(Gray Attempt — winning the Sugar Bowl at the Fair Grounds in his last out — is entered in the Smarty Jones Stakes this week at Oaklawn Park / Hodges Photography & Courtesy of the Fair Grounds)

Just got a nudge from my great friend Ed DeRosa over at www.brisnet.com — the only place you need to go for all of your handicapping needs and tools. He was snapping his fingers just loud enough to remind us here that a huge week of racing is approaching.

In addition to the fun in the sun down at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans — which will be highlighted, no doubt, by the racing debut of our very own Seek N Justice on Sunday — the gates will open on the 2019 race meet at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.

And, the weekend’s richest races will be hosted at Gulfstream Park down in South Florida. The Pegasus World Cup has now been divided into two divisions — one on the dirt and the other on the grass. Both should be fantastic racing events.

Here’s what we have for you:

Big week of racing coming up! Oaklawn opens on Friday and with it the Smarty Jones Stakes offers some Kentucky Derby points races

Smarty Jones PPs: http://www.brisnet.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/SmartyJones19.pdf

America’s richest races are Saturday at Gulfstream Park, and the fields are coming into focus. Here are contender PPs for both the turf and main track races:


Let’s get it started.