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By Gene Kershner » Friday, June 24, 2016

The Woodbine press office listed 14 probable starters for the 157th Queen’s Plate, with most of the usual suspects within the trainer and jockey ranks are duly represented. One name noticeably absent from the list was Woodbine Oaks winner Neshama, who will attempt to complete the Canadian Triple Tiara and points... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, June 17, 2016

It is time to turn the page on one Triple Crown season and open up another. The Canadian Triple Crown gets underway in two short weeks as the Queen’s Plate takes center stage in Toronto on Sunday July 3. Last weekend’s Plate Trial surely put Ami’s Gizmo into the favorite role with his win in the 1 1/8-mile... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Saturday, June 11, 2016

ELMONT – The Belmont Stakes undercard is nothing short of  spectacular, with eight graded stakes races on tap before the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. Starting with the Grade 1 Acorn which will feature the Kentucky Oaks and Black-Eyed Susan winners, the eight races below will lead up to the final jewel of this year’s... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, June 10, 2016

ELMONT – Friday is day two of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival and there is a 11-race card on tap included three graded stakes races. Let’s cobble together a Pick-3 ticket for starting with Race 8, the Grade 2 True North Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and up at Belmont Park. With the defection of... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, June 3, 2016

With one weekend remaining before the final leg of racing’s Triple Crown at Belmont Park next Saturday afternoon; let’s take a spin around the horn to see what’s cooking in the country and Canada: Fort Erie debuted their 2016 season in fine fashion on Tuesday afternoon with an opening day card that resulted... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, May 27, 2016

Heading into the holiday weekend without a Triple Crown attempt looming for the first time in three years may have shuffled our sport back a few pages, but the Belmont Stakes is still shaping up to be a decent race, even with the defection of Nyquist. As announced earlier in the week, the Derby winner will pass on... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Thursday, May 19, 2016

BALTIMORE, Md. – We’re ready to kickoff a great weekend at Old Hilltop which will culminate in the Preakness Stakes late Saturday afternoon. On tap tomorrow afternoon at Pimlico Race Course is the 1 1/8-mile $500,000 Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan. Friday’s card will also includes three Grade 3 races, the Miss... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, May 13, 2016

Some Derby afterthoughts before we move on to Baltimore and the Preakness… How fast was the pace on Saturday? Out of the first seven horses at the second call (half-mile mark) here is where five of those horses finished: Danzing Candy -15th; Outwork – 14th; Whitmore – 19th; Tom’s Ready – 12th; and Shagaf... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Saturday, May 7, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Good afternoon and hello from Churchill Downs and Happy Derby Day! We have a beautiful day here in Kentucky with the temperatures expected to hit the mid 80’s. An overflow crowd of over 160,000 is anticipated for The First Saturday in May. It couldn’t be a better day for the 20 contenders to run... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Saturday, May 7, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Outside of Nyquist, the favorite, this year’s Kentucky Derby contains one of the most wide-open fields in recent memory. A number of qualified horses are in position to claim thoroughbred racing’s most historic race. The 142nd Run for the Roses is a 1¼-mile race to be run this afternoon... Read More

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