Brian’s Derby Preps: The Spiral Stakes

Turfway Park: The Grade III, $500,000 Spiral at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 50-20-10-5) There’s little doubt synthetic racing has fallen out of flavor in recent years, which is why it’s a bit surprising that the GIII Spiral will still (essentially) award an automatic starting berth into the Kentucky Derby, but that’s exactly the case…

Brian’s Derby Preps: The Spiral Stakes

 by Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB TV.  Turfway Park: The GIII, $500,000 Spiral at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points 50-20-10-5) While the Spiral has lost a lot of luster in recent years as synthetic racing has fallen out of favor, it still ranks as essentially a “Win and You’re In” race for the…

Brian’s Derby Preps 2015: The Spiral

Turfway Park: The Grade III, $550,000 Spiral at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 50-20-10-5) While the Spiral runs the risk of being racing’s version of the Edsel, it did draw a solid field this year with runners from name barns like Amoss, Casse, Maker and Pletcher, so there’s some potential here, no doubt.…

Brian’s Derby Preps: The Spiral

Eighty-five points on the line at Turfway Park, in the race won by Animal Kingdom in 2011 and his stablemate Went the Day Well a year later.  Not sure how much effect it will have on our Derby charity league, but we’re back again tomorrow with the Sunland Derby, and Brian will have his analysis…