Article posted on Thursday 17 January - 08:35 EST
The winter thoroughbred racing season and the continued chase for points and a spot in the 2019 Kentucky Derby kicks into high gear this Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. The Louisiana track hosts the running of the $200,000 (G3) Lecomte Stakes, and the race has drawn a field of 14. They'll be asked to run just over one mile on the Fair Grounds dirt track.
On the first day of January all horses in the Northern Hemisphere turn one year older, and for three-year-olds, this means they are at the age where they will get their one-and-only shot at winning the Kentucky Derby. The road to qualifying for the 2019 Derby goes through New York on New Year's Day, where Aqueduct Race Track hosts the $150,000 Jerome Stakes.
Article posted on Wednesday 19 December
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Horse racing in Oklahoma isn't usually high on the radar, but this weekend Remington Park closes its fall meet with the running of the Springboard Mile. Since the race is a qualifier for the 2019 Kentucky Derby the focus of US racing on Sunday will be on Remington, where 11 two-year-old colts are expected to go the gate and race for the $400,000 total purse
A full field of 14 runners are expected to take to the turf course at Gulfstream Park on Saturday for the running of the 2018 (G2) Fort Lauderdale Stakes. Run at 1 1/8 miles, the Fort Lauderdale offers a purse of $200,000 and features an excellent field of older turf horses, many of which come in with multiple graded-stakes wins to their name.
As evidence of its iconic stature in US horse racing, when Hollywood Park closed in 2014, the Hollywood Derby was not allowed to die but was moved to Del Mar Race Track. The 2018 version of the Hollywood Derby goes this Saturday, and has drawn 14 entries for betting in Bovada's racebook. They'll be racing 1 1/8 miles on the Del Mar Turf for a purse of $300,000.
The race to qualify for the 2019 Kentucky Derby picks up steam again this weekend with the running of the $250,000 (G2) Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct, which will award Derby qualifying points to the top four finishers in a 10-4-2-1 scale. In an interesting handicapping angle, several of the colts in the field will be making a switch from turf-to-dirt racing surface.
Named for one of the superstar race horses of the 1990s, the $750,000 (G1) Cigar Mile Handicap is open to horses age three and older, racing on the dirt at Aqueduct Race Track. As the final Grade 1 stakes race in New York this year, the 2018 Cigar Mile has drawn a competitive field of eight with one heavy favorite and several interesting online betting options.
A full field of fourteen two-year-old colts are ready to go to the gate at Churchill Downs on Saturday for the running of the (G2) $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. In addition to the purse money, the horses and their connections will be trying to secure points to qualify for a return trip to Churchill on the first Saturday of May for the 2019 Kentucky Derby.
The turf is the main focus of racing at Del Mar this coming Friday, as the southern California track hosts the $200,000 (G2) Hollywood Turf Cup. A very tough field of eight older horses are expected to go to the Del Mar gate to battle for the win over 1 1/2 miles in what should be an excellent betting opportunity in Bovada's online racebook.