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  • Saratoga Notebook: A Dandy Lead-in to the Travers

    The $1 million Travers (G1) is now less than three weeks away, but the picture is still cloudy. With SMARTY JONES retired and Belmont (G1) winner BIRDSTONE training up to the race, it appears that starter Bob Duncan will have a gate full of sophomores since no one is being scared away.

  • Del Mar Notebook: Horses to Watch

    Sunday's $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch H. (G2) highlighted the stakes action at Del Mar this week as a field of eight fillies and mares, three-years-old and up, went to the gate for the 1 1/16-mile affair.

  • Del Mar Notebook: Volume 1

    <i>by Brian P. Turner</i> -- It was in 1937 when Del Mar Race Course was first opened to the racing fans of Southern California. Legendary crooner Bing Crosby, one of the founders of the seaside track, was on hand to personally greet the public as they made their way through the gates.

  • Smarty Jones Will Eat Up the Competition

    According to Bob Baffert, the toll of the Triple Crown Trail usually manifests itself about a week after the Preakness. There is no sign that the Trail has taken a toll on Smarty Jones.

  • Teen Tracks Reporter&lt;br&gt;Carly Silver

    Teen Tracks: Eddington May Live Up to the Hype

    Many horses have been "hyped", then failed to meet the high standards set for them. One horse that has been "hyped" is Eddington, a chestnut son of Unbridled. Only, this time, you can say "believe the hype".

  • Carly Silver

    Teen Tracks: The Cliff's Edge Doesn't Fit His Stereotype

    When a horse wins a race at a particular distance, oftentimes the horse is labeled as a runner only suitable for that certain distance. Usually, this generalization is not justified; that horse can win at many other distances. The Cliff's Edge himself is a victim of this generalization.

  • Carly Silver

    Teen Tracks: Distance No Problem for Friends Lake

    Some stallions still remain who are an influence for stamina in the breeding program. A.P. Indy is one of these sires. His son, Friends Lake, is a major Derby contender this year, and can tackle the 1 1/4 mile distance with ease.

  • Value a Plus in the Wood

    Our choice to win the Grade I Wood Memorial is VALUE PLUS. This strapping, gray colt is versatile, fast and has the breeding to get the 1 1/8 mile distance. In last year's Wood, Funny Cide and Empire Maker were prominent throughout the race. We believe that early prominence will dominate this year's running as well.

  • Call Me <i>Mister</i> Jones

    The grade II Arkansas Derby runs this Saturday at Oaklawn. SMARTY JONES will win and up his record to six for six. He will win by multiple lengths. His time for the 1 1/8 mile race will be under 1:49, and he will quiet all doubts as to his status as a serious Derby contender.

  • Limehouse Right at Home at Keeneland

    A quick quiz. How many of the starters in the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes won the last time out? The answer: two, Limehouse and California shipper Preachinatthebar. In fact, LIMEHOUSE has won his last two. We pick him to run his streak to three in Saturday's Blue Grass.

  • The Song Goes On

    The Grade II Illinois Derby looks like an orchestra with no conductor, as the morning line odds indicate.

  • Seasoning and Experience Have Not Lost Their Hold on the Kentucky Derby

    In the past few years, much discussion has centered around the chances of a "lightly-raced horse" winning the Kentucky Derby. But in fact, the talk has not come to much fruition. Truth holds eternal, and although there are exceptions to every rule, the truth is that it still takes seasoning and experience to win the Kentucky Derby the vast majority of the time.

  • WinStar to Win WinStar Derby

    <i>By Dick Downey</i> -- The $500,000 WinStar Derby sees the sponsor's own VICTORY LIGHT shipping in from Payson Park in Florida, and Pat Day comes along for the ride.

  • A Baker's Dozen for Kentucky Derby 130?

    Although we're fascinated with numbers at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thedowneyprofile.com"><i>TheDowneyProfile.com</a>,</i> we are not into numerology. However, it doesn't take much imagination to conjure up a projected field of 13 in Kentucky Derby 130.

  • Hooked on Smarty

    I got hooked on Smarty Jones just off his name--then really got interested off his run in the Count Fleet when he stumbled out of the gate, swept three wide around the field and cleared by five.

  • Class Will Rule in the Gotham

    While we haven't been covering Saratoga County as a potential Kentucky Derby contender on <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thedowneyprofile.com/membership"><br>TheDowneyProfile.com</a>, he is nominated to the Triple Crown, and there are several angles going for him in the Gotham.

  • Showdown at Santa Anita

    <i>By Dick Downey</i> -- The final local showdown for the Grade I Santa Anita Derby unfolds Sunday as some of the most well-known names in West Coast racing contest the Grade II San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 mile.

  • Tampa Bay Derby is Pletcher's to take

    <i>Our guest picker, Mike Pearson, loves speed, and sometimes the cheaper the better. But there's nothing cheap about his preferences in the Tampa Bay Derby. Pearson's day job is prosecuting felons, and he never takes the easy way out. He's been on a handicapping roll of late, prompting TheDowneyProfile.com to ask him to apply his talents here.</i>

  • Twelve-second Splits: Pre-Derby Performance

    In our last story, we demonstrated that splits close to 12 seconds per furlong are usually employed to win the Kentucky Derby. In this installment, we examine pre-Derby splits of the last 10 winners.

  • Here and There

    Brisnet.com has introduced a series of three online handicapping contests...Members of the Dance Theater of Harlem's Cast from "St. Louis Woman" visit Belmont Thursday.

  • 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.

  • Blood-Horse Head2Head Competition

    Dan Liebman and Evan Hammonds, who have been on the scene in Chicago this week, were each given a $1,000 mythical bankroll...