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February 2014 - Posts

Future Wagers Offer Chance To Drink Kool Aid

There is no shortage of opinions regarding a horse’s performance following races on the TwinSpires.com Kentucky Derby Championship Series , and the beauty of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is that it allows bettors to put their money where their mouths are (assuming the price is right). Pool 3 is now open and closes Saturday before the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct (more on that race on Friday). For FREE... Read More

TimeformUS Saturday Plays from Aqueduct, Gulfstream and Santa Anita

Saturday, Aqueduct, Race 9, Local Post Time 4:17pm ET The G3 Gotham Stakes , 1 and 1/16 miles, Dirt, 3YO By Jason Perlmutter With only nine weeks remaining until the first Saturday in May, Derby fever comes to the rough and tumble neighborhood of Ozone Park, New York, home of Aqueduct Racetrack. There, 11 three-year-olds will compete in the Grade 3 $500k Gotham, and a promising son of Noble Causeway... Read More

TimeformUS Saturday Plays from Gulfstream and Fair Grounds

Saturday, Gulfstream Park, Race 11, Local Post Time 5:31pm ET The G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes, 1 and 1/16 miles, Dirt, 3YO By Alan Mann The Grade 2 Fountain of Youth is the final prep for the Florida Derby, an actual prep (finally) for the Kentucky Derby. It will be run at a mile and a sixteenth with a short run to the first turn and a shortened stretch, both of which figure to be significant factors... Read More

Who's fit for the Southwest Stakes

In discussing the Southwest Stakes (click for free Brisnet.com Ultimate PPs w/ comments ) with Steve Byk on his At The Races radio program Friday morning, I wondered whether fitness would be a factor for some entrants because of the lost training time this month at Oaklawn Park . Eleven of the dozen entrants are based at Oaklawn with the most recent works ranging from four days ago to three weeks ago... Read More

El Camino Real Continues SHOWdown Drive to $1 Million

When playing races or carryovers at tracks I normally don’t play, I try to lean on the Ultimate Race Summary found in the Brisnet.com Ultimate Past Performances , but the El Camino Real Derby (click for FREE PPs) on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields does not afford such a luxury because there has only been one 1 1/8-mile race so far this meeting at the Bay area track. A (free!) fallback is the At A Glance... Read More

TimeformUS Weekend Plays from Santa Anita, Golden Gate and Oaklawn

Sunday, Santa Anita, Race 5, Local Post Time 2:30pm PT The G2 San Vicente Stakes , 7 Furlongs, Dirt, 3YO By Jason Perlmutter The Grade 2 San Vicente at Santa Anita features a field of six colts who have raced a combined 15 times in their burgeoning careers. This is the time of year when three-year-old thoroughbreds explode with regularity to career-top performances. In light of that, we will look for... Read More

Lewis Stakes Kicks Off Path to $1-million on TwinSpires.com

The return of SHOWdown is always a big deal here at TwinSpires.com HQ, but nothing would be a bigger deal than seeing Vice President of Marketing Jeremy Clemons with the blanket of roses in one hand and a $1-million bill in the other for the TwinSpires.com player who successfully picked a horse to show in 19 prep races plus the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands . Of course, successfully picking... Read More

TimeformUS Weekend Plays from Santa Anita and Gulfstream

Sunday, Gulfstream, Race 12, Local Post Time 6:01pm ET The G1 Donn Handicap , 1 and 1/8 miles, Dirt, 4YO+ By Craig Milkowski The Grade 1 Donn Handicap will be run at one-mile-and-one-eighth on the dirt at Gulfstream Park. The field of eleven is highlighted by 2013 Eclipse Award winner and Breeders' Cup Classic runner- up Will Take Charge. He is pegged as the 9-5 morning line favorite. • FREE TimeformUS... Read More

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