The Saturday Special – March 16

Split divisions of the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes – filling a significant void left by continued postponement of racing at Santa Anita Park – headlines this week’s a slightly abbreviated edition of The Saturday Special.

Cheltenham Day 4: The Gold Cup

Bryony Frost dropped her reins, stood tall in her stirrups, raised both hands to elicit cheers and then did what she always does and reflected all the credit to her horse, pointing both index fingers down toward Frodon’s big bay ears. The crowd roared. And roared. And roared.

Cheltenham: All about Altior

Drama. An overused word on most occasions but so appropriate when it comes to Cheltenham. Each race, each day, it is simply drama.

Cheltenham: Buveur Three

“Blowy.”

That’s the description. The one word description when asked about the weather. Who needs the Weather Channel, it’s accurate. You can hear it. You can see it. The trees are taking sucker punches, bending in half. Relatively dry, though. At least for now. We’ll take that.

The Saturday Special – March 9

Three key Kentucky Derby preps on the East Coast offer the chance to clear the muddled path to the spring classics and a provide at least a brief respite from the serious issues on the West Coast shining the wrong kind of light on the game.