The Saturday Special – May 18

All roads point to Baltimore. Well, at least the long and winding road that leads to and through the American Triple Crown. The Preakness Stakes goes for the 149th time Saturday at Old Hilltop. Maybe it doesn’t pack the punch of the Kentucky Derby, or lack the occasional sizzle of the Belmont Stakes if there’s … Read more

Gun Song answers questions in Black-Eyed Susan victory

Mark Hennig took a spot among the owners’ box seats above the winner’s circle at Pimlico Race Course, watched the early and middle stages of the 100th renewal of the Grade 2 George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and loved what he saw. “I haven’t seen a replay yet, but I was happy to see … 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

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

Twenty-five and counting

Walking through the entrance gates at Churchill Downs Friday felt in stark contrast to what it was like back on May 2, 1998. That day marked Kentucky Derby No. 1 and helped fulfill a personal goal to be on the scene of America’s greatest race. How it came about has been well told, especially so … Read more