Friday, June 9, 2017


Let's Go To The Races - June 9-11, 2017
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◗The clinic Mike Smith and Bob Baffert put on during the Belmont Stakes undercard was something to behold. Smith won five stakes, four of them for Baffert, and their partnership peaked with Mor Spirit’s 6 1/4-length domination of the Met Mile.
◗To the surprise of absolutely no one, European horses finished one-two-three-four in Friday’s Belmont Gold Cup going two miles on turf. International competition is cool and everything, but this race basically amounted to a $400,000 welfare payment to European horsemen.

Jeremy Plonk's  Belmont Stakes review and prediction, also contains an update for the Woodbine Queen's Plate.



If you missed a race, the CARD below will also take you to the full Result and a Video Replay

2:56 ET  Tremont (L)  Bel   $150,000  2yo  5.5f    R5  CARD
4:42 ET  True North S G2 Bel   $250,000  4+  6f    R8  CARD
5:14 ET  New York S G2T  Bel   $500,000  4+ f/m  10f T   R9  CARD
5:46 ET  BEL GOLD CUP INV'L G3T Bel   $400,000  4+  2 miT  R10  CARD
6:18 ET  Bed o' Roses Inv'l G3  Bel   $250,000  4+ f/m  7f  R11  CARD
12:07 ET  Easy Goer S L  Bel   $150,000  3yo  8.5f    R2  CARD
12:39 ET  BROOKLYN INV'L G2  Bel   $400,000  4+  12f   R3  CARD
1:11 ET  ACORN S G1  Bel   $700,000  3yo f  8f   R4  CARD
1:52 ET  OGDEN PHIPPS S G1 BC  Bel   $750,000  4+ f/m  8.5f   R5  CARD
2:34 ET  Jaipur Inv'l G3T  Bel   $300,000  4+  6f T  R5  CARD
3:15 ET WOODY STEPHENS S G2  Bel   $500,000  3yo  7f    R7  CARD
3:58 ET  JUST A GAME S G1  Bel   $700,000  4+ f/m  8f T  R8  CARD
4:41 ET  METROPOLITAN H G1 BC  Bel   $1,200,000  3+  8f   R9  CARD
4:45 ET  Obeah S (L)  Del   $100,000  3+ f/m  9f   R8  CARD
4:52 ET  Achievement S  WO   $125,000  3+ S  6f AW  R8  CARD
5:21 ET  Old Forester Mint Julep G3T  CD   $100,000  3+ f/m  8.5f T   R10  CARD
5:37 ET  MANHATTAN S G1 Bel   $1,000,000  4+  10f T  R10  CARD
6:37 ET  BELMONT S G1 Bel   $1,500,000  3yo  12f   R11  CARD 

2:46 ET Alywow S  WO   $100,000  3yof  6.5f T  R4  CARD
4:24 ET  Plate Trial S  WO   $125,000  3yo R  9f AW  R7  CARD
5:00 ET  Thor's Echo H  SA   $100,000  3+ S  6f   R3  CARD
5:29 ET  WOODBINE OAKS  WO   $500,000  3yo f S  9f AW   R9  CARD
5:45 ET  Jersey Girl S L  Bel   $150,000  3yo f  6f    R9  CARD


Date Track Race Draw Finish
Aug. 14 Niigata Maiden 5/14 WON
Oct. 15 Tokyo Plantanus Sho 5/8 WON
Nov. 1 Monbetsu Hokkaido Nisai Yushun 13/13 WON
Feb. 19 Tokyo Hyacinth S. 2/15 WON
Mar. 25 Meydan G2 UAE Derby 10/16 2nd

Belmont Stakes resources from Daily Racing Form

Below please find some initial resources for the Belmont Stakes on June 10, from the staff of Daily Racing Form:
A look at the potential Belmont Stakes field from David Grening:
Advance past performances and more for Belmont Stakes:
DRF Bets: 
Clocker Report from Mike Welsch:
Stakes Replays Archive:
Belmont Park News Feed:
DRF Tournaments:

Friday, June 2, 2017

June 3-4, 2017

Let's Go To The Races - Jun 3-4, 2017
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English Derby
Also:  TVG & NBC SPORTS - check your local times

International - UK
9:35 a.m. ET (15:10) Coronation Cup (Group 1)  CARD
Forecast: 6/4 Highland Reel, 4/1 Journey, 9/2 Idaho, 10/1 Hawkbill, 10/1 Frontiersman, 12/1 Us Army Ranger, 14/1 Prize Money, 25/1 Red Verdon, 33/1 Air Pilot, 33/1 Elbereth

11:30 a.m. ET (16:30) Oaks (Group 1) CARD
Forecast: 10/11 Rhododendron, 5/1 Enable, 8/1 Sobetsu, 10/1 Coronet, 10/1 Natavia, 12/1 Horseplay, 16/1 Alluringly, 25/1 Isabel De Urbina, 33/1 Daddys Lil Darling, 66/1 Pocketfullofdreams

International - UK
9:35 a.m. ET  (14:35) The Princess Elizabeth Stakes(Group 3)  CARD
Forecast: 5/4 Laugh Aloud, 6/1 Elbereth, 7/1 Absolute Blast, 10/1 Czabo, 12/1 Silver Step, 12/1 Silver Meadow, 12/1 Urban Fox, 16/1 Epsom Icon, 16/1 Kilmah, 20/1 Tisbutadream, 33/1 Crowning Glory

11:30 a.m. ET  (16:30) Investec Derby G1  CARD
Forecast: 7/2 Cracksman, 4/1 Cliffs Of Moher, 6/1 Eminent, 8/1 Permian, 10/1 Capri, 10/1 Venice Beach, 12/1 Dubai Thunder, 12/1 Best Solution, 16/1 Douglas Macarthur, 16/1 Rekindling, 20/1 Khalidi, 20/1 Benbatl, 25/1 Wings Of Eagles, 33/1 Glencadam Glory, 33/1 The Anvil, 33/1 Crowned Eagle, 50/1 Salouen, 100/1 Pealer, 500/1 Diore Lia
North America
4:52 ET  Connaught Cup S G2T  WO   $175,000  4+  7f T    R8  CARD
4:30 ET  New Start S  Pen   $100,000  3yo f S  6f   R3  CARD
5:10 ET  Lyphard S  Pen   $100,000  3+ f/m S  8.5f T    R4  CARD
5:21 ET  Aristides G3  CD   $100,000  3+  6f     R10  CARD
5:40 ET  Danzig S  Pen   $100,000  3yo S  6f     R5  CARD
5:45 ET  Pennine Ridge G3T  Bel   $200,000  3yo  9f T  R9  CARD
6:00 ET  Eatontown S G3T Mth   $100,000  3+ f/m  8.5f T    R11  CARD
6:10 ET  Penn Oaks L  Pen   $200,000  3yo f  8f T    R6  CARD
6:40 ET  Pennsylvania Governor's Cup (L)  Pen   $200,000  3+  5f T    R7  CARD
7:00 ET  SHOEMAKER MILE G1 BC  SA   $400,000  3+  8f T    R 7 CARD
7:10 ET  Mountainview S L Pen   $200,000  3+  9f     R8  CARD
7:30 ET  BEHOLDER MILE S G1  SA   $400,000  3+ f/m  8f     R8  CARD
7:45 ET  PENN MILE G2T  Pen   $500,000  3yo  8f T    R9  CARD
9:34 ET  Evangeline Mile  EvD   $100,000  3+  8f     R8  CAR
International - Japan
2:40 a.m. ET  Yasuda Kinen G1  JRA  Jun 4 $1,835,000  3+  8f T   R11  CARD 
Race Replay - English   Full Result



Friday, May 19, 2017

142nd PREAKNESS 2017

Let's Go To The Races - May 19-21, 2017
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Cloud Computing denies Classic Empire at the wire in Preakness thriller!

Preakness Press Conference - Video
Race Sequence
After the Preakness, some headed for Belmont

Other results:
WHITMORE impresses in Maryland Sprint  Race replay

Watchmaker reviews Preakness and other weekend races
"Classic Empire ran a winning race in defeat"
Shaman Ghost continues his winning ways
SHAMAN GHOST prevails in Pimlico Special - race replay
Watchmaker:  "Pimlico Special still has a name that carries some weight, and with a game victory in Friday’s renewal, Shaman Ghost added that name to a career résumé that’s really quite astounding. Think about some of the races Shaman Ghost has won. He took the Queen’s Plate, the Brooklyn, the Woodward, the Santa Anita Handicap, and now the Pimlico Special, and he’s not done yet. Shaman Ghost isn’t a Hall of Famer. He’s a good, hard-knocking handicap horse who should only engender admiration. But there are some horses in the Hall of Fame who do not have the CV he does."

YOSHIDA in James W. Murphy- Replay and result   XBTV Race Replay and Commentary by Jeff Siegel    TDN Result/write-up and replay  Yoshida trains on dirt by Bill Mott, but this was a turf race, opening the discussion could he compete in the Belmont Stakes.
Watchmaker:  "Count me among the many impressed with Yoshida’s dominating win in Saturday’s James W. Murphy Stakes. Yes, Yoshida had a good setup with an unsustainably fast early pace. But let’s not forget that Yoshida got his maiden win last time out in his first start this year (and only second career start) on the front end. So, that he came from way out if it Saturday with the flourish that he did, even if set up pace-wise, speaks to his quality."
Sunday Silence, Yoshida's grandsire, would be proud!


NBC Sports - Horse Racing
Friday  3:00 p.m. ET NBC Sports
Saturday - 2:30 p.m. ET NBC Sports
Saturday - 5:00 p.m. ET NBC
Also: check out TVG TV

Online streaming options include: TVG, TwinSpires
And in super hi-def, XBTV

Watch:  XBTV - Multiple videos on weekend racing
TCI Video - Preview Preakness
Video: Handicapping the Preakness - Lafitt Pincay & Eddie Olczyk
Preakness Contenders - Profiles, past performances/replays
DRF - Multiple links and resources for the Preakness Festival
TDN Trackside Report - Friday
TDN Preakness Preview
A contrarian's view - It's Classic Empire to win Preakness - Horse by horse rundown
Preakness updated for May 19
UPI Horse Racing Roundup: Trainer pleased with Always Dreaming's Preakness preps    
UPI Horse Racing Roundup: Always Dreaming heads to Pimlico    
Always Dreaming early 4-5 favorite for 142nd Preakness Stakes
TDN - Wednesday trackside report
Steve Haskin: Preakness - No awaking from this dream

Pletcher continues to do Lukas proud
Nick Bush, Exercise Rider for Pletcher
Todd Pletcher Podcast
Unbridled Redux - Bloodline analysis

From Across the Pond
Preakness Stakes Preview
Winx joins elite company, as one of only three named to Hall of Fame while still racing

News ticker
Songbird fires bullet

Industry News
Humane Society to Industry: Get in step and seize the issues
Aftercare organizations hope Derby donation grows legs



Return here after the race and click on CARD for a replay. About a 15-minute time delay.

Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable File
All the races including entries for a the graded stakes
Race Index

1:34 ET  DUPONT DISTAFF S G3  Pim   $150,000  3+ f/m  9f   R5 CARD
2:39 ET  PIMLICO SPECIAL G3 Pim   $300,000  3+  9.5f  R7 CARD
3:13 ET  HILLTOP S Pim   $100,000  3yo f  8f T  R8 CARD
3:44 ET  MISS PREAKNESS S G3  Pim   $150,000  3yo f  6f  R9 CARD
4:16 ET  JIM MCKAY TURF SPRINT   Pim   $100,000  3+  5f T  R10 CARD
4:50 ET  BLACK-EYED SUSAN S G2  Pim   $250,000  3yo f  9f   R11 CARD
5:54 ET  SKIPAT S L Pim   $100,000  3+ f/m  6f R13 CARD 

12:51 ET  THE VERY ONE S L  Pim   $100,000  3+ f/m  5f T R5 CARD
2:07 ET  CHICK LANG S L  Pim   $200,000  3yo  6f  R7 CARD
2:47 ET  JAMES W. MURPHY S L  Pim   $100,000  3yo  8f T R8 CARD
3:00 ET  Crystal Water S  SA   $100,000  3+ S  8f T  R1 CARD
3:27 ET  MARYLAND SPRINT S G3  Pim   $150,000  3+  6f   R9 CARD
4:07 ET  GALLORETTTE S G3T  Pim   $150,000  3+ f/m  8.5f T R10 CARD
4:17 ET  Soaring Softly S L Bel   $100,000  3yo f  7f T  R7 CARD
4:24 ET  Eclipse S G2  WO   $175,000  4+  8.5f AW R7 CARD
4:43 ET  SIR BARTON S Pim   $100,000  3yo R  8.5f  R11 CARD
5:21 ET  Louisville H G3T  CD   $100,000  3+  12f T R10 CARD
5:39 ET  LONGINES DIXIE S G2T  Pim   $250,000  3+  8.5f T  R12 CARD
5:51 ET  Matron S G3  CD   $100,000  3+ f/m  8.5f  R11 CARD
5:54 ET  Big Drama S  GP   $100,000  3+ S  7f   R10 CARD
6:45 ET  PREAKNESS S G1  Pim   $1,500,000  3yo  9.5f R13 CARD
7:00 ET  Kona Gold S G2  SA   $200,000  3+  6.5f  R9 CARD

North America
8:00 ET  Fran's Valentine S  SA   $100,000  3+ f/m S  8f T  R9 CARD
4:55 ET  Selene S G3  WO   $125,000  3yo f  8.5f AW  R8 CARD

International - Japan
2:40 a.m. ET  Japanese Oaks G1  JRA   $1,785,000  3yo f  12f T  R CARD

TDN's Race Replays for Friday & Saturday, Preakness Festival - Click on Race Name for Replay