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Major Weekend Stakes Highlight Horse Racing Lineup

The road to the Kentucky Derby goes through Hallandale Beach, Florida and New Orleans, Louisiana.
At Gulfstream, the Fountain of Youth stakes is scheduled to break from the gate in a Race 11 at 4:33 Birmingham time. The significance of this race? Last year, this race was won by Orb. The Shug McGaughey star went on to also triumph in the Florida Derby and then the big one in Kentucky.
Six time Eclipse Award winning trainer Todd Pletcher holds a full hand of 2014 a Derby contenders. His ace goes in the Zfountain of Youth as Commissiiner makes his stakes debut from post number one. He has already won two races longer than a mile and has Hall of a Fame rider Zjihn Valazquez in the saddle. Commissioner defeated one of Saturday’s primary rivals. McGaughey sends out Top Billing(12) ridden by Joel Rosario. The youngsters staged a compelling stretch duel last December at Churchill Downs. Top a Billing, foes his best running late and his connections will hope got a fast pace up front.
Other notable, dangerous, upset minded runners entered in the 13 horse field include…Dale Roman’s #3 Medal Count, an accomplished runner and great hunch play with the. Olympics going on now, Wildcat Red(4) and General A Rod(5)

Another big field lines up at Fair Grounds in the Risen Star Stakes. The race is scheduled to send 14 colts to the post. The two most heralded of the group are #2 Rise Up and Vicar’s In Trouble(14).
Rise Up has the most earnings in the bank of all three year old contenders. He won the$1 Million Delta Jackot in December. Vicar’s In Trouble destroyed his foes in the LeComte stakes at Fair Grounds. Rosie Napravnik, one of America’s top riders, is back aboard.
That guy Todd Pletcher is ever present here as well with Intense Holiday(9) Mike Smith, a Hall of Fame jockey flies in from California which gives this experienced runner instant credence. Same applies for rider Cory Nakatani aboard Gold Hawk(4). And a final California connection as colorful SoCal based handler Bob Baffert ships in #8 Hoppertunity. If the Sesotho eligible, #15 Emmet Zpark gets in the race, do not ignore him.

Kip’s Piks
Gulfstream 11 Fountain of Youth 4:33 pm
1 Commissioner
5 General A Rod
12 Top Billing

Fair Grounds Risen Star 6:25 pm
9 intense Holiday
2 Rise Up
4 Gold Hawk

Birmingham Weekend Preview/Picks
Friday : Great feature races matching top stars on the card. Newcomer Roc A By Misery(1) Batavia(2) and Coach Quinton(4) square off in 3/16 7th race. In a Race 9″ Coach Andrew shoots for his 5th in a row. Stretch driving WW’S Leprecaun(4) stands in the way. The10th race is loaded with sprint stars. WW’S Handgun8) and CTW Esmerelda are top echelon 3/16 mainstays. #7 Lunar
Landing is an emerging mega star.
Best Bets
Race 6 #5 Where’s Lancealot
Race 12 #7 Lunar Landing
Race 18 #1 Coach Fergie

Saturday Matinee
Two Fade A sprints are the day’s highlight races. Two Southern New England stars try to stay red hot. Oakland Wrap Up, post 3 Race 8, has won 7 of 8. Surprising CRT Lenny(7) has three in a tow under his blanket. He tries to keep it going in Race 10.
Best Bets
Race 2 #4 Cry Sunstreaker
Race 6 #6 Charismatic Kara
Race 9 #1 CTW Greek God

Saturday Night
Coach Neville(4) in Race 7 has been on a month long run of excellence. The incomparable WW Headliner will wear the blue #2 in the 9th race. The most consistent winner in the history of the sport tries to win for the 13th time in the new year after winning an all time single season record 65 races in 2013. She comes in tonight with 93 career wins. The long distance runners go in a Race 11. WW’S Penske Edge(1) is clearly the man to beat. He makes his backers nervous coming from way back but flies late extremely wide.
Best Bets
Race 4 #8 CRT Brandon
Race 8 #5 Piece Of Cake
Race 17 #8 RWC Mybudshenna

Basketball Headliners
NCAA Saturday
Syracuse at Duke
Orange stunned in last game, their first loss at lovely Biston College. Duke had to play a markup game Thursday 8 miles away at North Carolina. Bad timing got Dukeon both fronts. The game at Syracuse was a classic. Look for three pace yo break more to Syracuse’s liking. Orangemen are the play.
Other Games to Watch
Kentucky over LSU
Alabama over Missouri
Kansas over Texas

It’s not nice yo fool Mother Nature or tug on Superman’s cape. It’s also not a good idea to embarrass the King and the champs. The Heat went into Oklahoma and spanked the Thunder Thursfay night. It avenged an ugly beat down by Ok City to the Heat in South Florida several weeks ago.changing of the guard? Nit so fast it appears.
Charlotte over New Orleans
Toronto over Cleveland
Phoenix over San Antonio
Atlanta over New York
Golden State over Brooklyn

Chicago over Miami
Brooklyn over LA Lakers

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