Green Monkey Project – Part 1

Green Monkey Project - Part 1

The Green Monkey Project was a project born out of a question raised when the high-priced Juvenile “Iron Fist” made his debut at Delmar.  Several pundits mentioned they were picking Iron Fist because his purchase price was one point five million dollars. A comment like this is put in print or in social media and pretty Read the full article…


2018 Southwest Stakes Preview

The road to Kentucky continues at Oaklawn Park with a field of eleven entered in the Southwest Stakes.  Shippers from New York, Florida, Kentucky, and California, should make this an excellent regional quality check. Contenders: Sporting Chance is a Grade 1 Hopeful winner who has shown speed and the ability to grit out some tough fractions Read the full article…


2018 Risen Star Preview

The road to Kentucky continues down in the Bayou with the Risen Star Stakes. A full field representing East, West, and Midwest has gathered for this 50 point race.  LeComte winner Instilled Regard is the morning line favorite. Contenders: High North has a muddied up form in the Kentucky Jockey Club Juvenile as he was forced to Read the full article…


2018 Sam F Davis Preview

The “Quirky” surface of Tampa Bay Downs as the road to Kentucky continues with an impressive line-up of sophomores. Contenders: Catholic Boy benefitted from a minor contested pace duel in the Remsen and loved the nine-furlong distance.  Comes off the layoff and has a goal of this race, the Florida Derby and then if he qualifies the Kentucky Read the full article…


2018 Robert Lewis Stakes Preview

The Robert Lewis brings out several contenders from Southern California on the Triple Crown trail. Impressive maiden winner Peace will be the most likely favorite with maidens Regulate and Blame the Rider adding to the vast field.  I’ll Have Another completed the Robert Lewis/Kentucky Derby double. Contenders: Peace picked up a visually impressive win in a Read the full article…


2018 Holy Bull Stakes Preview

The Holy Bull has a strong tradition of producing Kentucky Derby starters with a runner from the Holy Bull running in the Kentucky Derby every year since 2009.  This year’s field has some promising runners and lightly raced horses ready to take a step up in class for the lucrative $350,000 purse. Contenders: Enticed is the Read the full article…


2018 Withers Stakes Preview

The Withers Stakes at nine furlongs is the second leg of the grand slam of Triple Crown preps with the Gotham and Wood Memorial still to come later this spring.  Firenze Fire the winner of the Jerome and Coltandmississippi come back at 9 furlongs. Contenders: Marconi showed a couple of moves in a maiden special weight win Read the full article…


2018 Pegasus World Cup Preview

The second running of the Pegasus World Cup ends up being a rematch of the Breeders Cup Classic.  The Top five finishers in the Classic return along with mile participant Sharp Azteca.  The rematch is at a new location, and the distance is nine furlongs. Contenders: Gun Runner dominated the Breeder’s Cup Classic with active fractions on Read the full article…


2018 California Derby Preview

San Francisco the scene, Golden Gate the place with the California Derby featuring an eight-horse field. Contenders: Choo Choo has started five times with one win and two thirds.  Synthetic debut for the son of the English Channel who was a turf pro back when he was racing.  Most recent effort on the turf was a close Read the full article…


2018 Pasco Stakes Preview

Tampa Bay is the home of the Pasco stakes as Sophomores continue on the trail for a possible start in the Sam F Davis or Tampa Bay Derby later this spring. Contenders: He Hate Me makes his three-year-old debut off a long layoff, last seen winning the Tremont Stakes at Belmont.  He had a 78 Beyer in Read the full article…


2018 Smarty Jones Stakes Preview

It’s a Smarty Party Monday at Oaklawn Park as opening weekend 2018 concludes with the Smarty Jones stakes as the featured eighth race on Monday. Contenders: Combatant son of Scat Daddy has been running well on the dirt the last two races and his maiden win was visually impressive, coming off the pace and his Beyer speed Read the full article…