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Friday, March 6, 2015

National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, Sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc.: Gotham, San Felipe and Tampa Bay Derby

Welcome to the second edition of the National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc. Each edition features a look at the major prep races on the road to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Below you will find a variety of links to previews, analysis, video and more for this weekend’s major prep races.

After the links, you will also find useful information about the Kentucky Derby prep race schedule, points standings and leading contenders.

If you have a link to suggest, please email hj@hbpa.org. You may also post your comments or selections to this blog by clicking the comment link at the bottom of this posting.

$400,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) * Aqueduct * 3/7 * Approx. Post Time 4:50pm ET

Gotham Stakes Preview by Paul Mazur – Chicago Now

Gotham Stakes Video Preview – DRF.com

Gotham Stakes Picks and Predictions – Docsports.com

Analysis of Gotham Field – Wall Street Journal

Looking Back: The Gotham’s Glorious History – Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

$400,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2) * Santa Anita * 3/7 * Approx. Post Time 2:57 pm PT

Ocho Ocho Ocho Set for 3-year-old Debut in San Felipe – DRF.com

Bob Baffert Holds Strong Hand in San Felipe – ESPN.com

Is Dortmund a Wildcat, or Just Big, Strong and Unbeaten? – USA Today

San Felipe Stakes: Helping Horses Make History – Lady and the Track

Dortmund’s Run for Triple Crown Redemption – Wall Street Journal

$350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) * Tampa Bay Downs * 3/7 * Approx. Post Time 5:23 pm ET

Tampa Bay Derby Preview by Nicolle Neulist – Chicago Now

Carpe Diem Returns for Pletcher – ESPN.com

Carpe Diem Aims to Seize Tampa Bay Derby – Tampa Bay Times

Ocean Knight Joins Carpe Diem in Tampa Bay Derby – Louisville Courier-Journal

Tampa Bay Derby a Solid Step on the Kentucky Derby Trail – TimeformUS

Helpful Links:

Complete Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule with Point Values – KentuckyDerby.com

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Info – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Power Rankings from Leading Handicappers – KentuckyDerby.com

Profiles of Leading Kentucky Derby Contenders – KentuckyDerby.com

Daily Racing Form's Derby Top 20 – DRF.com

Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen – BloodHorse.com

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