The Saturday Special – February 25

New Orleans is in the spotlight this week – not for Mardi Gras, even though it's next week – but as the latest stop on the Kentucky Derby trail. A loaded card at Fair Grounds highlights this week’s edition of The Saratoga Special presented by Pin Oak Stud and there’s plenty of lagniappe at other racetracks around the world to keep you occupied.

One step at a time

“Is it six days?

Time flies when you’re having fun.

“That’s amazing.”

Then Ian Wilkes laughed long and hard.

Imperial Hint stands tall in General George

Luis Carvajal Jr. tightened the girth on Imperial Hint before Saturday’s General George Stakes at Laurel Park and headed toward the grandstand to watch. The trainer felt some nerves, but also believed his horse – coming in off back-to-back wins – belonged in the Grade 3. Then Carvajal heard some railbirds talking.

Monday Afternoon Rewind: Cue Card to Bodhisattva

You read The Saturday Special, took your notes, watched the races and either believed in us or wondered about us. Yeah, that happens. From Cue Card’s triumph to Page McKenney’s ouster, here’s your Monday Morning Rewind.

Iroquois, Cheltenham renew $500,000 challenge

When Rawnaq won the $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Steeplechase last May, he not only notched his first Grade 1 success by edging out Irish invaders Shaneshill and Nichols Canyon, but he also catapulted himself into the 2016 Eclipse Award as champion steeplechaser by qualifying to run for the $500,000 Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge.