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Equibase Analysis: Three-Year-Old Or Elder In Jockey Club Gold Cup?

The Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup drew a field of five and that means strategy will be the key to success even more so than in most races. Four of the five have credentials at the top level, including recent Grade 1 Woodward Stakes winner Preservationist. His most fearsome foe is likely to […]

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Equibase Analysis: With No Maximum Security, Who’s The Pick In Pennsylvania Derby?

Six three-year-olds are expected to line up in the gate for this year’s Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby and there is no shortage of opinions among fans on who should emerge victorious. Improbable, winner of the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity last year, will probably be the public betting choice now that Maximum Security […]

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Equibase Analysis: Arklow Repeat In Kentucky Turf Cup Or Look Elsewhere?

The Grade 3, $1 million Calumet Farms Kentucky Turf Cup drew a field of 12, plus two horses on the also-eligible list who may get lucky enough to enter the gate if one or two horses in the main body of the field scratches. Leading the field is Arklow, who won this race in 2018 […]

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Equibase Analysis: Which Juvenile Filly Is Poised To Take Del Mar Debutante?

The Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante, run at seven furlongs, sets the stage for the major Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies prep races in the coming weeks, most to be run around two turns. Only two of the eight have run in stakes, with Comical having shipped to New York to win the Grade 3 […]

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Equibase Analysis: Pace Will Make The Race In Bing Crosby Stakes

The Grade 1, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes is a significant race on the Road to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, offering the winner an automatic entry into that race. Eight top sprinters signed on to run, with six having been first or second in the early stages of their last two races. With so many wanting […]

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Equibase Analysis: Pace Scenario Key To Unlocking Haskell

The Grade 1, $1 million TVG.com Haskell Invitational Stakes features Maximum Security, original winner of the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby before being disqualified, and winner of the Grade 1 Florida Derby prior to that. Certainly the leader of the field in terms of class, Maximum Security disappointed as the prohibitive favorite most recently in the […]

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Equibase Analysis: Delaware Handicap Could Be Ripe For Upset

The Grade2, $750,000 Delaware Handicap brings together a strong group of older fillies and mares with seven of the nine attempting the mile and one-quarter distance for the first time in their careers. One horse who is proven at the distance is likely betting favorite Elate. She won this race last year and is attempting […]

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Equibase Analysis: World-Class Belmont Derby Field Provides Great Betting Opportunity

The 15-horse field for the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational includes 10 horses with first or second place finishes in one or both of their most recent races. Nine of those 10 efforts came in stakes. Add to the mix a trio of horses shipping in from Europe, two from the powerhouse barn […]

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Equibase Analysis: Which Sophomore Takes The Next Step In Ohio Derby?

The Grade 3, $500,000 Ohio Derby consists of a field of seven, three of which appear bent on getting the lead at any cost and another who appears in over his head. The first group starts with of Parx Spring Derby winner Bethlehem Road, who is undefeated in three races to date and who has […]

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