Benner Island Steps Up in the Grade 1 Acorn

A look at Benner Island‘s past performances might suggest the filly entered in Saturday’s Acorn Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park is due for a loss. After all, she won last out in the Eight Belles (G2) at Churchill Downs in May, and following each of her two previous wins, she’s slumped a bit before returning…

Brian’s Derby Preps: The El Camino Real Derby

Golden Gate Fields: The GIII, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points 10-4-2-1) While synthetic racing has gone out of favor in recent years, Golden Gate’s featured event has lured a pair of legitimate dirt horses looking to get some ever-important Kentucky Derby qualifying points, in #3 ANN ARBOR EDDIE and…

Saratoga: May It Be Ever Thus

The final first of Saratoga 2016 was not one that we looked forward to. This summer, we celebrated pinhooker Andrew Motion’s first Saratoga yearling sale, and trainer Ray Handal’s first Saratoga win, and trainer Lacey Gaudet’s first Saratoga starter. And then we waited. Not for a first, but for a next, to see if trainer…