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Equibase Analysis: Parkour May Lead From Start To Finish In Honeymoon

The Grade 3, $100,000 Honeymoon Stakes this Saturday at Santa Anita brings together a field of nine fillies, eight with at least one win on the grass. Among the group, only Laura’s Light has won a stakes on the surface, actually two, as she was victorious in the Blue Norther Stakes at a mile in […]

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Equibase Analysis: Pneumatic Might Just Drill Foes In Matt Winn

The Grade 3, $150,000 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday is a newly minted points race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, which takes place on September 5 this year. A field of 12 aspiring 3-year-old colts signed up to run, led by the winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity last […]

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Equibase Analysis: Big Sweep Could Prove Special In Echo Eddie Stakes

Racing resumes at Santa Anita this weekend and one of two feature races is the $150,000 Echo Eddie Stakes. The field of nine is top-heavy in early speed types. Stir the Pot is the only maiden in the field but may be the fastest early if he can flee the rail, having zipped out to […]

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Equibase Analysis: Aquaphobia Poised To Upset Sunshine Forever Stakes

There’s a different kind of lull on the second Saturday in May this year, which would normally come between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. With major tracks such as Churchill Downs and Santa Anita planning to open next week, the spotlight falls on Gulfstream Park with the running of the $75,000 Sunshine Forever stakes. […]

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Equibase Analysis: Relentless Dancer Could Be Tough To Catch In Unbridled Stakes

With few tracks running this weekend, Gulfstream Park shifted its stakes calendar to bring us the Unbridled Stakes for 3-year-olds around two turns. The 1 1/16-mile dirt race drew a field of seven but is not short of horses which have shown some ability. Only two in the group have ever run in a two-turn […]

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Equibase Analysis: Horologist Should Get Perfect Stalking Trip In Apple Blossom

The Grade 1, $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap drew a big field of 14 and although there are a number of horses with the qualifications to win, it appears there is only one which will be in front shortly after the gate opens. That one is Serengeti Empress, who drew the 11 post position and who […]

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Equibase Analysis: Allowance Winner Taishan ‘May Take Some Beating’ In Oaklawn Stakes

With the Kentucky Derby postponed until the first week in September, Saturday’s $200,000 Oaklawn Stakes now serves as the springboard to the Arkansas Derby, which will now be run three weeks from now on May 2. Thirteen three-year-olds have chosen to line up for the nine furlong test. They are led by Thousand Words, winner […]

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Equibase Analysis: Kimari Should Fire A Winning Shot In Purple Martin

The $100,000 Purple Martin Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Saturday drew a field of 10 three year old filly sprinters, with six coming into the race off victories. Five of the 10 fillies are stakes winners, with Frank’s Rockette arguably the most impressive of the quintet as she won the Any Limit Stakes by seven […]

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Equibase Analysis: Ete Indien Not A ‘Need-The-Lead’ Florida Derby Contender

The Grade 1, $750,000 Curlin Florida Derby brings together a field of 12 plus one also-eligible all hoping to prove they have the talent to be considered the top 3-year-old in the country. Tiz the Law is likely the horse the betting public will gravitate to first as he easily won the Grade 3 Holy […]

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