Pegasus World Cup 2019

By Michael Patricks 1/26/2019 The Pegasus Word Cup is all set for Saturday and the Jockey Club will be open at 10 a.m. with full coverage.  The day features the $7,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational for older horses alongside the grand daddy of them all, the $9,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Invitational which is the…

Pegasus World Cup and Super Bowl Primer

By Michael Patricks 1/11/2019 The Pegasus Word Cup is set for Saturday, January 26th from Gulfstream Park and the Jockey Club will be open at 10 a.m. with full coverage.  The day features the $7,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational for older horses alongside the grand daddy of them all, the $9,000,000 Pegasus World Cup…

2018 Year’s End

12/14/18 By Michael Patricks It’s a fairly quiet weekend in racing as the 2018 thoroughbred season begins to wind down in earnest.  It’s closing weekend from Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California but closing weekend also features their preeminent quarter horse race, the Champion of Champions.  It’s closing weekend from Woodbine as well.  Woodbine…

Saturday 12/8 Write-up

12/8/18 By Michael Patricks Golden Gate Fields winds up its Fall race meeting with 12 races this Saturday and Sunday. Los Alamitos, by comparison, will offer twin-bill racing programs all weekend long and be the sole point of focus from southern California.  The Jockey Club will be open at 10 a.m. Thursday through Sunday next…

Santa Anita Shakeup

11/30/18 By Michael Patricks It’s been a difficult week in racing news as good friend and weekly reader of this very column, Michael Wrona (also the voice of the Sonoma County Fair) was unceremoniously displaced by Frank Mirahmadi at Santa Anita for the 2018-2019 season.  The news came down last Saturday afternoon and left many…

Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II)

11/23/18 By Michael Patricks Happy Black Friday to everyone. Many consumers are out and about with umbrellas and raingear trying to get the jump on the best holiday sales possible.  That’s never been my speed and doubtful it ever will be.  Paying for parking and standing in long lines has never been a passion of…

Saturday’s Late Pick-4 at Del Mar

11/16/18 By Michael Patricks Here I sit, prepared to write another installment in the weekly Blog.  Just before powering up my laptop I was informed that Golden Gate Fields would be cancelling their Friday program due to unhealthy air levels stemming from the Camp Fire in Butte County where better than 600 people are still…

The Let it Ride from Del Mar

11/9/18 By Michael Patricks Breeders’ Cup 35 is in the books and will go down in racing lore as one to remember.  Enable was nothing short of brilliant in taking down the Breeders’ Cup Turf after capturing the Prix de l’arc de Triomph for a second time.  Enable ran an eyeball-popping 114 Beyer Speed Figure…

Breeders’ Cup Day 2

11/3/18 By Michael Patricks Breeders’ Cup 35 has arrived and the action from Churchill Downs is sure to be fast and furious.  Doors open at the Jockey Club at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.  As I write this on Thursday, the track in Louisville is sloppy and appears headed for muddy the rest of the day. …

Breeders’ Cup Friday

11/2/18 By Michael Patricks Breeders’ Cup 35 has arrived and the action from Churchill Downs is sure to be fast and furious.  Doors open at the Jockey Club at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.  I will post Breeders’ Cup selections for Day 2 sometime on Thursday afternoon and will give out…