The Risen Star (Grade II)

2/25/2017 Fairgrounds Race Course-Race 11 The Risen Star-$400,000—Grade II 1 & 1/16th Miles on Dirt for Three-Year-Olds Post Time: 3:00 P.M. PST Analysis by Michael Patricks Each passing February day serves as a reminder that the Triple Crown season is drawing near.   The Grade II Risen Star Stakes will take place on Saturday from Fairgrounds…

El Camino Real Derby

By Dennis Miller I have never thought much of the El Camino Real Derby as a prep for the Kentucky Derby in recent years. The horses generally entered in the race don’t make a big impact on the year on the national level. But this year’s version of the race at Golden Gate Fields on…

The Sam F. Davis (Grade III)

2/10/2017 Tampa Bay Downs-Race 10 The Sam F. Davis-$250,000 1 & 1/16th Miles on Dirt for Three-Year-Olds Post Time: 1:45 P.M. PST Analysis by Michael Patricks The first weekend of February three-year-old prep races are in the books and a couple interesting results took place from those events.  The topmost surprise came from the victory…

Three Year-Old Preps Begin in Earnest

2/3/2017 Three Year-Old Prep Analysis The Robert B. Lewis (G3), Withers (G3), Holy Bull (G2) By Michael Patricks The calendar has turned to February and with it comes another anticipatory turn of the page in the three year-old season.  The first Saturday in May is only three months away with the 143rd Kentucky Derby set…