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Pavel Finally Scores Big in G1 Stephen Foster

Pavel Finally Scores Big in G1 Stephen Foster

LOUISVILLE, KY – Reddam Racing’s much-hyped Pavel finally broke through for a big score on Saturday, clearing away strongly in the stretch to take the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. The Stephen Foster was race 8 on the Downs After Dark Presented by Budweiser program. The Stephen Foster is a Breeders’ Cup “Win… Read More

Stephen Foster Preview: Backyard Heaven Ready to Rock

Stephen Foster Preview: Backyard Heaven Ready to Rock

A field of nine is set to do battle Saturday night at Churchill Downs in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap. The Stephen Foster is one of the most popular races on the Churchill Downs schedule every year, and this year will be no different. The race will serve as… Read More

City of Light Defeats Accelerate Late In G2 Oaklawn Handicap

City of Light Defeats Accelerate Late In G2 Oaklawn Handicap

HOT SPRINGS, AR – Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.’s City of Light dueled the length of the stretch with fellow southern California invader Accelerate in an epic battle, holding off his heavily-favored foe to take Saturday’s Grade 2, $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap. Breaking from far outside in post 11 under Drayden Van Dyke, City… Read More

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Slim’s Top 17 Photos of 2017

Slim’s Top 17 Photos of 2017

This was a roller-coaster year in horse racing, with plenty of ups and downs that make this sport so special. 2017 epitomized the saying, “The highs are never so high and lows never so low in the sport of horse racing.” We’ll wrap up the year by looking back at… Read More

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

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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

Colonelsdarktemper Confirms Irap in G3 West Virginia Derby

Colonelsdarktemper Confirms Irap in G3 West Virginia Derby

NEW CUMBERLAND, WV – After finishing second behind Irap in the Grade 3 Indiana Derby, AJ Foyt, Jr.’s Colonelsdarktemper confirmed Irap’s standing as the top 3-year-old in the country after he took Saturday’s Grade 3, $750,000 West Virginia Derby. The son of Colonel John wired the field through fractions of :23.78, :47.85,… Read More

West Virginia Derby Preview: The 3-Year-Old Saga Continues

West Virginia Derby Preview: The 3-Year-Old Saga Continues

A field of eleven 3-year-olds are set to run in the Grade 3, $750,000 West Virginia Derby this Saturday at Mountaineer. The 1 1/8-mile is the latest race in the 3-year-old male division saga that continues to produce dramatic results each week. The headliners in this year’s field are two… Read More

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