Handicapping

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  • Azeri goes for ten in a row Saturday at Hollywood Park.

    'Relaxed' Azeri Tunes Up for Vanity Defense

    Azeri, reigning Horse of the Year, seeks her 10th straight victory in defense of honors in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles Saturday at Hollywood Park.

  • Wando's Plate Work Pleases Keough

    He's still not sure if Wando can get the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Queen's Plate June 21, but trainer Mike Keogh was definitely happy with his colt's key work Sunday.

  • Miesque's Approval Rates Nod in Sea o'Erin

    Live Oak Plantation's Miesque's Approval, runner-up in the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland in April, will be the staring high weight at 118 pounds when he faces seven rivals in the $150,000 Sea o'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile on turf Sunday at Arlington Park.

  • Ocean Drive Going Right Way for Sands Point

    Ocean Drive, 4-for-5 in her career for trainer Todd Pletcher to be ridden by Jerry Bailey, will be a short price Sunday in the $100,000 Sands Point Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 mile on the Belmont Park turf.

  • Ministers Wild Cat to Start in Affirmed

    Ministers Wild Cat, scratched from the Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes May 26 because of a cough, is scheduled to make his next start in the $100,000-added Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 mile June 22, trainer Neil Drysdale confirmed Friday.

  • Mister Acpen Gives Mulhall, 20, First Grade I Shot

    Kristin Mulhall, six weeks shy of her 21st birthday, hopes to celebrate her first grade I stakes victory as a trainer Saturday at Hollywood Park when she sends out Chilean import Mister Acpen in the $350,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) at 1 1/4 miles on turf.

  • Balto Star Spotted for Action in Oceanport 'Cap

    Anstu Stable's Balto Star has developed a very noticeable racing pattern. Since last year, the Todd Pletcher-trained 5-year-old has followed every bad race with a very good race. And, since last out he ran last in the Pimlico Special (gr. I), his rivals in Saturday's $100,000 Oceanport Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth better have their running shoes on.

  • Dakota Light Puts Ivanavinalot to Test

    When last they met last fall, J D Farm's Dakota Light was no match for Gilbert Campbell's Ivanavinalot, but the gap may have closed between them since then. The pair clash again in Saturday's $100,000 Office Queen Stakes at Calder Race Course.

  • Whittingham Dominated by Storming Home

    Storming Home, whose United States debut in the Jim Murray Handicap last month produced an electrifying victory, is a strong favorite over five rivals in Saturday's $350,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Reba's Gold May Have Answer in Californian

    Reba's Gold is a tough old veteran who trainer Dan Hendricks hopes is peaking just at the right time to spring an upset in the $400,000 Californian Stakes (gr. II) Saturday at 1 1/8 miles.

  • Golden Marlin Tries Top Turf Fillies in Regret

    Golden Marlin, winner of the Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) on the dirt in her most recent race, switches to the grass against favored Edgewood Stakes winner Forest Shadows and 10 other promising 3-year-old turf fillies in Saturday's $200,000-added Regret Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

  • Champali After KO in Northern Dancer

    Lloyd Madison Farm's Champali, named in honor of legendary heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, will be looking to score a knockout of his own when he returns from an illness to head a field of eight 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Northern Dancer Stakes on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

  • Canani Runs Brother/Sister Act in Whittingham, Oaks

    Father's Day weekend is coming up, but a productive mother will be in the forefront of stakes activity at Hollywood Park. Downtown Blues, a broodmare by Seattle Song, is the dam of both Night Patrol and Harbor Blues, entered in the $350,000 Charlie Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) and $200,000-added Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II), respectively, on Saturday.

  • You Stands Out in Fleur De Lis

    Edmund Gann's You, the star of the $300,000-added Louisville Breeders' Cup (gr. II) on Kentucky Oaks Day and a winner of five grade I events in her stellar career, looms as a strong favorite in Saturday's $300,000-added Fleur De Lis Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

  • Harlan's Holiday among contestants in Saturday's Brooklyn Handicap.

    Velazquez Opts for Harlan's Holiday in Brooklyn

    A short but select field of six older runners were entered for Saturday's $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park, including Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Volponi and graded stakes winners Harlan's Holiday and Evening Attire.

  • Raging Fever racing in Saturday's Chicago Handicap.

    Raging Fever Invades for Chicago Handicap

    Edward P. Evans' Raging Fever, a Grade I stakes winning daughter of Storm Cat, invades from New York to top a field of nine fillies and mares entered in the $175,000-added Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) Saturday at Arlington Park.

  • Frankel's Urban King Leads Hill Prince Field

    A week after winning his first Triple Crown race with Empire Maker in the 135th Belmont Stakes, Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel sets his sights on another graded stakes race for three-year-olds at Belmont Park.

  • Much-Traveled Western Pride Comes Home

    Western Pride has traveled far and wide during a standout career in which he has won 10 of 25 starts and earned $1,263,819. But on Saturday, he'll race on his home track at Hollywood Park for the first time in the $400,000 Californian (gr. II).

  • Miss Bridget Jones Invades Hollywood Oaks

    Miss Bridget Jones, unbeaten in three starts, was purchased privately this week and flown to California from Texas to compete in the $200,000-added Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday.

  • Belmont Day Sets Wagering Record for NYCOTB

    Belmont Day at New York City Off-Track Betting facilities set a record for the highest Belmont Day handle in the corporation's 32-year history. NYCOTB patrons wagered $8,456,289.

  • Leonard Richards Is Wide Open Affair

    This Saturday's grade III Leonard Richards has shaped up a wide open affair. The $250,000 mile and a sixteenth affair has attracted a field of twelve 3-year-olds. The race will be televised on CBS with an approximate post time of 5:27 p.m.

  • Volponi and Brooklyn Handicap Kick Off NTRA Summer Tour

    Volponi and Evening Attire are slated to face off in Saturday's Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park. The race is the first leg of the NTRA's Summer Pick 3, which includes the Leonard Richards Stakes from Delaware and the Stephen Foster from Churchill Downs.

  • Senor Swinger Likely for Virginia Derby

    Robert and Beverly Lewis' Senor Swinger, who won Saturday's $200,000 Jefferson Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs by a widening 5 ½ lengths, is a probable starter in the $500,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs, trainer Bob Baffert said.

  • Minister's Baby is Ready for Fleur De Lis

    Minister's Baby turned in a strong half-mile work on Tueday for Saturday's $300,000 Fleur De Lis Handicap (gr. II). The 5-year-old daughter of Deputy Minister breezed four furlongs in :47.80 -- the sixth fastest of 34 moves at the distance.

  • Mineshaft Tunes Up for Stephen Foster

    Expected Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) favorite Mineshaft turned in a spectacular work Tuesday, breezing five furlongs in :59.60 over a fast Churchill Downs track. The move under exercise rider Annie Finney came just after the regular break for track maintenance and was the fastest of 31 at that distance.

  • James B. Moseley Draws 34 Nominations

    Graded-stakes winners My Cousin Matt, Peeping Tom, Say Florida Sandy, and Here's Zealous join defending champion Stormin Oedy on the list of 34 nominations for the $200,000 James B. Moseley Breeders' Cup Handicap on June 21 at Suffolk Downs.

  • Colonial Downs Opens With Full Fields

    Full fields are expected when Colonial Downs opens its doors Friday. Colonial's 30-day meet runs through July 22nd on a Friday through Tuesday schedule with 1 p.m. post times on Saturday and Sunday and 5 p.m. post during the week. There is a special Thursday card on July 3.

  • Hollywood Oaks Contenders Post Drills

    Saturday's $200,000 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) contenders Cinema Paradisa, Princess V. and Santa Catarina turned in strong Southern California workouts on Sunday.

  • Storming Home Gets 124 for Whittingham

    English import Storming Home, an impressive winner of the Jim Murray Memorial Handicap in his United States debut at Hollywood Park May 10, worked seven furlongs on turf in 1:29.20 Sunday.

  • Calkins Road in Californian Comeback

    Calkins Road, sidelined since winning the California Cup Classic at Santa Anita in November, is scheduled to return Saturday in the $400,000 Californian (gr. II) at Hollywood Park.

  • Foster Candidates in Sharp Churchill Works

    A pair of possible contenders for Saturday's main event, the $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), turned in sizzling works on Sunday at Churchill Downs.

  • Champali, During Record Strong Works

    Two major contenders for Saturday's $100,000-added Northern Dancer Stakes -- Lloyd Madison Farm's Champali and James McIngvale's During -- turned in sharp works on Sunday in preparation for the one-mile race.

  • Favored Shine Again Tops Vagrancy Cast

    Shine Again, who has grinded her way to earnings of more than $1 million in 29 starts, gets some respect Sunday as the favorite in Belmont Park's $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II). The Vagrancy tops a card that includes a pair of New York Stallion series stakes.

  • Windsor Castle Takes Shot at Brandywine

    Frank Alexander's Windsor Castle, the recent winner of the William D. Schaffer Handicap (gr. III), tops a field of seven for the one-mile $100,000 Brandywine Handicap at Delaware Park Saturday.

  • Speedsters Meet in Bay Meadows BC Sprint

    Northern California's top two speedsters, Presidio Heights and El Dorado Shooter, will meet in Saturday's $150,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. III).

  • Too Late Now Favored in Woodbine Oaks

    Come By Chance Stable's Too Late Now has been established as the 8-5 morning line favorite for Sunday's $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks, the premier event for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

  • Take Charge Lady Nominated to Fleur De Lis

    Select Stable's Take Charge Lady, a narrow loser to reigning "Horse of the Year" Azeri in her only start of 2003, and a trio of major stakes winners from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel head the list of 28 fillies and mares nominated to the $300,000-added Fleur De Lis (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

  • Eye of the Tiger in Brilliant Drill for Affirmed

    Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer confirmed Wednesday that the $100,000-added Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) on June 22 is the next goal for Eye of the Tiger after the 3-year-old colt worked seven furlongs in a bullet 1:24.80 here in company with Yougottawanna.

  • Madame Pietra After Four-Peat in Desert Stormer

    Madame Pietra, a 6-year-old mare who has quietly developed into one of the better female sprinters in the nation, seeks her fourth straight stakes victory in the $100,000-added Desert Stormer Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs on Saturday.

  • Mineshaft, Aldebaran Top Foster Nominees

    William S. Farish's homebred Mineshaft, winner of the Pimlico Special (gr. I), and Flaxman Holdings' Aldebaran, winner of the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II) and Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) in his last two races, top the list of likely starters from a star-studded group of 32 horses nominated for Churchill Downs' $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).

  • Funny Cide, works Tuesday in preparation for his Triple Crown bid Saturday.

    Tagg Says Funny Cide Went 'Little Faster Than I Wanted'

    Funny Cide, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner who is seeking to become the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years, impressed in his final workout when he made a surprise appearance on the Belmont Park track at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Mineshaft Drills Toward Stephen Foster

    Mineshaft, the likely favorite for the $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) on June 14, worked a strong six furlongs over a wet track Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The homebred son of A.P. Indy covered the distance over "sloppy" footing in 1:14 under exercise rider Annie Finney.