It's Super Saturday in Dubai and yet another weekend of sorting out Kentucky Derby candidates in the United States.
Handicap horses, including the defending Breeders' Cup Classic champ, get going in Arkansas and Florida. Kentucky Oaks hopefuls will be on display in those very same states while last year's Oaks winner is in action in Louisiana. Tampa Bay Downs has an internationally flavored grass race. And Santa Anita has ladies sprinting.
Among the current Derby favorites, GOLDENCENTS and FLASHBACK are in action in California; Verrazano in Florida.
Goldencents and Flashback headline a cast of eight for Saturday's $300,000, Grade II San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita.
Meanwhile, back in Florida, nine are entered for Saturday's $350,000, Grade II Tampa Bay Derby. Many will be watching the Todd Pletcher-trained VERRAZANO, who comes off a 10 1/4-lengths allowance win at Gulfstream Park.
Oaks candidates: Nine are entered for Saturday's $150,000, Grade III Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park in scenic Hot Springs, Arkansas. Rose to Gold finished second as the favorite in the local Martha Washington in her last start but before that won the Grade III Delta Downs Princess. Sister Ginger, the upset winner in the Martha Washington, will try to repeat. Read more at source
Big day for racing in Dubai, Super Saturday. Please see separate blog post for all details relating to this important day of racing. Races will take place starting at 8:05 a.m. EST. First time in the history of the World Cup Carnival that American horses show up for the final day of preps for the World Cup, scheduled for March 30. Dubai Super Saturday - American shippers Little Mike & Dullahan prep for World Cup Day
Jon and Joel discuss two of the headliner races, the San Felipe and the Tampa Bay Derby
Separate blog post for DUBAI SATURDAY RACING - click here
Jeremy Plonk's COUNTDOWN TO THE CROWN - Week 10
Jeremy Plonk's Horseplayer Now Jeremy Plonk's Derby Prep schedule
Haskin's Derby Dozen March 4, 2013
Haskin's On the Derby Trail: Unlikely story of Vyjack
The Downey Profile
Free look-up of info on N.A. horses, racing history, trainer info, etc.: Equibase
If you are serious about keeping up with the horses, standings, race outcomes, etc. on the Derby Trail, don't miss the recap by Jeremy Plonk at DRF. Road to the Derby: Prep races, replays, leaderboard Scroll down under the Point Standings to a list of the Derby Prep races. Click on the race, and read Jeremy's re-capS. Very enlightening, because Jeremy points out things I would never see. We are moving into the next phase of the preps, where the points to be earned will put the winner in the starting gate of the KY Derby, and the secondary points to the next three finishers can earn some important points as well. From Feb. 23 thru March 24 is the first leg of the Championship Series in which the races will be worth 85 points, with 50 pts to the winner, and 20-10-5 to the next 3 finishers. See Jeremy Plonk's Derby Prep schedule
For info on the Oaks prep series, go to the Kentucky Derby Oaks site: http://www.kentuckyderby.com/
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. May take 20+ minutes for replay to show up.
ENTRIES in Time Ordered Format - includes Australia Dubai Entries
Time Ordered LIST of Races - List includes Dubai and Australia
Bold = Derby/Oaks prep
After the race has run, you can come back here, click on the CARD, to watch a replay.
Free PPs for most of these races - click here
4:45 ET Hillsborough S, G3, Tampa Bay, $150,000g, 4&up, f/m, 9fT R9 CARD
4:52 ET Fred "Cappy" Capossela S, Aqu, $100,000g, 3yo, 6f, R9 CARD
4:53 ET Private Terms S, Laurel, $100,000g, 3yo, 9f, R10 CARD
4:58 ET New Orleans Ladies S, FG, $150,000g, 4&up, f/m, 8.5f, R7 CARD
5:09 ET Honeybee S, G3, Oaklawn, $150,000g, 3yo f, 8.5f R7 CARD
5:15 ET Tampa Bay Derby, G2, Tampa Bay, $350,000g, 3yo, 8.5f R10 CARD
5:35 ET Gulfstream Park H, G2, GP, $300,000g, 4&up, 8f R10 CARD
5:57 ET Duncan F. Kenner S, FG, $150,000g, 3&up, 6f, R9 CARD
6:09 ET Razorback Hp, G3, Oaklawn, $150,000g, 4&up, 8.5f R9 CARD
6:35 ET San Felipe S, G2, $300,000g, 3yo, 8.5f R7 CARD
More info on today's races:
5:09 Flashy Gray and Brethren have Mike Smith aboard at Oaklawn
5:15 PPs for Tampa Bay Derby
Rosario to ride Dynamic Sky in Tampa Derby
Mark Casse has live one in Dynamic Sky in Tampa Bay Derby
Tampa Bay Derby major prep for Kentucky Derby
5:35 Fort Larned, Fort Loudon clash in Gulfstream Park Handicap
6:35 Flashback leads San Felipe workers
7:07 ET Las Flores S, G3, SA, $100,000g, 4&up, f/m, 6.5f R8 CARD
More info on today's races:
Teddy's Promise in sharp form for Las Flores
Dubai : See Separate blog post for DUBAI SATURDAY RACING
Melbourne Cup champion Green Moon headlines an outstanding list of Super Saturday fields.
Saturday's blockbuster meeting at Flemington features two of Australia's biggest Group I races - the Australian Cup and Newmarket Handicap.
The Victoria Racing Club fixture will provide the climax to the Melbourne Festival of Racing with more than $3 million in prizemoney on offer across the nine-race card. Three-year-olds SUPER COOL and FIVEANDAHALFSTAR are set to take on Melbourne Cup winner GREEN MOON in the Australian Cup with the field of 13 also including top Perth performer MR MOET, GLASS HARMONIUM and MAWINGO.WA horses are set to play a major role in the Newmarket Handicap as well with dual Group I winner LUCKYGRAY and unbeaten speedster BARAKEY prominent in calculations for the $1 million sprint.
The Peter Moody-trained MOMENT OF CHANGE is the current favourite for the Newmarket after his brilliant second behind Black Caviar when the mare broke the Flemington 1000-metre track record in the Group I Lightning Stakes last start.
A total of 14 acceptances have been taken for the Newmarket Handicap. Read more at source
Ortensia well weighted for Newmarket Handicap
Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon heads Super Saturday at Flemington
Fields and Form online frame Australian Cup Day 2013
Fields for Australia Cup Day Flemington
Lexus Newmarket Handicap - Ortensia, Barakey
Saturday 9th March 2013, Flemington, Victoria Racing Club
11:15 p.m. EST Friday Newmarket Handicap $1,000,000, 1200m, Hcp
Race 6 - Lexus Newmarket Handicap - Entries - Race Info
12:00 Midnight EST $1,000,000 2,000m Weight-for-age
Race 7 - Australian Cup - Entries - Race info
Oaklawn Park: Oxbow, Super Ninety Nine part of big group pointing to Rebel Stakes
Animal Kingdom drills for Dubai
Wood Memorial next on agenda for unbeaten Vyjack
Racing Roundup as of March 4
My Happy Face hit with virus to miss KY Oaks
Interview with champion trainer, John Hawkes (AUS)
Paynter has first workout since recovery
Animal Kingdom web site
Buena Vista Mile no issue for Mizdirection
Mizdirection's plans call for mix of turf sprints, miles
Lumber Guy back for San Carlos at Santa Anita
Igugu on target for return in Balanchine
Haskin: Stevens taking every ride as a gift
Derby prep races, results video replays
Where they're going next - Downey Profile
Fair Grounds: Risen Star attracting horses coast to coast
Bill Finley: Wise Dan vs. Little Mike - What a show that would be!
Beyer: Animal Kingdom being given chance to make history
Churchill remains comfortable with points system - Podcast
Coolmore buys interest in unbeaten Verrazano
Horse Reunion video
GI Santa Margarita S. SA
GII Rebel S. OP
GII San Luis Rey S. SA
GII Honey Fox S. GP
GIII Azeri S. OP