Arrogate will launch the second half of his season Saturday in the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. The 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-olds and older will launch what is expected to be a three-race campaign for him.
Mike Brunker is an assistant city editor at the Review-Journal and he writes a weekly horse racing column. The column is posted on Thursday's and appears in Friday's print edition. He previously covered horse racing for the San Francisco Examiner, the Thoroughbred Times and NBCSports.com. Follow @mike_brunker on Twitter
Del Mar and Saratoga racetracks offer a welcome respite to horseplayers tired of trying to wring a profit out of too many five- and six-horse races, but even they aren’t immune to the worsening horse shortage problem.
Many of the top jockeys in the U.S. are getting a bit long in the stirrups, but phenomenal riding feats by two youngsters this past weekend suggested that the next generation is ready to step to the fore.
Sometimes handicapping a horse race is like sitting on a jury and trying to decide if the star witness is telling the truth. A case in point is Saturday’s United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park, a 1 3/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up.
Saturday’s Ohio Derby (G3) could vault a horse into the top ranks of the sophomore set. Join the R-J’s interactive handicapping forum and post your picks on Twitter, using the hashtag #RJhorseracing.
Meet the Review-Journal’s new horse racing columnist and join in what he hopes will develop into a far-ranging handicapping conversation.