Friday, February 8, 2013

February 9-10

February 9-10

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.


There are a couple of preps for the KENTUCKY OAKS:  the MARTHA WASHINGTON (click here) at Oaklawn, and the CALIFORNIA OAKS (click here) at Golden Gate fields.

No official Derby preps this weekend, but take a break, pull up a chair, and get set for some of the best racing you are likely to see all year. No kidding! With over $1 Million in purses for 4 graded stakes races, including two Grade 1s, the lineup at Gulfstream looks to knock your socks off with some top notch older horses!

One of the most interesting and exciting races we are likely to see all year will be a part of the Gulfstream Park line up on Saturday!  DRF will live stream the full card at Gulfstream. 

"It's not every day you see a 7-year-old horse and an 8-year-old horse competing in a grade I stakes. In fact, it's rare to see accomplished horses that age running anywhere in this era of horses being rushed off to stud....In fact, it's pretty unusual in that not one of the 10 horses entered is a gelding."

Steve Haskin sets the table for us for the $500,000 GRADE 1 DONN HANDICAP, Race 11, at Gulfstream. He's talking about FLAT OUT, POOL PLAY, TAKE CHARGE INDY, BOURBON COURAGE, ULTIMATE EAGLE, CSABA, FAST FALCON and three others. Old Timers Flat Out, Pool Play clash in Donn    Donn has 10 entrants, Csaba, Take Charge Indy draw wide    Mike Watchmaker makes the case for Bourbon Courage in the Donn

ANIMAL KINGDOM and POINT OF ENTRY start off the festivities in the $300,000 Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf H in Race 8. Animal Kingdom vs. Point of Entry in GP Turf Handicap  Andrew Beyer: Animal Kingdom being given chance to make history

Next up, BAHAMIAN SQUALL and FORT LOUDON head up the Grade 3 $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship. Watchmaker makes the case for Fort Loudon in the Sprint C'ship

The fillies/mares get in the act in the Grade 3 $150,000 SUWANNEE RIVER S with INGLORIOUS the 2011 Queen's Plate winner, and ROMACACA, whose last win was in December in the South Beach S.       Romacaca heads Suwannee River Stakes

To cap off the day will be the Grade 2 $150,000 SAN MARCOS at Santa Anita, set to go off at 7:38 EST, with a full field of 14 including RICHARD'S KID and SLIM SHADEY, ridden by Hall of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens, who will be looking for his first stakes win in his comeback. Slim Shadey hopes to stand up in San Marcos  Mike Watchmaker makes a case for an Argentine transplant to Ron McAnally's barn (remember Suggestive Boy?), INTERACTION, along with RICHARD'S KID. Interaction can step up in the San Marcos

Thoroughbred Racing Roundup - Feb. 4, 2013

Jeremy Plonk's Horseplayer Now Jeremy Plonk's Derby Prep schedule
Road to the Derby: Prep races, replays, leaderboard

TRIPLE CROWN: Source guide to lists of Derby qualifying races, standings, handicapping tools
DUBAI: Source Guide for Dubai World Cup Carnival


Races listed below in time ordered format with cards.  Come back after the race is run, click on the Card link and watch the replay at BloodHorse's results and video page.


4:18 ET  Dearly Precious S, Aqu, $75,000g, 3yo f, 6f  R9 CARD
 Note. Aqueduct cards cancelled for Friday & Saturday due to weather.
4:01 ET  Gulfstream Park Turf H , G1, GP, $300,000g, 4&up, 9f (turf) R8 CARD
4:29 ET  Gulfstream Park Sprint G3, GP, $150,000g, 4&up, 7f  R9  CARD
4:59 ET  Suwannee River S, G3, GP, $150,000g, 4&up, f/m, 9f (turf)  R10 CARD
5:11 ET Donn H G1, GP, $500,000g, 4&up, 9f R11 CARD
5:38 ET  Martha Washington S, Oaklawn, $75,000g, 3yo f, 8f  R8  CARD 
6:45 ET California Oaks, GGF, $50,000a, 3yo f, 8.5f R7 CARD 
7:38 ET  San Marcos S, G2, SA, $150,000g, 4&up, 1 1/4 miT, R9  CARD
Bold = Kentucky Oaks prep

More on today's races:
Brad Thomas, Kenny Peck preview Saturday's races - VIDEO
4:29 Bahamian Squall heads GP Sprint Championship
4:59 Suwannee River Preview - VIDEO
5:11 Donn Handicap Preview - Watchmaker - VIDEO   Donn H Preview - Illman/Beer - VIDEO
5:38 Rose To Gold heads Martha Washington with Kentucky Oaks goal
        Liberty Girl faces Rose To Gold in Martha Washington
6:45 Eleven entered in the California Oaks
7:38 Slim Shadey hopes to stand up in San Marcos

1:26 ET Java Gold S, Aqu, $75,000g, 3yo, 6f R3 CARD
5:05 ET  Hurricane Bertie S, G3, GP, $150,000g, 4&up, f/m, 6.5f  CARD
7:07 ET  Wishing Well S, SA, $75,000, 4+, f/m, 6.5f  R8  CARD

More on today's races:
5:05 Emma's Encore is Hurricane Bertie highweight

For a peek at the cards for most of the above races listed all on one page in time ordered format:  Entries by race in time ordered format  Includes some nice Australian races

Minor races for three year olds:
Below, at the bottom of this post, there are several races for 3 year olds, that, although they aren't official preps, they certainly could figure in getting a horse ready to go into some points races.  Each race listed shows the Triple Crown nominated horses running in that particular race.

Bill Finley: Wise Dan vs. Little Mike - What a show that would be!
Excerpt: The right spot for the two to meet is the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs. It's a rich race ($500,000), a Grade 1, takes place on a huge stage and the distance (1 1/8 miles) suits both. Little Mike will be stabled at Churchill Downs and Wise Dan will be just down the road at Keeneland.  Who would win? I honestly don't know. But I sure would like to find out.
Beyer: Animal Kingdom being given chance to make history
Churchill remains comfortable with points system - Podcast
Coolmore buys interest in unbeaten Verrazano
Steve Haskin Derby Dozen Update - 2-5-13
Who's hot, who's not - Feb 6, 2013 - Jay Privman 
Kentucky Derby nominations
Full brother to Frankel foaled
Believe You Can targets New Orleans Ladies
Chasing Points - More on the Derby points system - Eric Mitchell
Kentucky Derby Top 20 - Watchmaker/Privman 
Santa Anita weights key for Clubhouse Ride in Santa Anita Handicap
Discreet Dancer returns a winner Feb 6 at Gulfstream (Video) 
John Nerud's 100th birthday: Looking back on a proud career
Las Virgenes may get Beholder but no Executiveprivilege
2012: How horse racing became cool! (Great Britain)

While there are no official Derby points available this weekend, there are some races for 3 year olds around the country featuring Derby nonimees, all on Saturday:

AQ R4, 8f allw, 1:54 ET  CARD - Note. Aqueduct cards cancelled for Friday & Saturday
1 TC nominee:  Elnaawi

GP R5, 6.5f allw, 2:37 ET  CARD
4 TC nominees: Almost English, Declan's Warrior, Little Distorted, Park City
Perhaps the most-watched 3-year-old race of the weekend

GP R6, 8.5f, MSW, 3:05 ET  CARD
6 TC nominees: Dyker Beach, Freedom Child, Saint Vigeur, Tapulous, Wabbajack, War Dancer

GP R7, 8.5f(T), allw, 3:35 ET  CARD
5 TC nominees:  Israal, Jack Milton, Prado Cat, Pyrite Mountain, Track Rocker

LRL R8, Miracle Wood, 3:55 ET CARD
3 TC nominees:  Vegas No Show, Dynamic Strike, West Hills Giant

FG R7, 8.5f MSW (T), 4:55 ET  CARD
2 TC nominees:  Dorsett, Perfect Title

SA R4, 9f(T) MSW, 5:03 ET  CARD
TC nominees:  King's Giant, Perfect, Syndicated

GP R12, 8.5f(T) MSW, 5:59 ET  CARD
3 TC nominees:  Harrythenavigator, Moro Tap, The Man Himself

FG R10, 6f allw, 6:25 ET  CARD
1 TC nominee:  Carson's Crown

SA R7, 6f MSW, 6:36 ET  CARD

5 TC nominees:  Bench Press, Joelito, Tortola, Way Best, Zee Bros

Read more about these three year old races at The Downey Profile:
Downey Profile - Lots of Triple Crown nominees racing on Saturday No points available, but lots of TC nominees running this weekend.

Racing calendar - upcoming stakes - BloodHorse

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