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Today's Tracks

Saturday March 28th

  • Gulfstream Tropical    12:00pm
  • Tampa Bay Downs    12:25pm
  • Golden Gate Fields    3:45pm
  • Remington Park    7:00pm
  • Australia Harness 1    8:50pm
  • Cal Expo (H)    9:00pm
  • Los Alamitos (QH)    9:00pm
  • Australia A    9:05pm
  • Japan G1 Races    9:05pm
  • Australia B    9:35pm
  • Australia C    9:50pm
  • Australia D    9:55pm
  • Bordertown AUS    10:30pm
  • Australia Harness 2    11:00pm
  • Sha Tin (HK)    11:55pm

Carryover Information

Carryover Wager Type Track Date
$6,576 Pick 6 LOS ALAMITOS Mar 28
$18,584 JP Pick 6 REMINGTON PARK Mar 28
$46,075 JP Pick 6 TAMPA BAY DOWNS Mar 28
$48,147 JP Pick 6 CAL EXPO Mar 28
$1,664,936 JP Pick 6 Gulfstream Mar 28
$354,339 JP Pick 6 Golden Gate Mar 28
$167,744 JP Pick 5 FONNER PARK Mar 30
$43,654 JP Hi 5 R5 MEADOWLANDS Apr 10
$47,954 JP Hi 5 LR MEADOWLANDS Apr 10
$35,451 JP Hi 5 HAWTHORNE HARNESS Apr 10
$2,317 JP Pick 6 HAWTHORNE HARNESS Apr 10

Player News

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Racing News

Equibase Analysis: Ete Indien Not A ‘Need-The-Lead’ Florida Derby Contender

Equibase Analysis: Ete Indien Not A ‘Need-The-Lead’ Florida Derby Contender

The Grade 1, $750,000 Curlin Florida Derby brings together a field of 12 plus one also-eligible all hoping to prove they have the talent to be considered the top 3-year-old in the country.

Tiz the Law is likely the horse the betting public will gravitate to first as he easily won the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes last month by three lengths in his 3-year-old debut. Holy Bull runner-up Ete Indien flattered Tiz the Law at the end of February with a visually impressive 8 1/2-length win in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes, with Candy Tycoon and As Seen on Tv separated by a neck when second and third, respectively, in that race.

Another contender in the Florida Derby is Independence Hall, who finished second in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes last month when running in a two-turn race for the first time. Gouverneur Morris is a horse who may prove competitive as he finished second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity last fall in only the second start of his career before winning in his 3-year-old debut last month. Shivaree and Disc Jockey are two more colts with recent runner-up efforts in stakes that may have a say in the outcome. Shivaree missed by a neck in the seven furlong Hutcheson Stakes at the end of February while Disc Jockey was beaten 1 1/4 lengths in the American Fabius Stakes in mid-February at the same distance.

Soros makes his 3-year-old debut, last seen at the end of November when victorious in the one-turn mile Smooth Air Stakes. Ajaaweed enters the Florida Derby off a third place effort in the Sam F. Davis, finishing 11 lengths behind runner-up Independence Hall. Sassy But Smart, maiden My First Grammy and also-eligible Rogue Element round out the field

Ete Indien will be my top choice to win this year’s Florida Derby based on three factors. The first is how easily he drew off to win the Fountain of Youth Stakes by 8 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park on February 29, earning a 106 Equibase Speed Figure in the process. The second is the fact he has excellent early speed but doesn’t appear to be a need-the-lead type, which will allow him to gain excellent forward position from the moment the gate opens. The third reason I think Ete Indien can win is his pattern of workouts is identical to the one trainer Patrick Biancone used prior to the Fountain of Youth, specifically a seven furlong workout on turf in 1:23.2 on March 16 followed by a four furlong breeze in 48.4 on March 25. Although Ete Indien was no match for Tiz the Law in the Holy Bull Stakes prior to the Fountain of Youth, I believe his tactical speed edge may help him hold of his main nemesis in this race.

Tiz the Law earned a career-best and field high 117 Equibase figure winning the Holy Bull Stakes on February 1, a figure I’ve never seen a 3-year-old earn that early in the year. The effort came after two months off and was a huge improvement off the colt’s disappointing third-place effort as the favorite in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at the end of November. Prior to that, Tiz the Law won the first two starts of his career including the Champagne Stakes to prove one of the top 2-year-olds in the country. Considering how well Ete Indien ran when winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes four weeks after his finish in the Holy Bull when 11 lengths behind Tiz the Law, we can expect big improvement from Tiz the Law in the Florida Derby. There had been some discussion about a gap in his workouts from February 10 until March 2, but the fact Tiz the Law has put in four consistently spaced workouts since then alleviates those concerns in my opinion.

Gouverneur Morris has upset potential in the Florida Derby. After winning by nine lengths in his debut last September, Gouverneur Morris not only stretched out to two turns for the first time but also moved into stakes company, finishing second of 10 in the Breeders’ Futurity. Rested for more than four months, Gouverneur Morris returned in a two-turn allowance race and rallied from just off the pace to win, earning a 98 figure. Considering logical improvement in his second start as a three year old and off the layoff, Gouverneur Morris must be respected when considering the main win contenders in this year’s Florida Derby.

Honorable mention goes to Independence Hall and Candy Tycoon, both coming into the Florida Derby off runner-up finishes in stakes. After victories in the one-turn Nashua Stakes and Jerome Stakes last year, Independence Hall was easily passed by Sole Volante in the Sam F. Davis Stakes but held second and was 11 lengths clear of the third place finisher Ajaaweed. It may be Independence Hall is better suited to one turn but it may also be he got a lot out of the experience in his first two-turn race and can run even better in this situation. Candy Tycoon rallied from eighth (of ten) in the early stages of the Fountain of Youth to get second behind runaway eight length winner Ete Indien and should be considered for any exacta and trifecta tickets we play in this race at the very least based on that effort.

The rest of the field, with their best representative  Equibase Speed Figures, is Ajaaweed (98), As Seen On Tv (101), Disc Jockey (90), My First Grammy (97), also-eligible Rogue Element (84), Sassy But Smart (93), Shivaree (104) and Soros (83).

Win Contenders:
Ete Indien
Tiz the Law
Gouverneur Morris

Curlin Florida Derby – Grade 1
Race 14 at Gulfstream Park
Saturday, March 28 – Post Time 6:36 PM E.T.
One Mile and One Eighth, 3-Year-Olds
Purse: $750,000

TV: 4–9 PM ET on NBC Sports Network and TVG, 1:30 – 7 PM ET on Fox Sports 1

 

The post Equibase Analysis: Ete Indien Not A ‘Need-The-Lead’ Florida Derby Contender appeared first on Horse Racing News | Paulick Report.

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Steve May Named Executive Director Of Minnesota Racing Commission

Steve May Named Executive Director Of Minnesota Racing Commission

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has announced the appointment of Steve May of Georgetown, Ky., as the next executive director of the Minnesota Racing Commission. May will assume his new duties in late April, succeeding Tom DiPasquale, who retired in February after serving as director since 2013.

May is the Director of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Compliance for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Previously, he was vice president and business manager of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, a national association that represents pari-mutuel racing regulators in most racing states, including Minnesota. May’s educational background includes bachelor and master degrees, including an MBA.

Minnesota Racing Commission chairman Jim Lane congratulated Governor Walz on his appointment of a respected, nationally known racing and wagering industry official to serve as director at a critical time for horse racing in Minnesota and the nation. “Steve May has had broad background in racing and pari-mutuel operations and is well suited by education and experience to lead the fine commission staff assembled here in Minnesota by his predecessor,” said Lane.

Public health emergencies have cast uncertainty over horse racing throughout the United States and Canada. Racing continues in some states, such as in California, Arkansas, and Florida, but without fans in the stands or at the betting windows. Last week both Canterbury Park and Running Aces Casino, Hotel, and Racetrack closed their card clubs and race books for indefinite periods.

Uncertainty also surrounds opening of the stable areas for training and 2020 race meetings. Canterbury Park had planned to open its stable area to horsemen in mid-April but informed the Commission last week that it did not now anticipate opening to horsemen until May 1, at the earliest, and perhaps later. Racing dates at Running Aces are also on hold.

Chairman Lane cautioned that the much anticipated opening of live racing in Minnesota in mid-May is likely to be postponed for several weeks, perhaps longer, if health emergencies persist. “We simply don’t know what the future of this pandemic holds for our sport,” said Lane. “At least for now, we must remain vigilant and exercise common sense by following applicable CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines to protect ourselves and families, horsemen, racetrack and card club customers, and commission and racing association employees. As we’re being reminded daily, ‘we’re all in this together.’”

 

The post Steve May Named Executive Director Of Minnesota Racing Commission appeared first on Horse Racing News | Paulick Report.

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Pricey Candy Ride Colt Takes Salty Gulfstream Allowance

Pricey Candy Ride Colt Takes Salty Gulfstream Allowance

9th-Gulfstream, $44,000, Alw (NW1$X)/Opt. Clm ($75,000), 3-27, 3yo, 1m, 1:35.30, ft. MONEY MOVES (c, 3, Candy Ride {Arg}–Citizen Advocate {MSW & GSP, $327,450}, by Proud Citizen), a debut winner sprinting in the slop here Feb. 15, handled the stretch out to a mile successfully Friday while besting a salty bunch in the process. Attending the

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Santa Anita Park Closed by LA County Officials Due to COVID-19

Santa Anita Park Closed by LA County Officials Due to COVID-19

Santa Anita Park was forced to close indefinitely Friday–making its announcement shortly before post time–on orders of the Los Angeles County Health Department in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Aidan Butler, acting executive director of California racing for the Stronach Group (TSG), confirmed via text that for now, training is unaffected at Santa Anita. The

The post Santa Anita Park Closed by LA County Officials Due to COVID-19 appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions.

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