By Steve Davidowitz | At Aqueduct in New York on Saturday, undefeated GEMOLIGIST turned in a very game performance to narrowly defeat a hard charging ALPHA in the $1 million Wood Memorial Stakes. Meanwhile, at Santa Anita Park in Southern California I’LL HAVE ANOTHER proved that his upset victory in the San Felipe Stakes two months ago was no fluke, as he outgamed a strong late bid from the betting favorite CREATIVE CAUSE to take the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby.
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Steve Davidowitz, author of The Best and Worst of Thoroughbred Racing, has been a professional handicapper, reporter, editor, columnist and consultant to newspapers, magazines and Internet websites for more than three decades. He also wrote the influential and best-selling handicapping book, Betting Thoroughbreds for the 21St Century, (DRF Press, 2009), which has sold more than 180,000 copies worldwide in three editions and 13 printings.A highly touted baseball star at Rutgers University, Davidowitz began his interest in horse-racing when a bookmaker gave him a copy of the 1959 American Racing Manual. Ironically, Davidowitz eventually would be commissioned to bring that prestigious racing encyclopedia back to print as ARM’s Editor in Chief from 2000-2003. An active and successful horseplayer, Steve has contributed op-ed columns and investigative reports for The New York Times; was Executive Editor of Turf and Sport Digest Magazine; helped design racing pages for six major market newspapers. Steve also has written hundreds of features and columns about the game’s greatest races and stars as well as numerous columns on racing issues from the player’s perspective.
Steve currently lives in Las Vegas and is the CEO-Editor in Chief of the popular horseplayer website www.GradeOneRacing.com from which he often extracts insightful workout information for his blog posts and feature articles
By Steve Davidowitz | Beautiful Keeneland Racecourse opened on Friday, April 6 and as the centerpiece of a stakes-rich 15-day spring meet it is set to host the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes next Saturday, the focus this weekend has to be elsewhere…
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By Steve Davidowitz | It is not unusual for upsets to occur in rich prep stakes that lead to the Kentucky Derby; it happens every year. But that should not diminish the importance of the two upsets that took place this past weekend in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on Saturday or the $1 million Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds on Sunday.
By Steve Davidowitz | UNION RAGS and EL PADRINO are the headliners in this Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby; LUCKY CHAPPY is the best known American invader in Saturday's $2 million United Arab Emirates Derby; while MARK VALESKI is the probably betting favorite in the $1 million Louisiana Derby on Sunday.
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By Steve Davidowitz | Going into the $500,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday, Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor International, thought he might be following a familiar script.
"This is the race that ANIMAL KINGDOM won last year that set him up for a possible trip to the Kentucky Derby," Irwin said. "Now we're going to see if WENT THE DAY WELL is a horse who deserves to make the same trip."