Friday, May 25, 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. 

An American tradition, we pause to remember and give thanks to those who have purchased our freedom with the ultimate sacrifice.  On Memorial Day the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.  The half-staff position remembers those who have given their lives in the service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

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 Triple Crown.  DRF: Week 21 - May 25 2012   He covers the week that was as well as looking toward the upcoming weekend. 

BRISNET Past Performances for Monday, May 28

Jerry Bailey will mentor Mario for the Belmont
I'll Have Another gallops at Belmont
DRF: Belmont Stakes page, including entries & pps
DRF's special page for I'll Have Another
Past performances for each probable entry in Belmont
Bill Dwyre - LA Times: Mario Gutierrez rides fame with modesty
Beyer: Defining moment for I'll Have Another in Preakness
ESPN: "Another" on the verge of history
Steve Haskin recaps the Preakness
Steve Haskin - Lava Man revisited
VIDEO - Team O'Neill's secret weapon - Lava Man
VIDEO - Lava Man's second day on the job as Lead Pony - April 7, 2012

VIDEO - Kentucky Derby replay
VIDEO - Kentucky Derby replay, race analysis
VIDEO - Triple Crown Insider - Jon & Joel recap Kentucky Derby

VIDEO - Preakness replay
VIDEO - Preakness overhead replay and race analysis
VIDEO - Preakness Day - post-race wrap, interviews
VIDEO - Preakness Day, Preakness and Under cards
VIDEO - Triple Crown Insider - Jon & Joel recap Preakness

 Under each race description below, in addition to the card, in most instances, there are links to read more about a particular race and the runners.

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!

Note:  Times may fluctuate.  All times adjusted for EDT
TTimes: Full cards for weekend stakes races 
Simple time ordered list of races below:  Click here

NOTE:  I have moved Saturday's and Sunday's races BELOW Monday's races for ease of viewing for today, Memorial Day.

Monday, May 28 - Happy Memorial Day!

BRISNET Past Performances for Monday, May 28

4:06 ET Sands Point S |G2| Belmont| $200,000| 3yo| f| 1 1/16 miT |Race 7
CARD   Somali Lemonade seeks to regain winning form in Sands Point

4:40 ET Ogden Phipps H |G1| Belmont| $400,000| 3&up| f&m| 1 1/16 mi |Race 8
 CARD   Awesome Maria main star in Ogden Phipps
DRF: Handicapping Preview VIDEO with Dan Illman-Mike Beer
Awesome Maria has won 6 in a row, including Ogden Phipps last year.  It's Tricky could be at least "almost" as good as Awesome Maria.  This race could provide a picture of where It's Tricky stands against her generation.

4:48 ET Violet S |G3| Monmouth| $100,000| 3&up| f&m| 1 1/16 miT |Race 9

5:14 ET Acorn S |G1| Belmont| $300,000| 3yo| f| 1 mi |Race 9
CARD      On Fire Baby leads Acorn probables
DRF: Handicapping Preview VIDEO with Dan Illman, Mike Beer
DRF: Albertrani optimistic impressive can get job done

5:47 ET Metropolitan H |G1| Belmont| $750,000| 3&up| 1 mi |Race 10
CARD   No pushovers in strong Metropolitan Handicap
DRF Handicapping preview VIDEO Dan Illman, Mike Beer
Shackleford, To Honor and Serve, Jackson Bend, Caixa Eletronica, Jeranimo, Boys at Tosconova, Caleb's Posse   HRN:  Past performances for Met Mile    Ten things to know about the Met Mile
DRF: Jackson Bend ready for the Met Mile   DRF: Belmont Met Mile powerful Six Pack

6:19 ET Lone Star Park H |G3| Lone Star Park| $300,000| 3&up| 1 1/16 mi |Race 9

7:15 ET Berkeley H |G3| Golden Gate Fields| $100,000| 4&up| 1 1/16 mi |Race 7

7:41 ET Los Angeles H |G3| Hollywood Park| $100,000| 3&up| 6f |Race 8

8:11 ET Gamely S |G1| Hollywood Park| $250,000| 3&up| f&m| 1 1/8 miT |Race 9
CARD   Cambina and Nereid dead-heated in the G1 American Oaks last year

You can click on the CARD below and watch a replay of the race:
Saturday, May 26
3:22 ET My Juliet S | Parx| $150,000| 3&up| f&m| 6f |Race 8

4:34 ET Sheepshead Bay S |G2| Belmont| $200,000| 3&up| f&m| 1 3/8 miT |Race 8
BHorse: CARD - REPLAY VIDEO        Past Performances - Sheepshead By S
Aruna, Hit It Rich, Aqsaam   Aruna looks to get back on beam in Sheepshead
That Handicapping Show Tom Lamarra & Evan Hammonds - VIDEO   They never mention Aqsaam....she is not getting any respect....hope she wins this one in fine fashion

5:16 ET Arlington Matron S |G3| AP| $150,000| 3&up| f&m| 1 1/8 mi |Race 7
 CARD - REPLAY VIDEO  Upperline looks to double luck at Arlington

5:25 ET Louisville H |G3| CD| $100,000a| 3&up| 1 1/2 miT |Race 10
CARD - REPLAY VIDEO   BHorse:  Simmard going for second graded win this year

5:48 ET Arlington Classic S |Arlington| $125,000| 3yo| 1 1/16 miT |Race 8
BHorse: CARD - REPLAY VIDEO     Speedy Silver Max tops Arlinton Classic
Hero of Order, Slamit, Najjaar, Silver Max
Silver Max adds Arlington Classic to streak

5:48 ET Skip Away S | Monmouth | $75,000 | 3yo+| 1 1/16 mi |Race 11
CARD - REPLAY VIDEO   Joe Vann, Norman Asbjornson, Pants On Fire

7:40 ET American H |G2| Hollywood Park| $150,000| 3&up| 1 miT |Race 8
BHorse: CARD - REPLAY VIDEO    Mr. Commons heads a field of 11 in the American H

Sunday, May 27
2:58 ET Mount Vernon S | Belmont |$125,000| 3yo up | 1 mi | Race 5

4:02 ET Kingston S |Belmont| $125,000| 3 yo up | 1 mi|Race 7

5:18 ET Monmouth Beach S| Monmouth| $75,000| 3&up| f&m| 8.32f |Race 10

5:48 ET Little Silver S | Monmouth| $60,000| 3yo| f| 1 miT |Race 11

7:40 ET Great Lady M S |Hollywood Park| $70,000a| 3&up| f&m| 6fT |Race 8
CARD   Mizdirection

8:39 ET Seattle H| Emerald Downs| $50,000| 3yo| f| 6.5f |Race 8

International - Japan
Sunday, May 27
2:40 a.m.  ET Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby)| |G1|Tokyo| $3,912,500usd|3yo c&f|1 1/2 miT |R10

Japan Derby - Barrier Draw - CARD  
Japan Derby - Comments from horse connections      Past Performances
Preview and Early Favorites profiles      Data analysis

Time ?           Meguro Kinen |Jpn-G2| Tokyo| $706,215| 4&up| 1 9/16 miT |Race 12
CARD    Past Performances 

NOTES: In the Japanese Derby, scheduled for Sunday, May 27, only one horse of the 18 entries does not have Sunday Silence in their bloodline. 14 runners have Sunday Silence as their grandsire; 3 runners have Sunday Silence as the Dam’s Sire. Deep Impact -- probably the most prolific of Sunday Silence’s sons, and who was Japan’s 2005 undefeated Triple Crown winner, HOY 2005-2006, and who holds the world record for 3200 meters (just under 2 mi) at 3:13.40 -- has 7 sons with progeny running in the Japanese Derby. Other sons include Stay Gold (2 entries) and 5 other sons have 1 each progeny in the race. With over $800,000,000 in progeny earnings, Sunday Silence is the most prolific and successful sire in history. Even discounting the large Japanese purses, his record is quite remarkable and we will be able to see his sons and daughters far into the future.

Hansen trains for the Woody Stephens S June 9 at Belmont
Hansen breezes at Fair Hill

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
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:

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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