The Travers 2023

The Travers turned out to be quite the race this year. We have The Derby winner, The Preakness winner, and The Belmont winner. The others are not exactly slouches either. It is an exciting race and will go a long way to determining the best three-year-old in the land. Let’s get right to it. Forte breaks from the rail after his hard-fought Jim-Dandy win many thought he was lucky to keep. He is steady, solid,

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Key Races & Bets for Saturday August 26th, 2023

H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes – Race 9 at Saratoga – Post Time 4:19 PM Eastern Analysis and main contenders: In a six horse field, albeit a good one, I’m going to start with only one pick, and that is New York Thunder, who opens at 5 to 2 and may stay in that range given Baffert’s Arabian Lion will be lower odds than his 2/1 morning line, and similarly Fort Bragg (also trained by

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The Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks

It is Alabama Day at Saratoga, but you’d be hard pressed to argue the racing at Del Mar this year has not been better than the Spa and I decided to go west where the turf meets the surf. The Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks drew a competitive field of 10 fillies with two that appear to have quite bright futures. I’ll run down the field and see where we land. And Tell Me Nolies

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Key Races & Bets for Saturday August 19th, 2023

Lake Placid Stakes – Race 7 at Saratoga – Post Time 4:26 PM Eastern Analysis and main contenders: Chad Brown is loaded with four of eight in the main body of the race, but none have the positional advantage of Brad Cox’s Heavenly Sunday on the rail. Never off the board in six races, all on turf, she ran the best race of her life the last time she ran this distance on Derby weekend

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The Fourstardave

The one-mile Fourstardave a Grade 1 named for a perennial Saratoga Horse for Course will be run Saturday. The race drew a field of 7, and as of now it is still scheduled to stay on the grass. It’s Saratoga so that is always subject to change. Let’s look at the field and see what shakes out. Emmanuel the first of two from Todd Pletcher starts from the rail. The versatile colt handles both turf

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