Saturday, January 28, 2012


A quick reference tool meant to help the newer fan (like me!) 

NOTE:   AFTER A RACE HAS BEEN RUN, you can return here, click on the CARD to view the Results and watch a REPLAY.
Florida and California take the stage Saturday to showcase each state's best runners.  DRF will LIVE STREAM the day's card at Gulfstream:  LIVE STREAM - FLORIDA SUNSHINE MILLIONS

Undefeated 4-year-old filly AWESOME FEATHER Race Preview , champion female sprinter MUSICAL ROMANCE, and popular 4-year-old MUCHO MACHO MAN are among the stars expected to run in one of six Florida Sunshine Millions Stakes Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.  Race Preview - Mucho Man tops deep field in Classic

In the California Sunshine Millions, CARACORTADO Race Preview has been scratched from the Sensational Star with a foot problem Story  and KILLER GRACES and CHARM THE MAKER will face each other once again, this time in the Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3 year old fillies at Santa Anita. Race Preview

Also on the Santa Anita card is the only Grade 1 event of the weekend, the $300,000 Santa Monica Stakes for 4 year old fillies and mares.  Race Preview  Last time out when Teddy's Promise and Sugarinthemorning met in the LaBrea Dec. 31, Teddy's Promise delivered a 16-1 upset.  The two are matched up again in the 7 furlong event, with Teddy's Promise at 8-5 and will tote 123 pounds as the highweight.  Rafael Bejarano will be aboard Sugarinthemorning, and Victor Espinoza will be up on Teddy's Promise.  Also in the race are Rumor (Mike Smith) 9-5, Home Sweet Aspen (Joel Rosario) 6-1, Big Tiz (Corey Nakatani) 9-2, and the two long shots round out the field with Bella Diamante (David Flores) 30-1, and She's Cheeky (Joe Talamo) 20-1.

On Sunday, the main feature is the Holy Bull for 3 year olds, in which HANSEN (Tapit), ALGORITHMS (Bernardini), CONSORTIUM (Bernardini), MY ADONIS (Pleasantly Perfect) will each make their 2012 debut.

Note:  Times may fluctuate.  All times adjusted for EST.

Saturday, January 28

BHorse: Florida Millions Classic could be just that

2:35 ET Distaff S. $300,000, 4yo & up, f&m, 1 1/8M, Race 5
BHorse: Sunshine Millions Distaff S CARD - VIDEO replay after race
DRF: Awesome Feather puts unbeaten streak on line in Distaff 

3:05 ET Filly and Mare Sprint S. $150,000, 4yo & up, f&m, 6F, Race 6
BHorse: Filly and Mare Sprint CARD - VIDEO replay after race 
Musical Romance, Pomeroys Pistol, It's Me Mom

3:35 ET Sprint S. $150,000, 4yo & up, 6F, Race 7
BHorse: Turf Sprint - CARD 
Apriority 2-1

4:10 ET Filly and Mare Turf S. $150,000, 4yo & up, f&m, Race 8
BHorse: Filly and Mare Turf S CARD 
Unbridled Humor

4:50 ET Turf S. $150,000, 4yo & up, 1 1/8M, Race 9
BHorse: Turf Stakes - CARD 
Teaks North 3-1

5:25 ET Classic S. $400,000, 4yo & up, 1 1/8M, Race 10
BHorse: Sunshine Millions Classic CARD
Mucho Macho Man 5-2, Ron the Greek 5-1, Duke of Mischief 6-1, Adios Charlie 3-1 and high weight is Turbo Compressor


4:02 ET  Santa Ysabel S | $100,000 | G3 | 3yo F | 1 1/16 mi | Race 3 |
BHorse: Starlet contenders return in the Santa Ysabel
Killer Graces 7-2 and high weight at 123 lbs, and Charm the Maker 3-1, meet again
BHorse: Starlet Race Replay Dec 30 - Hollywood Park Killer Graces over Charm the Maker

UPDATE:  Caracortado scratched with foot problem  Story
Caracortado tops Cal-Bred stakes at Santa Anita
4:35 ET Sensational Star S | $100,000 | 4 & Up | Cal-Breds | 6 1/2 F T | Race 4
BHorse: Sensational Star S CARD - VIDEO REPLAY after race
The main danger to Caracortado, the 4-5 favorite for his number 6 stakes in the Sensational Star appears to be 5-2 second choice Compari, a 6-year-old gelding who has won five of six over Santa Anita’s turf course including the 2010 Sensational Star. Rafael Bejarano will be up on Caracortado (previously rode Compari), and Mike Smith takes the reins on Compari.

5:06 ET $100,000 Crystal Water S | 4 & Up | Cal-Breds | 1 1/16 Mi | Race 5
5:37 ET  Valentine Dancer S | $100,000 | F&M 4+ | Cal-Breds | 1 Mi (T) | Race 6

7:12 ET  Santa Monica S  | $300,000 | G1 |  F& M 4+ | 7 F | Race 9

Sunday, January 29

4:17 ET Forward Gal S. $200,000, 3yo, f, 7F, Gulfstream, Race 9
BHorse: Forward Gal - CARD - VIDEO replay after race

4:45 ET Holy Bull S. (G3) $400,000, 3yo, 1M, Gulfstream, Race 10
BHorse: Holy Bull - CARD - VIDEO replay after race
Hansen (Tapit), Algorithms (Bernardini), Consortium (Bernardini), My Adonis (Pleasantly Perfect)
Battle of the Bernardini colts!  My Adonis same daddy as Rapid Redux!  Could be interesting for favorite, Hansen! 
Recent races - Replay Wall:  Scroll down to the "Race Results and Replay Wall" to see all of the immediate past races.  Click the "More Race Results and Videos" to search for a specific race.

DRF: Watchmaker's Divisional Rankings - 1-23-2012  Includes PPs
Derby/Road to the Crown Prep Races
1/7/2012    3Sham StakesSanta Anita Park1 Mile$100,000
Count FleetAqueduct1 Mile 70 Yards$150,000
1/14/2012California DerbyGolden Gate1 1/16 Miles$100,000
1/16/2012Smarty JonesOaklawn Park1 Mile$100,000
1/21/2012    3LecomteFair Grounds1 Mile 70 Yards$175,000
1/29/2012    3Holy BullGulfstream Park1 Mile$400,000
2/4/2012    2Robert B. LewisSanta Anita Park1 1/16 Miles$200,000
    3WithersAqueduct1 1/16 Miles$200,000
    3Sam F. DavisTampa Bay1 1/16 Miles$200,000
2/11/2012    2HutchesonGulfstream Park7 Furlongs$150,000
2/18/2012    3El Camino Real DerbyGolden Gate1 1/8 Miles (S)$200,000
2/19/2012    2San VicenteSanta Anita Park7 Furlongs$150,000
2/20/2012    3SouthwestOaklawn Park1 Mile$250,000
2/25/2012Borderland DerbySunland Park1 1/16 mi$100,000
Turf Paradise DerbyTurf Paradise1 1/16 mi$100,000
    2Risen StarFair Grounds1 1/16 Miles$300,000
2/26/2012    2Fountain of YouthGulfstream Park1 1/16 Miles$400,000
3/3/2012    3GothamAqueduct1 1/16 Miles$400,000
John Battaglia Mem'lTurfway Park1 1/16 Miles (S)$100,000
3/10/2012    3Tampa Bay DerbyTampa Bay1 1/16 Miles$350,000
    2San FelipeSanta Anita Park1 1/16 Miles$300,000
    2SwaleGulfstream Park7 Furlongs$150,000
3/11/2012    3Palm BeachGulfstream Park1 1/8 Miles (Turf)$150,000
3/17/2012    2RebelOaklawn Park1 1/16 Miles$500,000
3/24/2012    3Vinery Racing SpiralTurfway Park1 1/8 Miles (S)$500,000
RushawayTurfway Park1 Mile$100,000
3/25/2012    3Sunland DerbySunland Park1 1/8 Miles$800,000
3/31/2012    1Florida DerbyGulfstream Park1 1/8 Miles$1,000,000
4/1/2012    2Louisiana DerbyFair Grounds1 1/8 Miles$1,000,000
4/6/2012    3TransylvaniaKeeneland1 1/16 Miles (Turf)$100,000
4/7/2012    3Bay ShoreAqueduct7 Furlongs F$250,000
    3Illinois DerbyHawthorne1 1/8 Miles$500,000
    1Santa Anita DerbySanta Anita Park1 1/8 Miles$1,000,000
    1Wood MemorialAqueduct1 1/8 Miles$1,000,000
4/14/2012    1Arkansas DerbyOaklawn Park1 1/8 Miles$1,000,000
    1Toyota Blue GrassKeeneland1 1/8 Miles (S)$750,000
4/21/2012    3Coolmore LexingtonKeeneland1 1/16 Miles (S)$200,000
    2JeromeAqueduct1 Mile$150,000
4/28/2012    3Derby TrialChurchill Downs1 Mile$200,000
5/5/2012    1Kentucky DerbyChurchill Downs1 1/4 Miles$2,000,000
5/19/2012    1PreaknessPimlico1 3/16 Miles$1,000,000
6/9/2012    1Belmont StakesBelmont1 1/2 Miles$1,000,000

These are not the only races a 3 year old might run in to get to the Kentucky Derby and the other Triple Crown races, but they are some of the most important. Among those horses that might qualify for the Derby, earnings then become important in deciding who gets to the starting gate.

For more on current racing activity, browse through the stories, videos and options at:  Daily Racing Form, BloodHorse, Thoroughbred Times.   HRTV Racing Calendar
Useful tools:


Sister Moon sets new track record - YouTube VIDEO

Out of Bounds likely headed to San Felipe
Calvin Carter's 2012 Kentucky Derby Outlook
Hello Race Fans: Gettin' lucky in the Kentucky Derby
Brisnet: Discreet Dancer waltzes at Aqueduct
Brisnet: Alpha seizes Count Fleet victory 1-7-12
Brisnet: A.P. Indy daughter Captivating Lass takes the Busanda, companion to Count Fleet
DRF: Countdown to the Crown - News about the runup to the TC
DRF's companion web site for Triple Crown racing info
Horse Racing Nation 2012 Kentucky Derby Trail - Best site
DRF: Discreet Dancer dazzles again in second career start
DRF: Captivating Lass perseveres in Sweet Seventeen 1-7-2012
DRF: Alpha looks like Kentucky Derby contender in Count Fleet win
DRF: Out of Bounds upsets in the Sham
DRF: Union Rags made early Derby Favorite with Vegas sports books

BHorse: Can Horse racing truly harness social media
BHorse: Racing industry told to innovate or suffer
TTimes: Casner weighs the consequences of salix

BHorse: Mahubah's Corner - Star Guitar
BHorse: Transcend typifies Wild Rush record in Japan

COOL TIP:  Come back here after the races and click on the cards for the featured races below and see the RESULTS and Order of Finish, as well as VIDEO REPLAY of the race.  Also:  to get the results for all the races on a particular day, this is BloodHorse's results page:  Race Results  There will be a "short list" but scroll down and click on "View Full List".  Most will have videos of the races!! Easy way to get a roundup of a day's racing action quickly!!

New to the sport or just want a place to learn more?
Check the following sites:
Stakes Entries - Video Replays

Seventeen stakes races with purses of more than $3 million are scheduled for the 26-day season, which commences November 10 and continues through December 18.
BloodHorse has a great video replay site to watch all the stakes action:
You can watch all stakes races for a particular DAY, or by TRACK, or a combination.  You can also watch INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC racing action!  Because these are links and not embedded videos, the site loads quickly.
DRF: Weekend stakes preview - videos

Note:  There are free sites to watch online: check out or NTRA Live Stream or or sign up for a free trial account at  You can also catch the replays right after the big races at   Calracing has live coverage of races - Will need to register

A really good site for the new fan:

NOTE: In order to enjoy and use the functionality of the various sites below, some sites may require you to register, however, there is no charge for most of what you will want access to.  If you want to go to the next level and actually place bets and learn more about handicapping, some of these types of services have a fee, but this is strictly your choice whether to use these services.

DRF Grid: Today's Action - Upcoming & Prior Race Days - Click on any track "day", and pull up that day's entries for each of the races
DRF - Starts with ACTIVE tracks - Click on the DAY next to the track name to see that day's full race card. 

Simple Alpha List of American Graded Stakes by Stakes Name, by Grade I, II, III

This includes a list of all American tracks

Useful web sites 
Twin Spires Race viewer - One of the best individual race video sites - You will need to register, free

Links to blogs and other sites I have found useful:


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