurs of the three-year-old trails draw to a close with the Fair Grounds Oaks and the Louisiana Derby: 100-point races for the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby, respectively.  Even the 40 points afforded the second-place finishers have... Read more »

2019 Rebel Stakes Preview

Oaklawn’s spur of the Derby trail continues this Saturday with the Rebel Stakes. Originally slated as a race with a $1,000,000 purse and Kentucky Derby points allotted 50-20-10-5 to its top four finishers, the number of horses pointed to the Rebel mushroomed after the San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita was cancelled.  In response, Oaklawn... Read more »

2019 Jeff Ruby Steaks and Bourbonette Oaks Preview

This week, Picks and Ponderings turns its eyes toward Florence, y’all.  Turfway’s card on Saturday features a pair of three-year-old points races, the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) (previously the Spiral Stakes) for open company and the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (G3) for fillies.  Both races offer 20-8-4-2 points to its top four finishers, good for the Kentucky Derby... Read more »