Racing around the world from Beverley in the morning to Charles Town at night. While you're watching, think about the veterans who sacrificed for our freedom. There is nothing more free than watching horse race on Memorial Day Weekend. We are so lucky. Here's your Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud, home of Alternation, Broken Vow and Cowboy Cal, for the beginning of your Memorial Day Weekend.
Beverley. Race 2. 9:25 a.m. Two-year-olds get started early in England, too. Mailshot, a son of Hard Spun, makes his fourth career start. It's May 28.
Haydock. Race 2. 9:35. Another strong card at Haydock, a beacon of strength on the British circuit. George Strawbridge's Journey leads this Group 3 stakes for fillies.
Chester. Race 3. 9:50. The Betway Handicap offers $66,000 for horses rated 0-105. Highweight Best Of Times should keep his career flowing for Godolphin.
Beverley. Race 3. 10:00. Boater, a daughter of Helmet, won her debut but was nabbed by Vona in her next start. She won't get nabbed here.
Haydock. Race 3. 10:10. Home Of The Brave looked strong in his 4-year-old debut. The son of Starspangledbanner looks strong in the Group 3 Timeform Jury Stakes.
Haydock. Race 4. 10:45. The Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes looks like another Godolphin opportunity as Buratino tries to make up for a flop in the Two Thousand Guineas. How do you like Gifted Master? He's 6-for-8 in his career and riding a five-race win streak for Hugo Palmer.
Cartmel. Race 6. Noon. Eshtiaal chased Dawalan to a length in the Grand National in October. Since then, the son of Dynaformer won a 2-mile flat race at Dundalk and managed a fourth over hurdles and a fourth on the flat. He travels to England for this valuable handicap hurdle.
Finger Lakes. Race 1. 1:10 p.m. Crazy game. Massachusetts-bred maidens compete for a $35,000 purse in the opener.
Pimlico. Race 1. 1:10. Two-year-olds kick off the card at Pimlico.
Woodbine. Race 2. 1:35. Fun to see the offspring of Union Rags and Brilliant Speed make their debuts.
Churchill Downs. Race 3. 1:43. Nothing's easy. Strong group of fillies and mares, all with stakes credentials rumble in an allowance test.
Thistledown. Race 4. 2:25. Here's to the veterans on this Memorial Day Weekend. Danger Intention owns 14 wins, Flattermejim sports 16 wins and Nice Shot has registered 15 wins.
Parx Racing. Race 5. 2:43. El Deal, winner of his first four starts for Andrew Lakeman, tries to right the ship in this heady allowance sprint.
Gulfstream Park. Race 4. 2:49. The Gleaming offers a stakes opportunity for three-turn turf horses who stayed south during the summer.
Parx Racing. Race 6. 3:10. Hard-hitting Pennsylvania breds Uncle Dave, Willy d'Rocket and Forward Thinker prep for restricted stakes later in the summer.
Churchill Downs. Race 6. 3:15. Whew, starting to feel old around here, when they start naming stakes after horses you covered. The Keertana. Perhaps, Salama is starting to find her niche for Maria Santa Stable. Annulment has niched her way to $228,622 in earnings and Al's Gal has earned nearly $250,000, they potent strong here.
Monmouth Park. Race 8. 4:10. Memorial Day Weekend on the Jersey Shore. Sounds crowded. Well, head to Monmouth for this allowance race on the turf for fillies and mares.
Churchill Downs. Race 8. 4:19. Class relief. Fillies exiting the Fantasy, Kentucky Oaks and other big-game arenas clash in this allowance test.
Arlington Park. Race 5. 4:19. Won't be many more of these. It's tough to read, "previously trained by Jerkens H Allen" on Sudden Urges' chart as she returns for Carolyn Wilson and Bill Mott.
Monmouth. Race 9. 4:41. The John J. Reilly for New Jersey-breds looks like a sweet spot for Green Gratto to rebound after trying open company from Aqueduct to Laurel to Belmont Park.
Arlington. Race 6. 4:50. History. The 79th running of the Arlington Matron. A competitive group of fillies and mares, including a 1-2 punch of Personal Diary and She's Not Here from Victoria Oliver.
Woodbine. Race 8. 4:51. Melmich, a $20,000 claim in September, 2014, makes his first start since winning the Valedictory in November. The Grade 2 Eclipse Stakes marks the spot.
Santa Anita Park. Race 1. 5:00. Don't fight the traffic to the beach, kick back and take in the California-bred card at Santa Anita. It starts here with the $100,000 Lennyfrommalibu Stakes down the hill and goes all night.
Belmont Park. Race 8. 5:13. Nothing like the Paradise Creek to anchor a Saturday card at Belmont Park. Rappel returns to his best form here - and you'll get a price.
Churchill Downs. Race 10. 5:21. Bob Baffert keeps Enchanting Lady in Kentucky, she goes from the Humana Distaff to the Winning Colors.
Arlington. Race 7. 5:21. The 81st running of the Arlington Classic. Ben Colebrook adds blinkers to Surgical Strike, dangerous on the turf and synthetic so far this year.
Arapahoe Park. Race 8. 5:55. A stakes is a stakes. Colorado-breds take aim at the Ingrid Knotts, a $40,000 stakes that attracts 11 entries, including the 1-2-3 finishers from last year, A J Marie, Fast Puff and Sorta Special.
Santa Anita. Race 5: 7:00. The Snow Chief keeps the music going as Ralis retreats from the Pat Day and Gold Rush Dancer, Tough It Out and Midnight Ming return from their last spar in the Silky Sullivan May 1.
Penn National Race Course. Race 4. 7:22. Here's to the late Margaret Hoover Brigham who bred Lenape Rim. The daughter of Rimrod returns for her 8-year-old season, aiming to add to her $538,176 in career earnings. The Lyphard, for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares, is her usual return. Royal Renege ousted her last year and returns again, fresh off a strong second at Laurel for Elizabeth Merryman and Nina Gardner. Deep field. Good race.
Santa Anita. Race 8. 8:30. Boozer, Soi Phet and Avanti Belle line up again after going 1-2-3 in the Bertrando in April. This time, it's the Tiznow Stakes.
Charles Town Races. Race 7. 9:49. Red Hot Diva and Candy Man's Girl square off again, this time in an allowance race for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares.