Mugatu takes Engler to Preakness

You like underdogs? Need somebody to cheer for in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course? Say hello to Mugatu. He cost $14,000, took five starts to break his maiden, was excluded from the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago and shipped in from Ohio’s Belterra Park. Trainer Jeff Engler, whose career began in 2009 after … Read more

Radnor steeplechase picks and preview

And then there was one. The spring National Steeplechase Association season sets the parking brake Saturday with the Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern, Pa. The suburban Philadelphia meet always draws a crowd – pack the tailgate – and benefits the land preservation efforts of the Brandywine Conservancy. The racing offers one last chance to win … Read more

Black-Eyed Susan Day stakes picks

The Triple Crown season makes its annual swing through Maryland this weekend for Saturday’s 149th Preakness Stakes and a stakes-heavy card kicks things into gear Friday. The Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan and Grade 3 Pimlico Special take center stage at Pimlico Race Course, with first post set for 11:30 a.m. ET. That’s an hour later … Read more

The Saturday Special – May 11

With the 150th Kentucky Derby in the books, it’s time to turn our attention to the Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville with Preakness 149 right around the corner. That’s right, the jumpers head to Tennessee for the spring’s biggest meet and we have all the picks and a preview right here. We’re a week out from … Read more

Iroquois meet highlights double steeplechase weekend

Pack up the traps and hit the road, again. The jump circuit goes on the road Saturday – north to Pennsylvania for Willowdale and south to Tennessee for the Iroquois. Fourteen races make up the schedule. Post time is 1 p.m. (central for Iroquois; eastern for Willowdale). Watch them via livestream on the NSA website. … Read more

Here & There – May 6

Kentucky Derby 150 in the books – and the Oaks, too – and a spectacular showing for trainer Kenny McPeek and jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. They swept, in case you missed either, with Thorpedo Anna in the Oaks and Mystik Dan in the Derby. We’re ready to close the book and turn the page if … Read more

Derby Thriller: Mystik Dan, team add to race’s rich history

They came for a horse race. Sure, they came for history and a party, too, but really it’s still about the race. All 156,710 strong that turned out and packed every corner of Churchill Downs from the infield grass to Millionaire’s Row. They partied. They imbibed. They danced. They chanted. All of that, all really … Read more

The Saturday Special – May 4

May 4. May the 4th. May the fourth be with you, and all that. Better yet, the 150th Kentucky Derby. That seems to have a better ring. Who’s ready? Our team for sure, we’ve got handicapping here on the site and another packed installment of The Saturday Special to prime the pump for the big … Read more

Thorpedo Anna goes all the way in Kentucky Oaks

Brian Hernandez Jr. walked onto the grounds of Churchill Downs Friday morning, cameraman in tow and following every move, and reached the door to the stairs leading the jockeys’ room. With no security nearby, Hernandez grabbed the handle, swung open the door and headed in, almost anonymously as the early arrivals filed in for the … Read more

Kentucky Derby Day stakes picks

Here we go, the 150th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. America’s oldest continuously run sporting event always packs a punch and the 2024 renewal figures to follow suit with a loaded field featuring nearly all of the major prep winners. The gang is mostly all here, in Louisville, to soak up mint juleps, sing My … Read more