Picking Winners

Wednesday at Fair Grounds

Mar 25th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Rick Francis
Staff writer
Tracksideview.com

We head straight to the starting gate to kick off our race week and the final five days of the 142nd Fair Grounds meet. The first on the card features a small but highly competitive field of Louisiana-breds sprinting over the main track. It’s an early post time, so let’s get started.

Race 1 – Fair Grounds – post time 2:25 p.m. EDT

Get in Da House (1), Hawley/Graham; gelding makes his sixth…



Handicapping

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By TrackSide View

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Saturday at Santa Anita – Grade 2 San Luis Rey Stakes

Mar 21st, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Rick Francis
Staff writer
Tracksideview.com

Graded Stakes action continues at Santa Anita with the running of the Grade 2 San Luis Rey Stakes. A short gate of five will take to the turf and compete at the extended route of a mile-and-a-half, it’s listed as the fourth on the card, so let’s get started.

Race 4 – Santa Anita – post time: 5 p.m. EDT

Vagabond Shoes (1), Sadler/Espinoza; multiple Graded Stakes winner rallied from near the rear…



Excelsior Stakes at Aqueduct

Mar 21st, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
Staff writer
Tracksideview.com

Aqueduct Racetrack – Saturday, March 22 – Race 8 – Excelsior Stakes – post time: 4:43 p.m. EDT

Percussion (4): One last chance for this horse. This race sets up very well for him. I am hoping that his jockey realizes that he is the fastest horse in the field if he choses to go early. His best races have been when he has choses to go to the lead right out of…



Friday at Fair Grounds

Mar 20th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Rick Francis
Staff writer
Tracksideview.com

We end the work week where it began, the Fair Grounds turf. Today’s selection features a group of 3-year-olds routing one-mile over the now high and dry Stall-Wilson course; so let’s get started.

Race 7 – Fair Grounds – post time: 5:25 p.m. EDT

Xtra Luck (1), Pish/Albarado; after a last place run in the Risen Star, connections opt for a turf try, which for trainer Danny Pish is close to a 20…



Thursday at Fair Grounds

Mar 19th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Rick Francis
Staff writer
Tracksideview.com

Fillies and mares take to the Stall-Wilson turf course in an allowance contest restricted to Louisiana-breds. One-mile is the route, so let’s get started.

Race 6 – Fair Grounds – post time: 4:44 p.m. EDT

Mr. Green Girl (1), Schmidt/Albarado; facing a field of four because of off the turf conditions, Chatain filly broke her maiden under a hand ride. In her three previous starts, all on the turf, so showed glimpses of…



Wednesday at Fair Grounds

Mar 18th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Rick Francis
Staff writer
Tracksideview.com

We kick off the race week and stretch-run of the 142nd Fair Grounds meet with the eighth and feature, a solid optional-claiming turf contest. Ten are slated to go, so let’s get started.

Race 8 – Fair Grounds – post time: 5:55 p.m. EDT

Strike Impact (1), Dupuy/Albarado; 10yo weakened late to show facing similar in last after setting a soft pace; makes 80th start, second with Albarado.

Sound Effect (2), Desormeaux/Hernandez; has…



Handicapping

Mar 15th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

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Saturday at Aqueduct

Mar 14th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
Staff writer
Tracksideview.com

Aqueduct Racetrack – Saturday, March 15 – Race 8 – Cicada Stakes – post time: 4:43 p.m. EDT

Mamdooha (5): Kiaran McLaughlin has this one primed and ready for her comeback after about two months off. We all saw how talented she was in the fall breaking his maiden and going on to win two stakes. This is a soft spot to bring her back in and will be the springboard to the…



Friday at Oaklawn Park

Mar 13th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Rick Francis
Staff writer
Tracksideview.com

HOT SPRING, Ark. – We head to Oaklawn Park to close out the work week and prepare for a Saturday of graded stakes action, highlighted by the Grade 2 Rebel. Today’s eighth features a field of 3-year-olds and up sprinting in a very pricey maiden contest; let’s get started.

Race 8 – Oaklawn Park – post time: 5:42 p.m. EDT

Stormy Dan (1), Frost/Castanon; first time starter for barn that’s had zero luck…