As Arrogate, the world’s best racehorse, enters the starting gate for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on Saturday, jockey Rafael Bejarano will rue what might have been.
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Jockey Mike Smith said he felt something go wrong “about 10 jumps after the wire.” Smith dismounted, took off his tack and held Mastery still until the horse ambulance arrived.
Four of the past five Kentucky Derby winners have come out of Southern California. Thus, the San Felipe will lay out the blueprint for the Santa Anita Derby and then on to the Kentucky Derby.
Jay Cronley was one of my heroes. And if you are a horseplayer like me, then he probably was to you, too. Cronley died Sunday from a heart attack at age 73.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby gets a bit faster as the prep races now will award 50 points to the winner. It typically takes about 30 points to make the Derby field.
In reality, no one gets killed at the NHC, but playing in it can be like dying a thousand deaths. Each winner you pick shoots a mythical poison dart into your foes.
The inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup, won by Arrogate on Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park, will need tweaking to become a sustainable model.
It’s 13 weeks until the Kentucky Derby, so we will be seeing many more days like Saturday, when three Derby preps will be run from coast to coast.
When the Stronach Group dreamed up the concept of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup, there were many skeptics. Well, the dream becomes reality Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship will be from Jan. 27 to 29 at the TI.
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