Handicapping

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  • 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.

  • Senor Swinger Sizzles in Churchill Breeze

    Crown Royal American Turf (gr. III) winner Senor Swinger tuned up for his return to the grass in Saturday's $200,000-added Jefferson Cup (gr. III) with a blistering five furlong work over the Churchill Downs main track on Monday.

  • Scrimshaw, with trainer D. Wayne Lukas, had a strong workout Monday.

    Scrimshaw Sharp in Five-Furlong Workout

    Robert and Beverly Lewis' Scrimshaw, winner of the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) and third-place finisher in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), completed his major training for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with a strong five furlong work on Monday at Churchill Downs.

  • Perfect Drift Continues to Train Impressively

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, third in the 2002 Kentucky Derby, continued his impressive training toward a possible run in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) with a sharp six furlong breeze Saturday at Trackside Louisville.

  • Manhattan, Foster Weighed for Colonial Colony

    Churchill Downs-based trainer Walter Bindner will decide in the next couple of days whether to ship Lakeside Farm's rapidly-improving Colonial Colony to New York for Saturday's Manhattan (gr. IT) at Belmont or stay home for the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 14.

  • Lovelorn Chopolina Ready for 2003 Debut

    It took 2002 standout Chopinina awhile to get over her broken romance, but trainer Alec Fehr feels she's ready to go for her 2003 debut in Sunday's $278,200 Nassau Stakes (Can-II) for fillies andmares on the grass at Woodbine.

  • Dr. Brendler Won't Run in Louisville Handicap

    The field for Saturday's Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) was reduced by one on Friday when trainer Graham Motion decided against shipping Dr. Brendler from his Maryland base to Churchill Downs for the race.

  • Wiggins Hopes Late Kick Carries Red Mountain

    Trainer Hal Wiggins, who captured the Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) with three straight heart-pounding victories with Chorwon, starts Dolphis Morrison's Red Mountain against eight rivals Saturday in the $100,000-added fixture at Churchill Downs.

  • Coquettish Worth Look in Go For Wand

    After a twisted and bent right shoe compromised her chances in her last effort, Susan Shipp and Cindy Polk's Coquettish will look to rebound when she faces nine rivals in the $100,000 Go For Wand Stakes at Delaware Park on Saturday.

  • Belmont Defections Continue; Colita Withdrawn

    Shortly after it was announced Thursday that Atswhatimtalknbout would not contest the June 7 Belmont Stakes, the classic lost another starter when Team Valor's Colita was withdrawn from the 1 1/2-mile race at New York's Belmont Park.

  • Atswhatimtalknbout, will miss the Belmont Stakes.

    It's Official: No Belmont for Atswhatimtalknbout

    Trainer Ron Ellis ruled out a Belmont Stakes bid for B. Wayne Hughes' and Biscuit Stable's Atswhatimtalknbout on Thursday morning, saying the fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby will return to California and be given some time off while a quarter crack on his right front foot heals.

  • Bally's To Host '04 Handicapping Championship

    Bally's Las Vegas will host the $212,000 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship for the second consecutive year, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Thursday. The Championship, now in its fifth year overall, is slated for January 23-24, 2004.

  • All Eyes on Lilac Queen in Sheepshead Bay

    Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, often paired with some of racing's leading female turf horses in recent years, finds himself aboard another immensely talented grass runner in Lilac Queen for Saturday's $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park.

  • AmericaTab Offers Site for Spanish Speakers

    HipodromoEnLinea.com, designed to bring online pari-mutuel wagering to Spanish-speaking people in the United States, has joined the list of affiliates in the AmericaTab program.

  • Mineshift, winning the Pimlico Special.

    Mineshaft Works Toward Stephen Foster

    William S. Farish's Mineshaft, an impressive winner of the Pimlico Special (gr. I) in his most recent start, breezed four furlongs at Churchill Downs on Tuesday as trainer Neil Howard prepares the colt for a run in the $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) on June 14.

  • Churchill Pick Six Finally Hit

    After six days in which there were no perfect tickets in Churchill Downs' Pick Six wager and a frenzied seventh day of betting boosted the betting pool to more than $1.3 million, the Pick Six excitement ended on Monday as there were nine tickets that correctly selected the winners of six consecutive races.

  • Bullet Work for Awesome Humor, Acorn Possible

    WinStar Farm's Awesome Humor, a multiple stakes winner who suffered the first loss of her career in a recent allowance race at Churchill Downs, rebounded from that setback with a sizzling half-mile work on Sunday.

  • Congaree, seeks Carter-Met Mile double.

    Congaree Can Join NY Legends in Met Mile

    Congaree, who can join an elite group to win both the Carter and Metropolitan handicaps in the same year, is hard to ignore in Monday's Memorial Day feature at Belmont Park.