Ten are entered in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap at 1 1/4 miles Saturday, headed by frontrunning Game on Dude, who won this race in 2011 and Ron the Greek, who won this race in 2012. Both appear to be in top form and this should be a really good race.
Violence makes his three-year-old debut in Saturday's 1 1/8 mile Grade 2 $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakesat Gulfstream. The undefeated son of Medaglia d’Oro with an outstanding pedigree took the G2 Nashua at Aqueduct and the G1 Cash Call Futurity at Hollywood to cap his 2 year old season.
Saturday's $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course drew a full field of 14 talented three-year-olds hoping to earn their way to the Kentucky Derby this May. The field is led by Normandy Invasion who lost the G2 Remsen by a nose last out earning the field's best speed figure – he will come from off the pace.
I have looked into the issue with certain off spring of Frankel getting low weight breaks. Any player that has a horse by Frankel with a weight break under 121 will have that weight break changed to a range from 125-129. This will take effect in 3-4 hours.
We just recently added a new game feature that will help fill some of the Green and Blue Restricted Tournaments. Normally, these tournaments require 8 participants. If, at the time the tournament starts, there are only 5 participants, we simply insert 3 pool horses to participate, ensuring we have reached the minimum number of required horses.
Six horses will contest the $150,000 G2 San Vicente at Santa Anita on Sunday. Shakin It Up will likely go favored having finished third in the Hollywood Prevue last out, losing only by ¾ of a length. Caballo del Cielo most recently won his maiden by 4 lengths but prior to that lost to Shakin It Up by 4 ½.
A field of nine promising three-year-olds will go postward for the G3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. Leading the way is Manando, who will try to take them wire to wire. He most recently finished third in the G3 Sham at Santa Anita after leading most of the way.
A large field of 10 go postward for the G1 $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park Saturday. The field will be headed by the seven-year-old Flat Out who got a solid third in the Breeders' Cup Classic last out. He didn't do particularly well in this race last year, but he may have just not fired, rather than disliking the track surface.
The $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on Saturday features a field of six headed by 2011 Kentucky Derby winner and Breeders' Cup Mile runner up Animal Kingdom. He had to overcome traffic problems in the Mile yet still came flying for second.
Today we began the final round of testing for the new and exciting head-to-head Horse Challenge Program. With this feature, you will be able to create or participate in open challenges created by other players for head-to-head horse racing action.
A field of 5 will contest the G2 $200,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Sunday. The heavyweight in this race is Game on Dude, winner of the G1 Hollywood Gold Cup, G1 Awesome Again, and most recently the G3 Native Diver. He is the one to beat here and will have to run a subpar race to get beaten here.
A field of 7 will contest the G2 $200,000 Strub Stakes at 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita on Saturday. The trio of Fed Biz, Tritap, and Guilt Trip are coming out of the G2 San Fernando as the top three finishers, in that order. They were virtually inseparable at the finish line with only a half length covering the three of them.
A short field of 4 go postward for the $200,000 RB Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday headed by the favorite Flashback. He has only had one start but it was an impressive maiden score that he won by 3 ½ easy lengths. He has a ton of potential and there are no monsters in this field.