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By Gene Kershner » 7:45 AM

The race that seems to attract the biggest stars every year has done it again. Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will face off against rival Exaggerator and Derby third-place finisher Gun Runner in Sunday’s $1 million Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds is Race 12 on... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, July 29, 2016

The major prep for the Midsummer Derby is on tap on Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Racecourse. While the top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby will try the Haskell at Monmouth, the top two finishers in the Belmont Stakes return to action at the Spa in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes. Creator and Destin, who dueled... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, July 22, 2016

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A field of eight will head to the gate at post time on Tuesday evening at Fort Erie Race Track for the middle jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown. The post positions for the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes were drawn this afternoon at the border oval early this afternoon with Plate winner Sir Dudley... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Thursday, July 21, 2016

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Tomorrow’s opening day at Saratoga features the traditional Grade 3 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies. The eighth race on the 10-race card kicks off the graded stakes schedule of the 40-day meeting.  The 6-furlong race has attracted nine fillies that will run for the $200,000... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Racing The summer racing season is upon us as the Del Mar and Saratoga meetings will get underway over the next week.  Del Mar gets underway this afternoon and Saratoga’s 148th meeting kicks off a week from this afternoon at the Spa. Our area’s signature race, the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, will... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, July 1, 2016

  The undercard on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack will feature three graded stakes in addition to the 157th addition of the Queen’s Plate. A Pick-3 starting with Race 8 will include two of the graded stakes and finish with the Plate. Here’s a capsule look at the three graded stakes on Sunday’s... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Etibicoke, Ont. -- The post position draw for the 157th Queen's Plate was completed this morning at the trackside terrace in suburban Toronto this morning.  Four-time Plate winning jockey Sandy Hawley served as the draw master for the event, with track announcer Robert Geller presiding. The Queen's Plate, the... Read More

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

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