Weekend Lineup

Weekend Lineup: A ‘Classic’ Arkansas Derby?

This weekend’s graded stakes action kicks off earlier than usual, starting with Friday afternoon’s running of the G1 Maker’s 46 Mile. The highlight of the weekend, for many racing fans, will be the G1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, the final major chance for Derby contenders to earn points toward the first Saturday in May. […]

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Weekend Lineup: Triple Derby Showdown

A giant weekend of graded stakes action awaits racing fans this weekend, highlighted by a trio of 100-point prep races for the 2017 Kentucky Derby. Tune in to NBC Sports to catch coverage of most of the top contenders for this year’s Run for the Roses, competing in the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass or Santa […]

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Weekend Lineup: Can First Round Of 100-Point Preps Clarify This Muddy Derby Picture?

This may well be one of the most confusing lead-ups to the Kentucky Derby in the history of the race. With just five weeks before the big dance, there is no clear favorite and many of the top candidates have serious questions surrounding either their fitness or ability to get the distance. Hopefully, this first […]

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Weekend Lineup: Dubai World Cup, Derby Trifecta

The highlight of this weekend’s racing action is the $10 million Dubai World Cup, held Saturday in the United Arab Emirates, in which the World’s Best Racehorse will take on a full field of international challengers. Also on tap are a trio of races offering points toward the Kentucky Derby. The World Cup card kicks […]

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Weekend Lineup: Strong Rebel Lineup Stars At Oaklawn

A slightly lighter graded stakes schedule greets racing fans this Saturday, but the quality is certainly not lacking in the lone Kentucky Derby prep race on the docket Saturday. The G2 Rebel Stakes offers 50 points to the winner, and a total of 11 sophomores plan to line up in the starting gate at Oaklawn […]

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Weekend Lineup: New Shooters, Derby Preps

Kicking off the graded stakes action this weekend is the G3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs, contested over 1 1/16 miles on the turf for 3-year-old fillies. G3 winner La Coronel inherits morning-line favoritism for trainer Mark Casse despite a sixth-place effort in the Breeders’ Cup, while G2 winner on the dirt Daddys Lil […]

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Weekend Lineup: Madness In March

A busy weekend of graded stakes action is topped by a pair of Kentucky Derby prep races on the East coast, the second and third 50-point races to be offered. Last weekend, Girvin took home the prize in the Fair Grounds’ G2 Risen Star to rise to the top of the Derby leaderboard, but this […]

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Weekend Lineup: Rising Stars At Fair Grounds

The next race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby is Saturday’s G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds. It kicks off the start of the races in which the winner will receive 50 points toward a spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. Kicking off the graded stakes action […]

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Weekend Lineup: ‘Winter’ Carnival, Oaklawn Highlight 3-Day Holiday

Monday is Presidents’ Day, and as such, many people will be enjoying a three-day weekend due to the national holiday. Highlights of the weekend’s racing include the Monday card at Oaklawn Park, which features the G3 Southwest Stakes, offering 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby to the winner. Also, at Laurel Park, […]

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Weekend Lineup: Strong Sam F. Davis Field Vies For Derby Points

The journey to the first Saturday in May continues this weekend, with points on offer in Tampa Bay Downs’ Sam F. Davis Stakes. Solid 2-year-old contender McCraken will attempt to retain his form in his 2017 debut, while a field of eight others have will try to dethrone him. Kicking off the graded stakes action […]

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