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Equibase Analysis: Who Might Rise To Top In Lecomte?

The 75th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte Stakes is the first of two prep races at Fair Grounds in New Orleans prior to the $1 million Louisiana Derby on March 23. The outcome of the LeComte is likely to have an effect on who stays on the path to the Louisiana Derby by […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who Will Jump Up In La Canada Stakes?

The Grade 3, $100,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita Saturday drew a field of seven with only one of the group having won a graded stakes previously, that being True Royalty, who was victorious in the Grade 3 Torrey Pines Stakes last summer. Two mares, however, have proven very competitive in the past two […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who Will Pick Up Derby Points In The Sham?

The 19th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Sham Stakes starts the 2019 California Road to the Kentucky Derby off with a chance for some newly turned 3-year-olds to earn points which, come this spring, help determine who can enter the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. Seven hopefuls line up, with two […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who In The American Oaks Stakes?

The Grade 1, $300,000 American Oaks Stakes features nine three year old fillies, most running the mile and one-quarter distance on turf for the first time. Five enter the field having won their most recent races, three of those graded stakes. Of that trio, two fillies – Californiagoldrush and Princess Warrior, earned their wins in […]

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Equibase Analysis: Early Derby Hopefuls Do Battle In Los Alamitos Futurity

Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity, a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” points race drew a sparse field of six with all having promise, particularly based on recent history. The winner of the race last year was McKinzie, an early Derby favorite before being sidelined in March. In 2016 the race was […]

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Equibase Analysis: The Most Likely Winner Of The Cigar Mile?

The 30th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Cigar Mile Handicap brings together a field of eight, with Mendelssohn the one to catch, particularly as he draws the rail post position. Wire-to-Wire winner of the Group 2 U.A.E. Derby by 18 lengths in May, in his first race on dirt following six races on grass […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who Has The Edge In Red Smith Stakes?

The Grade 3, $200,000 Red Smith Stakes brings together a full field of 10 running one mile and three-eighths on the inner turf course at Aqueduct, plus three also-eligibles which can run if one of the 10 in the main body of the race should scratch. There are also three horses entered for the main […]

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Equibase Analysis: Upset Potential In The Commonwealth Turf Stakes?

The Grade 3, $100,000 Commonwealth Turf Stakes showcases seven horses in one of the last graded stakes races of the year restricted to 3-year-olds. Hot Springs just won the Jefferson Cup Stakes on the course in his most recent race in September so is most likely to be favored, but March to the Arch drops […]

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Equibase Analysis: Will A 3-Year-Old Take The Classic Again?

The 35th running of the Grade 1, $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic drew a field of 14 horses plus two also-eligibles, 11 of which enter the race off a win or a runner-up effort in a grade one or group one stakes race. In terms of success, Accelerate has been assigned starting favoritism at 5 […]

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