On Saturday at Churchill Downs, the track will host the $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes. The Grade 2 event was formerly known as the Firecracker Stakes and was won by the two-time Horse of the Year in both 2011 and 2013. The mile and a sixteenth turf race has drawn a field of eleven.
While the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) is the highlight of the day on Saturday, June 11, there will be no shortage of star quality in the undercard races. The track is scheduled to card a total of seven graded stakes races with over $6.6 million in purses.
The 2016 Belmont won’t feature the Kentucky Derby winner and no Triple Crown is on the line, but from a handicapping standpoint the test of champions promises to be a far better betting race than the Preakness.
The featured race on Saturday at Arlington Park is the $100,000 Arlington Classic. Scheduled to be run at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf, the Grade 3 event has drawn a field of twelve three-year-old colts and geldings.
The field is set for the $100,000 Arlington Matron Stakes from Arlington Park. The Grade 3 event will be contested at a mile and an eighth on the synthetic main track and has drawn a field of eleven fillies and mares.
The 2016 edition of the Preakness Stakes will be held on Saturday, May 21 at Pimlico Race Course and the field has begun to take shape. The official draw will be held on Wednesday, but the undefeated Nyquist will be the favorite as he attempts to win the second leg of the Triple Crown.
At the conclusion of every Kentucky Derby, it seems like there's barely time for a deep breath before the handicapping and general interest conversation turns to the Preakness with two looming question: can the winner repeat and who's he going to face?