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Kristufek's closing-day Kentucky Downs Scouting Report
Kristufek's closing-day Kentucky Downs Scouting Report

2020-09-16T09:38:57.000ZJoe Kristufek

Wednesday’s Kentucky Downs card forecast calls for partly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80’s.
Kristufek's Kentucky Downs Scouting Report for Sept. 15
Kristufek's Kentucky Downs Scouting Report for Sept. 15

2020-09-14T15:34:27.000ZJoe Kristufek

Mike Maker won four consecutive races (2-5) and Wesley Ward answered with a win of his own.
Kristufek's Kentucky Downs Scouting Report for Sept. 12
Kristufek's Kentucky Downs Scouting Report for Sept. 12

2020-09-12T09:48:13.000ZJoe Kristufek

With the rail out 40 feet for the third consecutive day, the turf was noticeably worn on Thursday. The surface played truer to profile, with the four shorter races favoring forward runners.
Kristufek's Kentucky Downs Scouting Report for Sept. 10
Kristufek's Kentucky Downs Scouting Report for Sept. 10

2020-09-09T12:12:46.000ZJoe Kristufek

With the rail 40 feet out and a run-up of at least 240 feet, the distances of Wednesday's races were considerably further than advertised. For some perspective, imagine running nearly the length of an entire football field before the timer even start ...
Kristufek's Kentucky Downs Scouting Report for Sept. 9
Kristufek's Kentucky Downs Scouting Report for Sept. 9

2020-09-08T19:20:03.000ZJoe Kristufek

There has been no rain leading into Wednesday’s card and the forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the high 80s. I will favor horses with forward speed in sprints and an off the pace style in routes.
Kristufek's Saratoga Scouting Report: Kentucky Horses for Aug. 9
Kristufek's Saratoga Scouting Report: Kentucky Horses for Aug. 9

2020-08-08T15:35:04.000ZJoe Kristufek

Sunday’s featured race at Saratoga is the Alydar Stakes, and the likely favorite Endorsed looms squarely as the horse to beat.
Kristufek's Saratoga Scouting Report: Kentucky Horses for Aug. 8
Kristufek's Saratoga Scouting Report: Kentucky Horses for Aug. 8

2020-08-07T13:02:51.000ZJoe Kristufek

Five graded stakes, including a trio of Grade I events, highlights a star studded Saturday program at Saratoga.
Saratoga Scouting Report: Aug. 7 Kentucky Horses
Saratoga Scouting Report: Aug. 7 Kentucky Horses

2020-08-06T10:38:24.000ZJoe Kristufek

Friday’s featured Saratoga Special (G2) includes a trio of colts I’m very familiar with from their runs in the Blue Grass State.
Kristufek's Saratoga Scouting Report: Kentucky Horses for Aug. 6
Kristufek's Saratoga Scouting Report: Kentucky Horses for Aug. 6

2020-08-05T14:24:04.000ZJoe Kristufek

Thursday’s featured race at Saratoga is the New York Stallion Series for 3-year-olds on turf, and the Kentucky invader Jolting Joe looms as the horse to beat. As the racing analyst at Churchill Downs , it’s my job to provide information you c ...
Kristufek’s Saratoga Scouting Report: Aug. 5 Kentucky Horses
Kristufek’s Saratoga Scouting Report: Aug. 5 Kentucky Horses

2020-08-04T13:55:17.000ZJoe Kristufek

The featured ninth race on Wednesday’s Saratoga card is a second-level optional claiming allowance on turf. In a compact field of six, Chad Brown saddles the two likely favorites in She’s Got You and the Euro invader Miss Teheran. As the racing ...
Kristufek's Saratoga Scouting Report: Aug. 2 Kentucky Horses
Kristufek's Saratoga Scouting Report: Aug. 2 Kentucky Horses

2020-08-01T16:47:56.000ZJoe Kristufek

Sunday’s featured race at Saratoga is the $100,000 Birdstone S. over 1 3/4 miles on dirt. Moretti, who takes the blinkers off for Todd Pletcher, looms as the horse to beat.