Aaron Vercruysse, Jeff Siegel and Zoe Cadman look ahead to a full slate of Saturday Stakes action as the road to the Triple Crown begins to take center stage. This week's stakes include: the Barbara Fritchie and General George Stakes from Laurel Park, the Rachel Alexandra and Risen Star Stakes from Fair Grounds, the Old Man Eloquent and Sage of Monticello Stakes from Gulfstream Park, the El Camino Real Derby from Golden Gate Fields and the Buena Vista Stakes from Santa Anita Park.
Jeff Siegel and Aaron Vercruysse dish out their best bets to kick off the weekend from Gulfstream and Santa Anita Park. Jeff sticks to the East Coast for his plays and kicks things off in the 3rd race at Gulfstream with Little Plumber, who ran a bang-up race last time out and should benefit from an anticipated change in tactics this time around. Closing out his Friday Jeff heads to the 10th race with Salsa Jack, who is debuting for an outfit that thrives with first-time starters and has been training well for his debut. Aaron Vercruysse sticks to the West Coast for his best bets on Friday and starts out in the 6th at Santa Anita with Play Hard to Get, who has been running against tougher competition and should benefit from a relief in class this time around. Closing out a Friday of racing Aaron heads to the nightcap with Rak City, who may be lone speed in a field devoid of it and should be able to take them wire-to-wire.
Jeff Siegel looks for Elk Camp to win his second start in a row on the turf in Race 1 at Gulfstream Park. Jeff also likes the upside that Frankincense possesses and expects him to move forward in start number two in Race 1 at Santa Anita Park. Aaron Vercruysse likes the company Majestic Design kept in her debut and expects her to move up while making her first start in the Richard Baltas barn in Race 4. Aaron also says to beware of Streetwithnoname at a big price in the 8th Race that has fall apart written all over it at Santa Anita Park.
Aaron Vercruysse, Jeff Siegel and Millie Ball take an in-depth look at a busy slate of Saturday stakes action. This week's Saturday Overnight includes: the Gulfstream Park Turf and Suwannee River Stakes from Gulfstream Park, the San Vicente, Santa Maria and Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita Park, the Sam F. Davis and South Endeavor Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and the California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields.
Aaron Vercruysse, Jeff Siegel and Zoe Cadman take a closer look at an action-packed slate of Saturday stakes action, highlighted by a pair of key Triple Crown preps. This week's featured stakes include the Swale, Sweetest Chant, Forward Gal, Dania Beach and Holy Bull from Gulfstream Park, plus the Palos Verdes, Robert B. Lewis, San Marcos and San Pasqual at Santa Anita Park.
Florent Geroux goes into detail on his $16 million ride in the Pegasus World Cup aboard Gun Runner. He says it was extra sweet for his star horse to win his final start and emotional for him to win such a big race shortly after losing his father.
Aaron Vercruysse moderates a spirited debate of the Pegasus World Cup between Laffit Pincay, Jeff Siegel, Zoe Cadman, Richard Migliore and Millie Ball. They debate how to wager on the race and if the West or East Coast contingent presents a bigger challenge to Gun Runner. Plus, what impact will the pace have on the race and what will Gun Runner's legacy be if he ends his career with a win in the world's richest race.