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Personal Ensign (far left) runs down Kentucky Derby champ Winning Colors to cap an undefeated career.

Travers Undercard Offers Great Betting Value

Deep Distaff Division Showcased in Personal Ensign Usually as the summer racing season winds down and the industry refocuses on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in the fall, the distaff Division ends up feeling like the evil red-headed step child. Rightly so, the Classic division garners much of the attention and support mostly because their […]

Awesome Again next race for California Chrome

DEL MAR, Calif. – California Chrome has recovered rapidly from his impressive win in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 20 and is likely to start in the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 1, trainer Art Sherman said on Friday.

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The Barre is Set High in the Ballerina

“Win & You’re In” is the case for the Grade I Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga this Saturday.  This race has major implications on how the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint field will start shaping up.  While Spelling Again has already punched her ticket with a win in the Princess Rooney at Gulfstream back in July, this […]

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FREE Race Report Cards for Friday, Saturday & Sunday

US Racing members can get get their weekend Race Report Cards by clicking on the applicable links below… but that’s not all (sorry)! As an added bonus, I’m also making my Pace Profile Report for Saturday’s Travers Day card at Saratoga available. Friday (8/26) Albuquerque (ALB) Del Mar (DMR) Monmouth Park (MTH) Saratoga (SAR) Saturday (8/27) […]

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Defining Class in Racehorses

Whenever I attempt to explain how to measure class in a racehorse, I am reminded of that old Julia Sweeney character on Saturday Night Live. Although, I never found the skits featuring “Pat” to be particularly funny (and, like most unfunny SNL bits, they lasted forever), the ambiguous nature of Sweeney’s signature character is precisely […]


Laura Pugh’s Juvenile Spotlight #1

You know it is summertime when the juveniles are popping up with big performances left and right. Saratoga and Del Mar often lead the way in featuring talented babies, but talent can come from anywhere, as Sweet Loretta, Bode’s Dream and Nonna Mela have shown us. This week, babies made their debuts and broke their […]

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Some Surprising Facts About the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

The Filly & Mare Turf is an exciting race on the Breeders’ Cup card. This race features horses from all over the world and, this year, already has challenge winners (horses granted an automatic berth in the starting gate) from New Zealand, France, South Africa and, of course, the United States. The Breeders’ Cup Filly […]

Star-studded Pacific Classic a must-watch event

DEL MAR, Calif. – Combine a Kentucky Derby winner, the first- and third-place finishers from the Dubai World Cup, two winners of the Santa Anita Derby, runners who have won five Eclipse Awards, two Breeders’ Cup races, a Horse of the Year title, and 19 Grade 1 races, plus the only female winner of the Pacific Classic, and what do you have?


Pacific Classic Card Offers Something for Everyone

Saturday’s 11-race card at Del Mar is loaded with amazing races and exciting wagering opportunities, led by the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (GI), a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) set for Nov. 5 at Santa Anita. Also on the card are two other graded […]

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