Mister Marti Gras takes another crack at Hawthorne Gold Cup

Stickney, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Mister Marti Gras goes for another shot at the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Saturday after finishing second in last year’s renewal. Trained by Chris Block, Mister Marti Gras will take on 10 rivals in the 1 1/4- mile stakes at Hawthorne Race Course just outside Chicago. The 7-year-old chestnut gelding will


Tampa Bay Downs begins meeting Saturday

Oldsmar, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Saturday marks the opening of Tampa Bay Downs’ 91-day, 2014-2015 meeting. The meet will again he highlighted by the running of the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby for 3-year-old Kentucky Derby hopefuls. “(Racing secretary) Allison De Luca has done an awesome job recruiting top racing outfits. We had almost twice as many


Up the Backstretch: Longer wait than expected for Exodus

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Hebrews of the Jewish Bible waited for their redemption from bondage about 400 years. The Exodus lasted 40 years until they reached the Promised Land. The promised land for Fox Hill Farm’s 2-year-old Exodus has yet been reached in as much as the colt failed to break his maiden Sunday


Juvenile Fillies runner-up pointed to Kentucky Oaks

New Orleans. LA (SportsNetwork.com) – Top Decile, second in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies, has the 2015 Kentucky Oaks on her calendar. Trained by Al Stall Jr., Top Decile is stabled at Fair Grounds Race Course and is back training after taking a vacation since dropping a three-quarters length decision to 61-1 longshot Take Charge


California Chrome has first work on turf

Del Mar, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome posted a workout Sunday morning over Del Mar’s turf course ahead of a start in Saturday’s $300,000 Hollywood Derby. The 3-year-old chestnut colt, trained by Art Sherman, worked four furlongs on the Jimmy Durante turf course in 52 seconds with his regular


Mission Brief is a Name to Remember in Harness Racing

People that swing for the fences are always welcome in the world of horse racing. The excitement of the track is conducive with the attitude of either going home empty handed or with wads of cash.  This is because of the take that the tracks and everyone else leaches onto your winnings.  It has made


Take Charge Brandi favored in Delta Downs Princess

Vinton, LA (SportsNetwork.com) – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Take Charge Brandi has been made the 2-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes at Delta Downs. The Princess Stakes shares the card with the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne


Shared Belief returns to track after Breeders’ Cup Classic

Berkeley, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Eclipse Award winner Shared Belief returned to training Tuesday morning at Golden Gate Fields for his first workout since finishing fourth in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, the 3-year-old gelding worked three furlongs in 36.60 seconds. “Shared


Churchill Downs cancels Wednesday card

Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) – Unusually cold weather has forced Churchill Downs to cancel Wednesday’s racing program. Churchill Downs’ main track is frozen which precipitated Tuesday training to be canceled. Track officials have determined that track conditions will not improve enough before racing Wednesday, so the decision was made to cancel the racing card. “Our top


Up the Backstretch: California Chrome not done, yet

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – For many people the Breeders’ Cup marks the end of the thoroughbred racing season in North America. But don’t tell that to the connections of California Chrome. California Chrome, the winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is not wrapping up his 2014 campaign until the end of November