Spot Plays: Gulfstream Park, January 28, 2017

On Saturday, the collective eyes of Thoroughbred racing will be focused on Gulfstream Park for the inaugural running of the world's richest horse race--the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1)--to be contested at a mile and an eighth trip over the main track in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The race drew a full field of … Continue reading Spot Plays: Gulfstream Park, January 28, 2017

Spot Plays: Fair Grounds & Golden Gate Fields, January 21, 2017

    Lurking wet weather figures to be the proverbial fly in the ointment of the stakes program at Fair Grounds and Santa Anita this weekend--leaving the turf black-type¬†races in New Orleans in jeopardy and the already small field in the in the Santa Monica (G2) destined for the slop and out of consideration for … Continue reading Spot Plays: Fair Grounds & Golden Gate Fields, January 21, 2017

Spot Plays: Oaklawn Park & Santa Anita, January 16, 2017

  Our Spot Plays at Gulfstream Park for Saturday, January 14 didn't fare too poorly, as Tommy Macho ($7.20) ¬†won the Hal's Hope Stakes (G3) by open lengths, an overbet Divisidero (5-2) was only beaten a length for all the money in the Ft. Lauderdale Handicap (G2) despite being extremely wide in the stretch drive, … Continue reading Spot Plays: Oaklawn Park & Santa Anita, January 16, 2017

Spot Plays: Gulfstream Park, January 14, 2017

As Santa Anita's La Canada (G2) and Oaklawn's Pippin Stakes (Listed) attracted short fields with a heavy morning line favorite--Vale Dori (ARG) and Streamline, respectively--I'll concentrate on three graded stakes races from Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 14, which promise to offer more attractive wagering opportunities. The $150,000 Marshua's River (G3) for fillies and mares … Continue reading Spot Plays: Gulfstream Park, January 14, 2017

Spot Plays: Santa Anita, January 8, 2017

The 66th running of the Santa Ynez Stakes (G2)--to be contested at Santa Anita Park on January 8--kicks off the road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) for three-year-old fillies in Southern California and will feature a showdown between the proven graded stakes winner Shane's Girlfriend, a undefeated bay filly coming off a double digit win … Continue reading Spot Plays: Santa Anita, January 8, 2017