OTB Race Previews
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The 2011 Eclipse Awards were handed out last Monday night in Beverley Hills in an elaborate ceremony that fans across country could only view online. The Daily Racing Form, National Thoroughbred Racing Association and National Turf Writers Association all came together as they do every year to determine this year's winners.
The 38th running of the $150,000 Grade 2 La Cañada Stakes comes our way on Sunday, January 22nd at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The race features four-year-old fillies and it covers a distance of 1 1/16 miles on Santa Anita's main track.
The Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes is on tap for this Saturday, January 21st at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The race is open to horses age four and up and it covers 6 furlongs on Santa Anita's dirt track. A $150,000 purse will be up for grabs in the 8th race on Saturday's card. Post time for the Palos Verdes is 4:07 PM PST.
The Grade 3 $175,000 LeComte Stakes will take place on Saturday, January 21 at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is open to 3-year-olds and will be run over 1 mile and 40 yards (8.2 furlongs) on the Fair Grounds' dirt main track. The LeComte is an important prep race for trainers hoping to take part in the $1 million Louisiana Derby, and potentially the Kentucky Derby later this year.
The 25th running of the Grade 3 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap is on tap this weekend as a part of The Fair Grounds' Road to the Derby Kickoff Day. The race features older horses four years old and up and is contested over 1 1/16 miles on The Fair Grounds Turf track. A purse of $100,000 is up for grabs in what is sure to be a very intriguing race.
The 65th running of the San Gabriel Stakes Stakes is on tap for Santa Anita Park on Monday, January 16, 2012. It is the third $150,000 race in three days at Santa Anita. The difference in this race is that it will be contested on turf rather than Santa Anita's main dirt surface. The San Gabriel Stakes is open to older horses - four-years-old and up and it covers 1 1/8 miles. The race has attracted a solid group of six entries all trying to gain some traction early in the 2012 racing season.
The 61st running of the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes takes place this weekend - Sunday, January 15, 2012 at Santa Anita Park. The second $150,000 race of the weekend at Santa Anita Park features three-year-old fillies and covers 6 1/2 furlongs on Santa Anita's dirt track.
The 60th running of the Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes comes our way from Santa Anita Park on Saturday, January 14th 2012. The race covers 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs) and takes place on Santa Anita's main dirt track. Four year olds will be racing for a purse of $150,000 - $90,000 to the winner, $30,000 to second, $18,000 to third, $9,000 to fourth and $3,000 to fifth.
A field of seven Kentucky Derby hopefuls will go a mile and 70 yards over the inner track at Aqueduct on Saturday in the $150,000 Count Fleet Stakes. Three horses that were in November's Breeders Cup are in the field including Alpha who is the 4-5 favorite on the morning line.
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