GIII Illinois Derby draws a field of 14 | PP’s, Posts, Picks and M/L Odds

$500,000 Illinois Derby (GIII, Race 9, 5:46 p.m.CDT), 3YO, 1 1/8 Miles (Dirt) at Hawthrone Park is this Saturday!

Currency Swap and Our Entourage headline this year’s edition of this little follow Derby Trail event!

Free Past Performances,

PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer, M/L Odds !

1. Romancing the Gold  (PA), I Ortiz, Jr., 122, J C Englehart – 15/1

2. Hakama (KY), J Pimentel, 122, M J Trombetta – 6/1

3. Ring It Up  (KY), L Wade, 122, C Richard – 15/1

4. Currency Swap (FL), S Bridgmohan, 122, T M Pompay – 4/1

5. Pretension (NY), J Santiago, 122, C W Grove – 5/1

6. Skyring (KY), R A Vazquez, 122, D W Lukas – 20/1

7. Saturday Launch (KY), C A Emigh, K G McPeek – 15/1

8. Z Rockstar (OK), Q Hamilton 122, D K Von Hemel – 10/1

9. Fastestwhogetspaid (ON), I Ocampo, 122, B Williamson – 30/1

10. Frankie Is Rock (KY), E E Perez, 122, R Aguilar – 30/1

11. Our Entourage (KY), E Castro, 122, T A Pletcher – 9/2

12. Morgan’s Guerrilla  (KY), R Napravnik, 122, M J Maker – 10/1

13. Done Talking (KY), S Russell, 122, H A Smith – 20/1

14. Slamit (FL), C Hill, 122, T A Ice Also – 30/1

Picks are – 2,4,5,11 bx’d Exacta, 3,8,12 added to a dime super! Be cautious here as this one looks a lot like last weekend Fair Grounds fiasco!

Although the GIII Illinois Derby doesn’t get a lot of ink from the mainstream racing press, the $500k in purse money does locks up a Kentucky Derby gate for at least one runner here every year!

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2012 GII Louisiana Derby draws field of 14 | Post, Picks, PP’s, M/L Odds

In between rounds of NCAA final 4 play in New Orleans this weekend, the Fair Grounds will run their premiere race day of the entire Winter/Spring meet this Sunday that will culminate in the $1,000,000 GII Louisiana Derby, going 1 1/8 mile!

Free Past Performances,

A full field of 14, 3yo’s was drawn today for what looks to be a wide open affair with one or more of these 3yo’s ending up in Louisville on May 5th for the “Big Dance”!

The marquee names for this year’s edition are:

Mark Valeski, 2nd in the GII Risen Star Stakes here last out by a head-bob to El Padrino who’ll take on Union Rags in the Florida Derby on Saturday! He’ll stretch out to 1 1/8 mile here but any kind of repeat performance like that in the Risen Star should find him in the mix here on Sunday!

Rousing Sermon, is shipping in off a disappointing effort in the GII San Felipe at Santa Anita last out. There were high hopes for him in the Hollendorfer barn after a stellar 2yo campaign but in 2012 he hasn’t hit the board in 2 outings. So maybe a change of scenery and an easier field like the one he would find in the GI Santa Anita Derby might help him to find a few more G/S dollars towards a berth in the big dance!

Z Dager, is back for a third appearance on the 2012 derby trail at the Fair Grounds this year. With a 2nd in the GIII Le Comte Stakes and 3rd in the Risen Star, Z Dager will be the hometown boy here on Sunday!

Mr. Bowling, the winner of that same Le Comte Stakes will give the Fair Grounds main another go after a lackluster 11th place finish in the GII Risen Star last out!

Finnegans Wake, a good 3rd to Hansen in the GIII Gotham Stakes up at Aqueduct looks to make a name for himself here on Sunday!

Cigar Street,(son of Street Sense) who broke his maiden by 13 3/4 lengths at Fair Grounds on March 10 covering a 1 1/16 mile that day in 1:43.75 is the new kid on the block!

So below you’ll find this field of 14 for the 2012 edition of the GII Louisiana Derby this Sunday at the Fair Grounds that wraps up their 3yo season!

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By Posts, Horses, M/L Odds,

1. Mr. Bowling – 2/1

1a. Mark Valeski – 2/1

2. Fire Alarm – 20/1

3. Windsurfer – 12/1

4. Finnegans Wake – 15/1

5. Flashy Sunrise – 30/1

6. Cigar Street – 7/2

7. Shared Property – 10/1

8. Arm Force – 20/1 Early Scr

9. Comisky’s Humor – 20/1

10.  Z Dager – 8/1

11. Rousing Sermon – 6/1

12. Hero Of Order – 30/1

13. Afford – 15/1

All carrying 122 lb.

Post Time will be 4:55 pm CDT!

Picks are – 11,1,10,6 bx’d exacta with 4,7 in a dime super!

So any big Stakes and Graded Stakes day is on tap at the Fair Grounds this Sunday wedged in between those Final 4 games as the Fair Grounds closes out its 2012 Derby Trail season with the $1 Million GII Louisiana Derby!

2012 GI Florida Derby Draws 9 | Posts, Picks, M/L Odds, PP’s

2012 $1,000,000 GI Florida Derby is on tap this Saturday at Gulfstream Park!

A field of 9 top 3yo’s was drawn this afternoon for Saturday’s $1,000,000 GI Florida Derby, going 1 1/8 mile at Gulfstream Park!

Free Past Performances,

Headlining this year’s edition is GII Fountain of Youth Stakes winner and odds on favorite to win this year’s Kentucky Derby right now in Union Rags at 6/5.

Union Rags handily won that GII Fountain of Youth under just a hand ride by new jockey Julien Leparoux winning by an easing 4 lengths in 1:42.68!  Union Rags is the one to beat here on Saturday so he’d fits into any exotics play!

At 2/1 is the Todd Pletcher trained El Padrino winner of the GII Risen Star last out at the Fair Grounds. Looks to us like Mr. Todd is willing to roll out his best 3yo in El Padrino to assert his dominance of this meet here in 2012 as El Padrino surely would have been the favorite in Sunday’s GII Louisiana Derby. Exotics for him too!

El Padrino however, does need a bit more in graded stakes earnings to make the 2012 Kentucky Derby field this year as $200k in GSE probably isn’t going to cut it this year, so a board hit for El Padrino becomes an imperative on Saturday!

Other names to watch here are: News Pending , 2nd to Union Rags last out, Take Charge Indy, 2nd to Prospective in the GII Tampa Bay Derby and Reveron, winner of the Gulfstream Derby here in January!

So here is the field for this all important Derby Trail finale at Gulfstream Park this season!

By Posts, Horses, M/L Odds,

1.  Fort Loudon – 20/1

2.  News Pending – 8/1

3. Take Charge Indy – 5/1

4. Neck ‘N Neck – 20/1

5. Z Camelot – 50/1

6. Union Rags – 6/5

7. Bartolome – 30/1

8. El Padrino – 2/1

9. Reveron – 12/1

Everyone carry’s 122 lbs.

Post Time will be 5:40 p.m. EDT!

Picks are – 6,8,2,3 boxed exacta or tri’s then 9,1 in a super!

So if all goes according to Hoyle, Union Rags and El Padrino should be the race here on Saturday and a good preview of what to expect come Derby Day at Churchill Downs this May 5th!

2012 Dubai World Cup the Richest day in all of Horse Racing | Free Live Streaming

Meydan Racecourse readies for Dubai World Cup race day on March 31st

This March the 31st the Dubai Racing Club will sponsor the richest day of thoroughbred action this year with the Dubai World Cup races.

Free Past Performances, ← For all 8 Races with Odds and Post Positions!

8-Races worth over $27,000,000 in combined purses is up for grabs to the world’s finest 4-legged athletes that culminates in the $10,000,000 GI Dubai World Cup race, going a derby-distance of 1 1/4 mile at the beautiful Meydan Racecourse!

In possibly the greatest series of fields ever assembled, 48 Group 1 or Grade 1 winners are coming out to compete in these 8 star-studded international fields for career-altering cash!

A complete list of probable entries can be found at the “Dubai Racing Club website“.

The Dubai World Cup card will include the following races:

Race Name, Race Distance (in Furlongs), Surface type, Purses in (US$), Post Times!

“Click” on any Highlighted race title to see the Past Performances for that race!

Race #2 G2-Goldolphin Mile, 8.00, Tapeta, $1,000,000 9:10 am edt – Odds

Race #3 G3-Dubai Gold Cup, 16.00, Turf, $1,000,000 9:45 am edt – Odds

Race #4 G2-UAE Derby, 9.50, Tapeta, $2,000,000 10:25 pm edt – Odds

Race #5 G1-Al Quoz Sprint, 5.00, Turf, $1,000,000 11:00 am edt – Odds

Race#6  G1-Dubai Golden Shaheen,6.00,Tapeta,$2,000,000 11:35 am edt – Odds

Race #7  G1-Dubai Duty Free, 9.00, Turf, $5,000,000 12:25 pm edt – Odds

Race#8 G1-Dubai Sheema Classic,12.05, Turf, $5,000,000 1:00 pm edt – Odds

Race #9 G1-Dubai World Cup, 10.00, Tapeta, $10,000,000 1:40 pm edt – Odds

Below are the North American based horses amongst the 2012 probable entries,

Game On Dude (Dubai World Cup)

Royal Delta (Dubai World Cup)

Giant Ryan (Dubai Golden Shaheen)

The Factor (Dubai Golden Shaheen)

Regally Ready (Al Quoz Sprint) 

Lucky Chappy (IRE) (UAE Derby)

So maybe a career defining moment is at hand for any of the winners here at Meydan Racecourse come March 31st.

First Post will be about 9:00 am edt and the $10 million, Dubai World Cup race itself going off at about 1:40 pm edt and if a live feed is available, we’ll bring you all the live action from Meydan that morning!

Oh and here is a Promo clip for this year’s Dubai World Cup races just to warm your blood a bit!