Saturday’s Stakes Action

  7/19/18 By Michael Patricks The Sonoma County Fair begins on Thursday, August 2nd with post time set for 1:15 p.m.  Our Airport Express Daily Handicapping Seminar begins at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and 12:30 on Friday with post time pushed back an hour to 2:15.  Should be eight great days of racing…

Los Alamitos Derby (Grade III)

7/13/18 By Michael Patricks Short and sweet this weekend as racing continues its brief summertime lull before kicking up in full swing with Del Mar and Saratoga commencing next week.  I’ll be at Del Mar next Friday to take in the sights and sounds from where the turf meets the surf but will make sure…

The Suburban (Grade II)

7/6/18 By Michael Patricks A mere four weeks until the Sonoma County Fair begins on Thursday, August 2nd.  I’ll be heading to Pleasanton this Sunday to promote our meet with seminar co-host Dennis Miller and CARF track announcer Chris Griffin, as they jointly administer the seminar proceedings from P-Town.  Del Mar’s meet kicks off Wednesday,…

The Queen’s Plate

6/29/18 By Michael Patricks Death, taxes, and another weekly installment from yours truly.  Even though I may not have quite the same consistency as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, hopefully all of you that follow this Blog appreciate the consistency in either having it delivered to your inbox, or…

San Carlos Preview

  6/22/18 By Michael Patricks Closing weekend has arrived from Santa Anita Park in southern California. Saturday brings about a 12-race program with the Grade II San Carlos Handicap and Grade III Wilshire on Sunday the closing weekend headliners.  This weekend’s analysis will focus on the former which has drawn a competitive cast of eight…

Triple Crown Recap & Summer Fair Racing Begins…

6/15/18 By Michael Patricks History was made last Saturday as Justify became “just” the thirteenth Triple Crown winner in racing history when he came through the Belmont Park home stretch to the cacophonous roars of better than 90,000 fans, holding sway late to beat Gronkowski by a length and three-quarters.  Justify’s triumph gave trainer Bob…

The Belmont Stakes (Grade I)

6/7/18 By Michael Patricks The moment of truth has come and just as the Saturday sun begins its descent from the New York skyline, Justify will begin his ascent from the gate to the Belmont Stakes mountain top in hopes of stepping into his calling by becoming the thirteenth Triple Crown winner in horse racing…

The Snow Chief

6/1/18 By Michael Patricks Just one week until the sesquicentennial edition of the Belmont Stakes from Elmont, New York.  All is seemingly quiet on the headlines front leading up to the race with the news of Audible’s defection last week at this time remaining the last-posted headline.  For an entertaining and candid three-minute interview with…

Santa Anita Gold Cup (Grade I)

5/24/18 By Michael Patricks Next stop, New York. The Bob Baffert-trained Justify emerged from the fog on Old Hilltop victorious in the Preakness Stakes last Saturday, and so the Scat Daddy colt will arrive at Belmont Park looking to become the thirteenth winner of racing’s hallowed Triple Crown. Justify was sent off at odds of…

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;…