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Equibase Analysis: Big Field, Appealing Betting Options In Lecomte Stakes

The 76th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 LeComte Stakes is a race to start sifting out the contenders from the pretenders on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Half of the 14 entrants come into the race off a stakes try. The best finish among that group belongs to Finnick the Fierce, runner-up at […]

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Equibase Analysis: Could Upset Be A Good Play In La Canada Stakes?

The Grade 3, $200,000 La Canada Stakes drew a field of eight led by multiple graded stakes winner Spiced Perfection. The mare comes off a win in the Grade 3 Go for Wand Stakes last month in New York and two races prior to that won the Grade 1 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes in […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who Will Grab Kentucky Derby Points In Sham Stakes?

The 20th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Sham Stakes is the first of four Santa Anita races for budding Kentucky Derby hopefuls, which includes the Robert B. Lewis Stakes and San Felipe Stakes before the finale, the Santa Anita Derby in April. Six horses line up for this year’s Sham with five having won […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who Will Make The Grade In G1 American Oaks?

The Grade 1, $300,000 American Oaks Stakes is one of six graded stakes on the opening day card at Santa Anita and one of three restricted to three year olds only. The field of eight fillies consists of two types of horses – those which have won or placed in graded stakes on turf and […]

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Equibase Analysis: A Surprise In Store For Mr. Prospector Stakes?

The Grade 3, $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes might appear at first to be a battle between Imperial Hint, a multiple stakes winner who was last seen winning the Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes, and speedball X Y Jet, winner of the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen Stakes in the spring. However, three of the other four […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who’s Most Likely To Win The Battle In Cigar Mile?

The 31st running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Cigar Mile Handicap drew a field of eight, with many having solid stakes credentials. That being said, all eyes may be on the battle between Maximum Security and Spun to Run. Maximum Security enters the race off strong victories in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Stakes and […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who To Choose In Competitive Red Smith Stakes?

The Grade 3, $200,000 Red Smith Stakes features a nice field of 11 stakes quality turf runners, two also-eligibles and three more entered for the dirt only should the race move off turf due to weather. Of the 11 in the main body of the race, three have won stakes on turf in one of […]

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Equibase Analysis: Bob Hope Stakes Brings Together Tough-To-Predict Juveniles

The Grade 3, $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes brings together a group of six aspiring 2-year-olds with four of the group trying stakes for the first time. For many of these, the Bob Hope could be a stepping stone to the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity next month. The Los Alamitos Futurity is on the “Road […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who To Choose In Full-Field Commonwealth Turf Stakes?

The Grade 3, $175,000 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs features an overflow field with 16 horses entered including two also-eligibles. In terms of recent efforts in stakes, Spectacular Gem deserves first mention as he won the Jefferson Cup Stakes over the Churchill Downs turf last month, with runner-up Tracksmith, third place finisher Faraway Kitten […]

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Equibase Analysis: An Major Upset Coming In Keeneland’s Raven Run?

The Grade 2, $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes is one of the last graded stakes run for the year restricted to 3-year old fillies and it’s a dynamite edition of the race. Of the 11 fillies entered, six come Royal Charlotte leads the field in terms of recent efforts as she comes into the race […]

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