Mo Town and John Velazquez at Aqueduct. Photo NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Brian’s Derby Preps: The Risen Star

Brian Nadeau is back this year to offer insight and analysis on this year’s road to the Kentucky Derby. A handicapper at Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB, he’ll analyze every official Derby points race and the three Triple Crown races, back at Brooklyn Backstretch for the sixth year. Fair Grounds: The Grade II, $400,000 Risen Star…

Gun Runner &; Florent Geroux win the Risen Star. Amanda Hodges Weir/Hodges Photography

Brian’s Derby Preps: The Louisiana Derby

 by Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB TV. Fair Grounds: The GII, $1 million Louisiana Derby at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 100-40-20-10) #1 Gun Runner (3-1): Heavy-hitter sat a dream trip in winning the local prep, the GII Risen Star last month, as he settled off the hot pace to the inside, tipped…

Mo Tom With Corey Lanerie aboard, wins the Lecomte Stakes (Gr III) for three-year-olds, at the Fair Grounds Race Course, January 16, 2016 in New Orleans, LA. Owned by
G M B Racing and trained by Tom Amoss, Mo Tom ran the 1 Mile 70 yard race in 1:43.18.
Photo by Amanda Weir Hodges / Hodges Photography

Brian’s Derby Preps 2016: The Risen Star

Fair Grounds: The GII, $400,000 Risen Star at 1 1/16 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 50-20-10-5) #1 In Equality (30-1): NY invader will be one of the longer shots in the field, but if nothing else, it’s nice to see Gyarmati ship many a mile with a closer who should appreciate the long stretch here.…

FG plaque

Brian’s Derby Preps 2016: The Lecomte

 With great pleasure I post the first of Brian Nadeau’s analyses of this year’s Kentucky Derby preps. We started this way back in 2009, and I am thrilled that Brian is back for another year. Brian handicaps at Horseplayer Now, is a regular on Capital OTB TV in upstate New York, and writes a weekly Breeders’ Cup…

itsaknockout1FOY Gulfstream

Itsaknockout Gets A TKO

The weekend’s Kentucky Derby preps, the first in this year’s Champion Series, saw familiar faces get their pictures taken in New Orleans and Hot Springs, but an upstart in Florida knocked the horse of the same name out of the winner’s circle at Gulfstream Park, via a controversial disqualification. In the oddly-run Grade II Besilu…