This Week’s Upcoming Stakes Schedule

Santa Anita
Santa Anita will host the Laz Barrera and the Desert Code on Saturday. Photo credit: Santa Anita

The Preakness isn’t until May 20, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some big races before then! Keep up with updates about all the big stakes races across the country with our stakes race tracker.


  • Churchill Downs: Unbridled Sydney Overnight Stakes ($65,000) – 5 furlongs on the grass for Fillies & Mares 3YO & up. READ HERE
  • Belmont Park: Grade 1 Man of War ($400,000) – 1 3/8 miles on the grass for 4-year-old & up. READ HERE.
  • Belmont Park: Grade 3 Beaugay ($150,000) – 1 1/16-miles for Fillies & Mares 4-year-old & UP. READ HERE.
  • Belmont Park: Grade 3 Peter Pan ($200,000) – 1 1/8-miles for 3-year-old. READ HERE.
  • Belmont Park: Grade 2 Ruffian ($250,000) – 1 mile for Fillies & Mares 4-year-old & up. READ HERE.
  • Santa Anita: Grade 3 Laz Barrera ($100,000) – 7 furlongs for 3YO. READ HERE.
  • Santa Anita: Desert Code ($75,000) – About 61/2 furlongs down the hill for 3YO. READ HERE.



  • Belmont Park: Gold Fever ($100,000) – 6 furlongs for 3YO
  • Santa Anita: Angels Flight ($75,000) – 7 furlongs for 3YO Fillies. READ HERE.
  • Arlington Park: Hanshin Cup ($100,000) — 8 furlongs for 3-year-olds and up. READ HERE.


  • Santa Anita: Kona Gold Stakes ($200,000) — 6 1/2 furlongs for 3-year-olds and up. READ HERE.
  • Pimlico Race Course: 142nd Running of the Preakness Stakes ($1.5 million) — 1 3/16 miles for 3-year-olds
  1. Media Guide for the Preakness Stakes. READ HERE.
  2. Today’s Preakness report. READ HERE.
  3. 5/12 Preakness report. READ HERE.
  4. Gunnevera Arrives at Pimlico: READ HERE.

For all your wagering needs, visit Twinspires.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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