West Coast rules in Pennsylvania Derby

Twice, Bob Baffert put the tack on West Coast before the Pennsylvania Derby, and both times the trainer thought the same thing. Where in the world is Jimmy Barnes?

Steeplechase Picks & Preview: Shawan Downs and Foxfield

Well, hello again, it’s that time of year again. The steeplechase season gets underway in earnest with a weekend full of action. It starts with an eight-race extravaganza at Shawan Downs Saturday and finishes with a six-race menu at Foxfield Sunday. There’s a little bit for everybody with hurdle, timber and flat action.

All The Way Jose makes it back to top

Almost four years ago, jump jockey Darren Nagle realized the biggest win of his career when Divine Fortune ran away with the Grand National on the way to an Eclipse Award as champion steeplechaser of 2013. One race later, Nagle rode 3-year-old first-timer All The Way Jose. “I got on him and gave him absolutely no ride whatsoever,” Nagle recalled Thursday. “The next season he was novice champion and I never rode him again.”

The Saturday Special – Sept. 23

Time to get serious. The Breeders’ Cup World Championships is a mere six weeks from Saturday and that means it’s time for final preps on the road to Del Mar. We’ve got those preps and more covered in this week’s edition of The Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud.

Belmont Park Jump Analysis and Picks

The September nap is over. Time to open the blinds and read the form. It’s time for the autumn steeplechase schedule. The ST handicappers took the summer off (tending to The Saratoga Special and other projects) but we’re back with two races at Belmont Park Thursday and a full weekend of races at Shawan Downs and Foxfield.

Mutasaawy, Moscato mix it up in Entenmann

Dear Thoroughbred breeders, owners, trainers, buyers and breakers who worry about the mindset of the progeny of a certain leading sire . . . we give you Mutasaawy and trainer Neil Morris. “You hear it from people about Tapits being a little bit difficult, but that’s not him,” trainer Neil Morris said of the 7-year-old gelding he trains for Pathfinder Racing. “He’s like a Labrador to travel with, to do anything with.”