Nothing like a Saturday. The 3-year-old picture begins to take shape at Fair Grounds. Laurel Park offers stellar winter action. Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita and everywhere in between – there is something for everyone.
With the weather decimating proper National Hunt racing at Newbury and Warwick and inspections called for the jump card at Naas and the all-weather (really?) card at Lingfield, perhaps, you can sleep in for a change. The good news is Warwick has rescheduled to Monday and Newbury aims at next Sunday. We’ll keep you posted. At best, Saturday could offer flat racing at Lingfield and Wolverhampton and jumping at Naas but stay tuned. As for America, there is plenty of stakes action coast to coast.
Here’s your Saturday Special.
Name of the Day. Kosciuszko. Aqueduct, first race. The man, the bridge, the salute, the drive makes us think of summer. Oh, come on, summer.
Naas. Race 1. 7:35. Competitive maiden hurdle opens the card. Hopefully, opens the card.
Lingfield. Race 3. 7:50. Give ‘Em The Slip and Gurkha Girl have shown talent in their brief careers. Ryan Moore takes the helm on Gurkha Girl. The purse? $7,000.
Lingfield. Race 4. 8:25. Passionova showed some potential in her debut, she’ll be a bit of a price for our old friend George Baker in this fillies novice.
Naas. Race 3. 8:40. The once indomitable Shattered Love, a winner of 12 of 32 races and over $400,000, takes on four rivals in the Opera Hat Mares’ Chase.
Lingfield. Race 5. 9:00. Just four runners in this handicap sprint, but three of them are riding win streaks and the fourth, Twilight Heir, is no slouch. Interesting race.
Take the dog for a walk, order the flowers for Sunday, fire up the griddle.
Fair Grounds. Race 1. 1:00. Solid group of 3-year-old fillies open the card. Perfect Limit, a daughter of Shadwell Mile winner Perfect Soul and millionaire Two Item Limit, breaks from the rail for Charles Fipke and Dallas Stewart.
Tampa Bay Downs. Race 3. 1:18. Heiressall totes 8-5 favoritism into the Minaret.
Laurel Park. Race 3. 1:23. Subsidize ships in from New York to take on the locals, Maythehorsebwithu and Kenny Had A Notion, in the Miracle Wood, the first stakes on a strong Maryland card.
Gulfstream Park. Race 1. 1:36. Junior Alvarado should win this on Spungie for Bill Mott. We talked about what it was like to ride for Mott, Jerkens (Allen and Jimmy) and everything else with Alvarado on In the Room on HRRN. Listen here Saturday morning.
Wolverhampton. Race 5. 1:45. Shenu showed promise in his debut for David Simcock. Rick Violette would be proud of the son of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Gitchee Goomie. Trained by our old friend, Gitchee Goomie won seven races for $680,520 before becoming a broodmare. She’s sold five times since.
Laurel Park. Race 4. 1:53. Cordmaker aims at win number nine in the John B. Campbell. The Maryland-bred needs his best to usurp New York shipper Bankit.
Wolverhampton. Race 6. 2:15. Nothing like a field of hard-hitting sprinting veterans. Venturous, 8, owns nine wins. Royal Birth, 10, has struck 13 times. Tone The Barone, 5, sports eight wins. The other four in the Betway Handicap have combined to win 23 races.
Laurel Park. Race 5. 2:23. Lucky Stride looks like a lock in the Nellie Morse. The eight-time winner at Camarero won the Wayward Lass in her most recent start for Mike Trombetta and Sonata Stable.
Fair Grounds. Race 4. 2:33. Royalty. Alejandro, a son of Curlin and Rachel’s Valentina, is on the cusp of graduation.
Gulfstream Park. Race 6. 2:34. Leinster returns for Rusty Arnold in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint. Remember him from the Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour? You should, he scored in his stakes debut right after making the tour.
Laurel Park. Race 6. 2:53. Nine tough 3-year-old fillies clash in the Wide Country.
Aqueduct. Race 5. 2:55. Funny old game, you respect and admire good, old, sound horses while worrying about good, old, sound horses. Twisted Tom, a winner of nearly $900,000, goes out for Bruce Levine in this tough optional claimer.
Fair Grounds. Race 5. 3:05. Full field of 3-year-old maidens on the turf. If on the turf.
Gulfstream Park. Race 7. 3:10. Take the tour. Tour Of Duty. By War Front. Out of Sabbatical. Owned by Peter Brant and Phipps Stable. Makes you take a double take when seeing Phipps Stable and trainer Chad Brown on the same line of a program page.
Laurel Park. Race 7. 3:23. Dontletsweetfoolya rides a five-race win streak into the Runhappy Barbara Fritchie. Of course, Hello Beautiful rides a three-race win streak into it, too.
Aqueduct. Race 6. 3:24. Todd Pletcher unveils Tough Workout in this $70,000 maiden. Our man Kendrick Carmouche takes the call on the son of Outwork who has been working steadily at Palm Beach Downs. Listen to Carmouche on In The Room.
Laurel Park. Race 8. 3:53. Jockey Feargal Lynch gets back to action after a long stint on the sidelines. He rides Majestic Dunhill for George Weaver in the General George, one of three stakes mounts for the veteran jockey.
Fair Grounds. Race 7. 4:11. The stakes show starts here with the Colonel Power. Extravagant Kid tries to eclipse the $1 million mark. Turned Aside, a $725,000 purchase from Paul Pompa’s estate, makes his debut for Mark Casse.
Tampa Bay Downs. Race 9. 4:19. Edgemont Road, Zenden and Fireman Oscar finished 1-2-3 in an allowance race Jan. 15. They rumble again in the Pelican.
Gulfstream Park. Race 10. 4:44. Well, hello again II or III. The undefeated Structor returns for his first race since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in 2019.
Fair Grounds. Race 9. 5:12. The Albert M. Stall Memorial. Come on Dalika. One time for the Stalls.
Gulfstream Park. Race 11. 5:16. Another stakes on a stakes-filled Saturday. Mischevious Alex makes his second start for Saffie Joseph in the Gulfstream Park Sprint.
Fair Grounds. Race 10. 5:44. The undefeated Maxfield looks strong in the Mineshaft.
Fair Grounds. Race 11. 6:16. Set Piece found a niche at Turfway Park this winter. The son of Dansili takes it on the road for the Fair Grounds Stakes.
Fair Grounds. Race 12. 6:47. Travel Column and Clairiere, 1-2 in the Golden Rod, square off again in the Rachel Alexandra.
Fair Grounds. Race 13. 7:18. OK, Derby watchers, pull out the notebooks, the sheets, the eyes and the ears for the Risen Star. Stellar renewal of a key race on the road to Louisville.
Santa Anita. Race 8. 7:20. Fair Maiden goes for back-to-back graded stakes wins in the Grade 2 Santa Monica. The Godolphin homebred upset the Grade 1 La Brea in her most recent start for Eoin Harty.
Charles Town. Race 2. 7:32. One of our hunch plays is farm-to-track. Nor Per Ours makes her first start since leaving Bonita Farm and living at Charles Town. Sometimes that’s the oracle, the daughter of Norumbega is a big price here.
Golden Gate Fields. Race 8. 7:37. Keep taking notes. The El Camino Real Derby offers $100,000 for nine talented but somewhat unproven 3-year-olds. Remember Rombauer from the Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour? You should have, he paid $35.40 in his debut.
Turfway Park. Race 7. 9:16. Nothing like an allowance race at Turfway Park. Royal Ascot starter Chili Petin and Alcibiades starter Sequin put un a public work for Wesley Ward. Deshawn Park, winner of 5,837 races, takes the call on Sequin. Did you know Parker is 22nd on the all-time win list? Yup, right there, between Jerry Bailey and Mike Smith.