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  • Full Field of Fourteen in Metropolitan Handicap

    The final jewel of the TC is not the only major race taking place at BEL, as there are six Grade 1’s with half of them having major implications for the BC. Here we will look at the Metropolitan Handicap, a “win and in” race for the BC Dirt Mile with a nice $1,000.000 purse to be divided up between the top four finishers.

  • Winter Solstice Hopes for Golden 50th Start in The BEL Gold Cup

    There will be plenty of excitement at BEL this weekend, with several entertaining races on Friday getting us started for the bigger day on Saturday. Among those races will be the ninth running of the BEL Gold Cup, which is for older turf horses that like to just keep going and going with a twelve furlong distance.

  • Regulatory Edges Five Shot Party at the Wire in The Audubon

    Since being moved to the grass, Regulatory had been running a lot better, and seemed like he would be one of the top choices for the race. He was our second choice, and we were looking forward to an entertaining rematch between he and Details Matter. Only one of them would show up, and that would be the Mb Stables- trained entry that went off at unexpectedly high odds of 10/1.

  • Bronze Bomber Makes It Look Too Easy in Arlington Stakes

    There was every reason to like Bronze Bomber in the Arlington Stakes, especially when considering that he had scored two triple digit SRF’s in his prior two starts. That would make him our pick in the preview, and the bettors at the track would also find him to be the most appealing option.

  • Demon Too Hot for Rest of Aristides BC Field to Handle

    The Aristides BC seemed like a race that would be up for grabs, but Demon would make sure there was no doubt about who the best horse in the field actually was. He was the post time favorite, as well as being our pick to win, but I was surprised to see just how heavily bet that he was.

  • The Aristides BC Will Be Up For Grabs

    The Aristides BC is one of the races taking place at CD on Saturday, and will give us a field of six older horses going six furlongs on the main track. It has not always excluded three year olds, though, as from 2003 through 2018, those horses were allowed to participate.

  • Threshold Hopes Bronze Bomber Is Golden in Arlington Stakes

    Six horses have made their way to CD for Saturday’s running of the Arlington Stakes, which is a turf event that runs a little more than a mile. This race will be remembered more for being run at AP, being contested there from 2005 until 2021. The closure of that track did not mean the end of the race, as it was moved here to CD last year.

  • Checking Out the Details of The Audubon

    The racing will go on this weekend, but before I get into my first preview for the weekend, I want to say thank you to Mike La Rosa for giving me the opportunity to write for the SRF and for everything else he did for me and for the game. It is something that cannot be said enough, and I will forever be grateful for it. We will celebrate his legacy on Thursday, as well as the 20th anniversary of the game, and those two things certainly go hand in hand. Thank you, Mike.

  • Zalinda Shows Why She Was the Favorite in The Gamely Stakes

    Heading into the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes, it did seem as though Zalinda was the horse to beat. The seven year old mare had been consistently finishing in the money at the graded level even if they were not all victories. This would make her our selection as well as the pick of the bettors as she was made the post time favorite.

  • Zalinda Headlines the Field for The Gamely Stakes

    This Memorial Day, we’ll have plenty of great racing taking place and that will include Grade 1 action from SA. It is here where the 18th running of the Gamely Stakes will take a place, a race that has been a Grade 1 since inception. In its early years, it was run at HOL, and would move over to SA when that track faded into the history books.