The American Oaks

12/31/2016 Santa Anita Park-Race 8 American Oaks-$300,000 Grade I Post Time: 4:00 PM PST 1 & ¼ Miles on Turf for 3 Year-Old Fillies Analysis by Michael Patricks A baker’s dozen of entrants will compete in the 15th running of the American Oaks on Saturday and it’s an event that’s shaping up as quite contentious…

The Malibu Stakes

12/26/2016 Santa Anita Park-Race 8: Post Time: 3:30 P.M. PST The Malibu Stakes-$300,000 Grade I 7 Furlongs on Dirt for 3 Year-Olds Analysis by Michael Patricks The day after Christmas brings California horseplayers a belated Christmas gift with the opening of both Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields.  Santa Anita Park will feature live…

The Winter Challenge

December 17, 2016 Los Alamitos Race Course-Race 9 1& 1/16 Miles on Dirt for Three Year Olds and Upward The Winter Challenge Analysis by Michael Patricks As the racing schedule gradually fades into the twilight of the calendar year, Los Alamitos Race Course has concocted a race to create a little added juice heading into…

The Hollywood Derby

12/3/2016-Del Mar The Hollywood Derby-Grade I 1 & 1/8 Miles (Turf) Purse $300,000 Post Time: 3:30 PT Analysis by Michael Patricks Saturday is the 75th running of the Hollywood Derby at Del Mar and it features a competitive field of 12 runners to contest the nine furlongs over the Jimmy Durante turf course.  Given that…