Friday, April 6, 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.
FOUR GRADE 1 RACES top the weekend racing fare!  A total of 5 DERBY PREPS plus one Grade 1 that could be considered an OAKS PREP for the fillies. Main racing action will be at Aqueduct, Keeneland, Santa Anita and Hawthorne (Illinois), with some side action at Oaklawn.

Here are the majors:  the WOOD, BAYSHORE, ILLINOIS DERBY, SANTA ANITA DERBY, on Saturday, and the TRANSYLVANIA on Friday.  These are the so-called "official", although a couple of others some consider Derby Preps as well, along with a two or three I consider to be Kentucky Oaks preps:  the ASHLAND, COMELY, and the PROVIDENCIA.

COUNTDOWN TO THE CROWN:   Everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-but-didn't-know-what-to-ask site!!  A must-read" is Jeremy Plonk's weekly rundown on the Road to the Derby.  DRF: Week 14 - April 6, 2012   He covers the week that was as well as looking toward the upcoming weekend.  He also digs into some of the undercard action.  Includes videos of last weekend's races.

Under the race descriptions below you will find a "CARD" for each race.  If the race is in the U.S. you can come back here after the race and click on that Card to watch a race replay.

ASHLAND  at KEENELAND, Saturday, April 7:  Click here
SANTA ANITA DERBYSaturday, April 7:  Click here
WOOD MEMORIAL day at AQUEDUCT,  Saturday, April 7: Click here
ILLINOIS DERBY at HAWTHORNE,  Saturday, April 7: Click here

Brisnet PPs today's races

Ten Things You Should Know About The Wood Memorial

NBC will be covering races Live from 4:30-6:00 Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday.    

Full cards are shown below, listed in time order, all adjusted to ET.
Just want a simple list of the races, time ordered?  click here

DON'T FORGET:  Even if you can't watch the U.S. races live, you can come back here after the race has run, click on the CARD listed under the race, and watch a REPLAY!  Let's go to the races!

 TCI - Triple Crown Insider - VIDEO Weekly Review  Jon Siegel and Joel Cunningham wrap up past action and look forward to upcoming races - Twice a week updates.  Friday, April 6:  Triple Crown Insider VIDEO for weekend

Note:  Times may fluctuate.  All times adjusted for EDT
TTimes: Full cards for weekend stakes races

Friday, April 6

               Derby Prep
5:14 ET Transylvania S |(G3| Keeneland|$100,000| 3yo| 1 1/16 miT|Race 9
State of Play heads Keeneland's Transylvania
Monastic faces six in the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes

6:11 ET Prima Donna S | Oaklawn Park|$75,000| 3yof| 6f|Race 9

Saturday, April 7
Brisnet PPs today's races

4:04 ET Comely S |G3| Aqueduct| $250,000| 3yof| 1 mi| Race 7
DRF: Broadway's Alibi continues team's successful run in Comely
Race results and VIDEO of Broadway's Alibi in Forward Gal Stakes

          Derby Prep
4:38 ET Bay Shore S |G3| Aqueduct| $250,000| 3yo| 7f |Race 8
DRF: Trinniberg cruises to victory in Bay Shore Stakes

        Oaks Prep
4:45 ET Ashland S |G1| Keeneland| $500,000|3yof| 1 1/16 mi| Race 8
DRF: Karlovy Vary takes Ashland over Hard Not To Like and Stephanie's Kitten

        Derby Prep
5:15 ET Wood Memorial S |G1| Aqueduct| $1,000,000| 3yo| 1 1/8 mi |Race 9
BHorse: CARD 
DRF: Gemologist perfect 5-5 after holding off Alpha in Wood

        Derby Prep
5:30 ET Santa Anita Derby |G1| Santa Anita| $750,000g| 3yo|1 1/8 mi|Race 6
DRF: I'll Have Another outgames Creative Cause by a nose in Santa Anita Derby
Baffert back at work with three for Santa Anita Derby

5:55 ET Carter H |G1| Aqueduct| $400,000| 3&up| 7f |Race 10CARD
DRF: Jackson Bend noses out Caleb's Posse in Carter

6:02 ET Bachelor S |Oaklawn Park| $75,000| 3yo| 6f |Race 9
DRF: Laurie's Rocket shortens up to take Bachelor

6:08 ET Cryptoclearance S|Hawthorne| $60,000| 4&up| 1 1/16 mi| Race 8

6:30 ET Providencia S |G3| Santa Anita| $150,000| 3yof|1 1/8 miT | Race 8
DRF: Lady of Shamrock rallies third straight turf stakes win

             Derby Prep
6:46 ET Illinois Derby |G3| Hawthorne| $500,000| 3yo| 9f |Race 9
DRF: Done Talking finishes fastest taking Illinois Derby

7:00 ET Potrero Grande H |G2| Santa Anita| $150,000| 4&up| 6.5f |Race 9
DRF: Amazombie looks better than ever uin Potrero Grande

7:30 ET American Beauty| S Santa Anita| $75,000| 4&up| f&m| 1 miT |Race 10
Belle Royale takes American Beauty

Triple Crown Talk: 

New additions to Arkansas Derby field
BHorse: Hansen headed to Blue Grass
Russian Greek Dorochenko eyes Blue Grass for 'Hero of Order'

Andrew Caufield takes a look at Take Charge Indy::  See Page 6 at the Thoroughbred Daily News
Steve Haskin: Tami and Indy, a love story
Frank Mitchell takes a look at Take Charge Indy
Brisnet:  On Fire Baby trains up to Kentucky Oaks; Isn't He Clever to Ark Derby

News/California:  ZENYATTA TO GET A STATUE AT SANTA ANITA.  Zenyatta to get a statue across from John Henry at Santa Anita.  The unveiling is scheduled to take place at the 2012 Breeders Cup, scheduled at Santa Anita in November.  DRF: Zenyatta gets John Henry treatment at Santa Anita
News/Palm Meadows:  Winter Memories back on the turf  Pointed to the Jenny Wiley at Keeneland April 14.  Goal after that is June 9 is Just A Game stakes on Belmont Stakes Day.

Missed your favorite race?  BloodHorse has a searchable results page with Race Replay Videos by Date, Track, or Race Type.  BloodHorse Race Results page - Domestic & Internat'l

Links to past races for each horse entered
Graded Stakes Database - Powerful database / Race Videos
Thoroughbred Report - Companion to Graded Stakes Database

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:

NEWS/Older Horses: 

Chewin' the Fat is a new international show based in Australia covering horse racing.

Cloudy's Knight - Video 41 minutes

The story of Charismatic - ESPN

I've given a page to this story. Charismatic - 5 videos of the ESPn broadcast
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 sign up for a free account at  You can also catch the replays right after the big races at   Calracing has live coverage of races - Will need to register  Check frequently at DRF as they live stream many of the Derby Preps and marquee races:

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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