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Backyard Heaven Blooms in G2 Alysheba

Backyard Heaven Blooms in G2 Alysheba

LOUISVILLE, KY – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s late-blooming Backyard Heaven continued his hot streak on Friday, drawing away convincingly in his stakes debut to take the Grade 2, $400,000 Alysheba Stakes presented by Sentient Jet at Churchill Downs. Breaking cleanly from post 4 under Irad Ortiz, Jr., Backyard Heaven closely attended the early… Read More

Rated R Superstar A Rocket In G3 Ben Ali

Rated R Superstar A Rocket In G3 Ben Ali

LEXINGTON, KY – Radar Racing’s Rated R Superstar made a bold bid in the far turn before rocketing off down the stretch to take Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland. Breaking from post 5 under Javier Castellano, Rated R Superstar spotted the field 10 lengths early while the favored Chip Leader… Read More

Gun Runner Leaves No Doubt In G1 Pegasus World Cup

Gun Runner Leaves No Doubt In G1 Pegasus World Cup

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – If there was any doubt left regarding the world’s top dirt horse, then Gun Runner surely dispelled the remaining skeptics with a triumphant swan song score in Saturday’s Grade 1, $16,300,000 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. Even Gun Runner’s biggest fans were concerned when the Winchell Thoroughbreds-owned 2017… Read More

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Tommy Macho Returns to Victory in G3 Fred Hooper

Tommy Macho Returns to Victory in G3 Fred Hooper

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Paul Pompa Jr.’s Tommy Macho returned to arguably his most successful course on Saturday to win his second Grade 3, $175,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Breaking alertly from post 8 under Luis Saez, Tommy Macho stalked the early leader Moves Like Ali through initial fractions of… Read More

West Coast Wires Field with Ease in G1 Pennsylvania Derby

West Coast Wires Field with Ease in G1 Pennsylvania Derby

BENSALEM, PA – Gary West’s budding superstar West Coast proved that he’s dangerous on the lead, using those tactics to earn his second straight Grade 1 win in Saturday’s $1,000,000 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing. Breaking cleanly from post 4 under regular rider Mike Smith, West Coast shot to the front alongside Outplay,… Read More

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Baffert, Smith Repeat with West Coast in G1 Travers

Baffert, Smith Repeat with West Coast in G1 Travers

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – For the second straight year, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith won the Grade 1, $1,250,000 Travers Stakes – this time aboard Gary and Mary West’s West Coast, who wired the full field of a dozen 3-year-olds. Breaking cleanly from post 3, West Coast immediately took the… Read More

Tapwrit Tops Travers Twelve

Tapwrit Tops Travers Twelve

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The 148th running of the Grade 1 Travers Stakes features a full field of 12, and Belmont Stakes winner Tapwrit sits atop them all as the 7-2 morning line favorite. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt will break from post position 4 under Jose Ortiz, the Saratoga meet’s leading rider. Tapwrit enters… Read More

The Saratoga Skinny: Travers Distance Questions

The Saratoga Skinny: Travers Distance Questions

Each week on Dark Tuesdays, we will bring you “The Saratoga Skinny” looking at the coming week of racing at Saratoga and looking back at the big action the week before. “The Saratoga Skinny” will be broken into five sections: The Break (looking at the biggest story of the week),… Read More

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