Back to Our Roots in Cowboy Boots at the Sonoma County Fair

SANTA ROSA, Calif. –  March 19, 2019 – The Sonoma County Fair invites everyone to slip on a pair of cowboy boots and gallop into a western world of fun this August 1-11 for the 2019 Sonoma County Fair’s, “Back to Our Roots in Cowboy Boots.”            “The 2019 Sonoma County…

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…

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…

Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1)

10/5/18 By Michael Patricks Autumn is upon us and that means all-you-can-eat football, falling leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course Keeneland’s 2018 Fall Meet.  I rarely tell people what to do or how to live their lives.  To each their own, unequivocally.  Whether you are a horse racing fan or just simply an admirer…

Kentucky Turf Cup (Grade III)

9/7/18 By Michael Patricks Summer racing is in the rear view mirror which means the march towards Breeders’ Cup weekend on November 3rd and 4th at Churchill Downs is underway.  The juvenile classes are beginning to take shape and the heavyweight division is gathering some steam as well.  West Coast has resumed training for Bob…

The Preakness Stakes (Grade I)

5/17/18 Pimlico Race Course—Race 13 The 143rd Preakness Stakes (Grade I) Purse: $1,500,000 1 & 3/16 Miles on Dirt for 3 Y/O Post Time: 3:48 PM PST   Analysis by Michael Patricks   ‘Twas the night before the Preakness, and all thro’ the grounds, Not a creature was stirring, no barn cats or stable hounds;…

“Salute to Heroes” at the 2018 Sonoma County Fair

SANTA ROSA, CA – April 26, 2018– Heroes are all around us, and they are the centerpiece of the 2018 Sonoma County Fair’s “Salute to Heroes”.  “There were so many people who were heroes for us during the fires last October,” says Fair CEO, Becky Bartling, “and we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge…

Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Grade I)

11/4/2017–Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Post Time: 2:37 P.M. PST The Breeders’ Cup Sprint—Race 8 6 Furlongs on Dirt for Three-year-olds and Upward Grade 1-Purse: $1,500,000 Analysis by Michael Patricks The 34th Breeders’ Cup Classic is here at last and that means 13 Grade 1 races will be contested between Friday and Saturday, with a staggering…

Frank De Francis Memorial Dash

9/16/2017 Laurel Park Race 9 The Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Grade III—Purse: $250,000 6 Furlongs on Dirt for Three-year-olds and Upward Analysis by Michael Patricks It’s a banner weekend from Woodbine Race Course in Toronto with a pair of Grade 1’s and a Grade 2 on turf, but south of the Ontarian border…