Friday, February 6, 2015

Jan 7-8, 2015

LET'S GO TO THE RACES  Feb 7-8, 2015

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Three Year Old division
Two Derby prep races take place on Saturday.  Dortmund and Firing Line are the favorites for the Robert Lewis at Santa Anita, and El Kabeir will be the highweight for the Withers at Aqueduct.  Derby points worth 10-4-2-1 to the top four finishers are up for grabs for each of these contests.  Matt Bernier and Dan Illman handicap the Robert Lewis
Older Horse division
Billed as a rematch but only their second meeting will be at Santa Anita Saturday for the $500,000 Grade 2 San Antonio Invitational , newly crowned Horse of the Year California Chrome and Shared Belief will square off with another 4 year old hoping to play spoiler, Hoppertunity, trying to have a say.  Matt Bernier and Dan Illman video handicapping this race
At Gulfstream, a lineup of 10 older horses will contest the $500,000 Grade 1 Donn Handicap, including Constitution (Tapit), Commissioner (A.P.Indy), and Lea ( is the defending champ, and will likely be the one to beat.  Matt Bernier and Dan Illman of DRF handicap this race Donn Handicap - Video     Lea in good form coming into Donn
The Jockey Club on Fox launches its 2015 focus on the handicap division with a two-hour broadcast, beginning Saturday at 5:30 Eastern Standard Time.

Case for (and against) California Chrome in the San Antonio Stakes
Hopportunity seeks to spoil San Antonio party
Steve Haskin:  Chrome and Belief ready for battle
Shared Belief ready for San Antonio


BloodHorse That Handicapping Show - video - San Antonio
Around the World - Class of 2014 ready to hit the track again
British runners abroad hit an all-time hight but not because of North America

What happened last weekend - Complete wrap up

Triple Crown - Kentucky Derby
TCI Insider - Jon & Joel discuss the Withers and the Robert Lewis, two races with qualifying Kentucky Derby points 10-4-2-1
Jeremy Plonk's Countdown to the Crown
Courier-Journal's national media Kentucky Derby poll
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen - Feb. 3
Texas Red:  How a second place horse can still be first
Derby Watch

Note:  After a race has been completed, check back here at the CARD below for a results and video replay.


Time ordered races / entries - printable file

Race index

International - Hong Kong
3:35 a.m. EST Centenary Vase H, Sha Tin, US$354,75, 3yo+, 1800mT  R8  CARD
Hong Kong Horse of the Year, Designs on Rome, shows class in a just-in-time thrilling finishRace result and replay

Some horses familiar to western racing fans include Designs on Rome, California Memory, Helene Super Star (War Front) .  Military Attack was scheduled but has been scratched.
Low weights gunning for high weights in the Centenary Vase

North America
1:43 ET  Toboggan S G3  Aqu  $150,000 4+  6f  R3  CARD
4:13 ET  Withers S G3  Aqu  $250,000 3yo  8.5f   R8  CARD *  HRTV Replay
4:28 ET  Suwannee River S G3  GP  $150,000 4+ f/m  9f T  R10  CARD
4:58 ET  Fred W. Hooper H G3  GP  $100,000 4+  8f    R11  CARD
5:28 ET  Gulfstream Park Turf H G1  GP  $300,000 4+  9f T  R12  CARD HRTV Replay
5:30 ET  Robert B. Lewis S G3  SA  $200,000 3yo  8.5f    R5  CARD *  HRTV Replay
5:38 ET  King Cotton S  OP  $100,000 4+  6f    R8  CARD
5:58 ET  Donn H G1  GP  $500,000 4+  9f     R13  CARD  HRTV Replay
6:30 ET  San Marcos S G2  SA  $200,000 4+  10f T    R7  CARD   HRTV Replay
7:00 ET  San Antonio S G2  SA  $500,000 4+  9f    R8  CARD  HRTV Replay
* Kentucky Derby qualifying points = 10-4-2-1

Constitution Fends Off Defending Champ Lea in Donn Thriller: TDN Rising Star Constitution (c, 4, Tapit) fends off defending GI Donn H. champ Lea (First Samurai) in a thriller
Candy Ride's Shared Belief Too Much for 'Chrome': Shared Belief (Candy Ride {Arg}) too much for Horse of the Year California Chrome in GII San Antonio
Los Al Futurity Replay: Unbeaten Dortmund Outbattles Firing Line in a Wild One: As advertised: Dortmund (Big Brown) fights back to secure GIII Robert B. Lewis over Firing Line (Line of David)
Blame's Far From Over Overcomes Bad Stumble at Start for Dramatic Score: Far From Over (r, 3, Blame) overcomes a dramatic stumble at the start to impressively annex the GIII Withers S.

More on today's races
Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap - DRF video
El Kabeir looks to take next step in Withers
Dortmund gets campaign started in Lewis

Louisiana Premier Night - Delta Downs
Sunbean to defend Permier Night Championship

6:57 ET  LPN Sprint  DeD  $100,000 4+ S  5f     R2  CARD
8:24 ET  LPN Starlet  DeD  $125,000 3yo f S  7f    R5  CARD
9:24 ET  LPN Prince  DeD  $125,000 3yo S  7f     R7  CARD
9:54 ET  LPN Distaff  DeD  $150,000 4+ f/m S  8f  R8  CARD 
10:24 ET  LPN Matron  DeD  $100,000 4+ f/m S  5f  R9  CARD 
10:54 ET  LPN Championship  DeD  $200,000 4+ S  8.5f  R10  CARD 


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