Pants On Fire Using Pegasus as Haskell Prep |

Pants On Fire Using Pegasus as Haskell Prep |

In a case of the rich getting richer, the Kelly Breen and George and Lori Hall connections have two big time graded stakes winners in their barn in Belmont Stakes winner Ruler on Ice and Pants on Fire.

Pants On Fire won the Louisiana Derby this spring and took a middle of the pack 9th in the Kentucky Derby his last trip out.

 Tomorrow, he’ll be competing again in the GIII Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park where he’ll be the 7/5 M/L fav in a field of 6, which includes Preakness runner and Tesio Stakes winner Concealed Identity and Harlan’s Hello!

The very hot jockey Rosie Napravnik will be on Pants On Fire once again in this contest as he preps for the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 31st



Colonial Turf Cup Attracts Older Crowd |

Colonial Turf Cup Attracts Older Crowd |

The Colonial Downs (seen here) Stakes and Grade Stakes turfing season gets underway in earnest with the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup Stakes this Saturday.

Names like Court Vision, Rahystrada, Guys Reward and Smart Bid are all coming out to compete in this high-priced, non-Graded Stakes event on Saturday, that we almost missed on our Weekend Picks list!

So keep a close eye on this turfer for future clues on the rest of the turfing-handicap division’s upcoming contests this year!


Animal Kingdom Injured, to Miss Some Time |

Animal Kingdom Injured, to Miss Some Time |

Well, the hits keep coming or should I say clipped heels! Animal Kingdom (seen here) will miss some training time with a micro-fracture in his ankle!

Yes, that bump by Isn’t He Perfect last Saturday in the Belmont is really turning out to be costly. Little wonder why he finished 6th now!

Link onto the article above and read about another racing misstep!

GI Stephen Foster Handicap 2011 is on tap this Saturday with Post Positions, Entries, Free Past Performances!

With the top 3yo’s now on a well-earned hiatus, the “handicap division” takes center-stage with the GI $500,000 Stephen Foster Hcp, going 1 1/8 mile for 4yo’s and up at Churchill Downs (seen here) this Saturday!

It’s another big Graded Stakes racing Saturday at  the “Downs” this season, with 4 big Graded Stakes races on the card!

This GI classic race has drawn a fine field of 11-runners in what we hope will bring some clarity to a very confussed “handicap division” this year!

Here’s Saturday’s Field + Free Past Performances too!

PP Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Flat Out C. Lanerie C. Dickey  30/1
2 Crown of Thorns T. Baze R. Mandella  4/1
3 Apart J. Leparoux A. Stall, Jr.  5/1
4 Worldly M. Cruz P. McGee  30/1
5 El Caballo J. Graham R. Nicks 15/1 
6 Regal Ransom A. Garcia S. bin Suroor  6/1
7 Equestrio J. Lezcano N. Zito 12/1 
8 Pool Play M. Mena M. Casse 20/1 
9 Duke of Mischief J. Bravo D. Fawkes  6/1
10 Giant Oak S. Bridmohan C. Block  7/2
11 Mission Impazible J. Castellano T. Pletcher 9/2

Our Picks here are 2,3,10 and 11 in multiple exactas, with our 2nd tier the 6, 7 in trifecta’s plays or supers, if you prefer!  

link to video picks for this race from THS on Bloodhorse below!

So let’s see if the GI Stephen Foster clears the picture a bit in the “Handicap Division” on Saturday!