LET'S GO TO THE RACES - JAN. 24-25, 2015
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LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!! While the Kentucky Derby Trail has been under way for several months with a few races having been completed, the industry traditionally recognizes the HOLY BULL as the official start for the Triple Crown season. Kentucky Derby prep season Game On in Holy Bull
Sunday: Hong Kong Triple Crown: The Triple Crown series at Hong Kong's Sha Tin Racecourse consists of three races at increasingly longer distances. Unlike most other Triple Crown events, these races are not confined to three-year-olds. They are:
- Hong Kong Stewards' Cup at 1,600 metres (0.99 mi) Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
- Hong Kong Gold Cup at 2,000 metres (1.2 mi) March 1, 2015
- Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup at 2,400 metres (1.5 mi) May 31, 2015
Bulletin: ABLE FRIEND takes the Stewards' Cup easily, running next to last most of the race, then surging at the end to easily pass the field for a win by open lengths. Results page with multi-angle video replay Hong Kong Jockey Club Able Friend horse page with video replays of his races
FLASH: HURRICANE FLY MAKES HISTORY!
History was made today at Leopardstown with the 5th Irish Champion Hurdle win by the great Hurricane Fly, who has now beaten the great Istabaq's record of 4. The Fly also has 22 Grade 1s, a world record.
Special Treat: Hurricane Fly will meet his nemesis, Jezki, in Sunday's Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. The Fly will be going for his record-setting 5th straight Irish Champion Hurdle, and if he's successful, he will break the venerable Istabraq's all-time record of 4 straight. Read more
Another mighty battle between the legendary HURRICANE FLY and Cheltenham Champion Hurdle hero Jezki is on the cards, with the score currently four-two in favour of Willie Mullins' superstar. It's quite astonishing how, at the age of 11, this son of Montjeu continues to compete at such a high standard and he can create more history by winning his fifth Irish Champion Hurdle (one more than Istabraq). He took his record to nine from nine around here when beating his old adversary by just half a length in the Ryanair, putting his head down and ears back as we have seen so many times in the past, and he will be near impossible to pass if arriving in the same stubborn mood. Jessica Harrington will be hoping for third-time lucky this term with Jezki and he should put up a good fight, but ultimately, he and Arctic Fire might be left to fight out minor honours again.
Handicapping Insights - Dick Powell - 1-23-15
But things are beginning to heat up for all of us and Saturday's Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park is a major step on the road to the Kentucky Derby (G1).
The field of 10 has a few things in common. None are graded stakes winners. Six are eligible for non-winners-of-one allowance conditions and two others would be eligible for most tracks' allowance conditions since their other wins came against state-bred foes. Only Bluegrass Singer (Bluegrass Cat) has won an open stakes race.
So basically, the Holy Bull is a good allowance race going 1 1/16 miles on the Gulfstream Park main track. And, let's remind ourselves that we are looking to solve the Holy Bull puzzle, not pick a horse that will win the Kentucky Derby.
DRF Handicaps the Cal Cup Derby and Sunshine Millions at Santa Anita
Handicapping the races at Santa Anita Saturday - HRTV - video
THS Holy Bull Stakes - Video
TCI Insider - Holy Bull Preview - Video
Sophomores spotlight weekend Holy Bull plus 4 other stakes
James Scully KY Derby Report - Brisnet - 1-21-15
Come back after a race and click on CARD below for replay.