Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have a full slate of stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, a Kentucky Oaks (G1) prep at Aqueduct Racetrack, and more.
The late champion Royal Delta was honored twice on the Gulfstream Park card Feb. 18. First with her namesake grade 2 stakes and then again in the last race, when her half brother Delta Prince stormed to victory on the grass.
Having broken through at the end of 2016 to earn her first graded stakes victory, StarLadies Racing and Lisa Troutt's Eskenformoney will aim to duplicate that form when she makes her seasonal debut in the $200,000 Royal Delta Stakes (G2).
Add the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park to the list of Triple Crown preps being considered for M M G Stables' impressive 3-year-old El Areeb, a winner of his last four races including back-to-back graded stakes.
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week Tampa Bay Downs gets the spotlight with three graded stakes Saturday.
Grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits motored through a powerful half-mile work in a bullet :47.75 Feb. 10 at the Palm Meadows Training Center, his final workout before making his seasonal debut in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3).
If Flatlined can duplicate his prior effort in the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1T) Feb. 11 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Scooter Dickey will officially be able to say he has a budding—albeit late-blooming—star on his hands.
Trainer Graham Motion reported Feb. 5 that the undefeated Irish War Cry, who posted a mild upset as the 3 3/4-length winner of the Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2), will target Gulfstream Park's Triple Crown preps.
Trainer Chad Brown won his sixth consecutive edition of the Sweetest Chant Stakes (G3T), when Rymska showed a powerful turn of foot and surged down the middle of the Gulfstream Park stretch to win in the final strides Feb. 4.
The Michael Matz-trained daughter of Union Rags became the latest member of her clan to do her conditioner proud when she struck the lead in midstretch and held off grade 1 winner Pretty City Dancer to take the seven-furlong Forward Gal.
Having saddled the winners of the last five editions of the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes (G3T), Chad Brown looks to continue his race-specific dominance when he leads over 9-5 morning line favorite Rymska Feb. 4.
An expert on speed figures and a respected clocker believe the listed final time of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) is slow by about four-fifths of a second, and that the actual final time Arrogate ran should be close to the track record.
Stronach Stable's Shaman Ghost exited his second place finish in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park in good order, according to trainer Jimmy Jerkens.
The rematch between Arrogate and California Chrome in the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup drew the best afternoon ratings for a non-Triple-Crown horse race since American Pharoah's victory in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic.
Doubling down on his brilliant triumph over California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 5, Arrogate made a mockery of the world's richest race when he drew off under Hall of Famer Mike Smith to prevail by open lengths.
Less than 15 hours after arriving in South Florida for his 4-year-old debut in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28, Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Arrogate got his first look at Gulfstream Park's main track Jan. 25.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate arrived at Gulfstream Park the afternoon of Jan. 24 and settled in for his upcoming rematch with two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1).