Aqueduct spot plays for Cigar Mile Day

Maximum Security wins Florida Derby(Coglianese Photos) The last major racing day of the year in New York will take place Saturday, December 7 at Aqueduct. Half a dozen stakes races are on the agenda, including the $250,000 Remsen Stakes (G2), a steppingstone on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. We’ve already previewed the Remsen, but the $250,000 Demoiselle Stakes (G2) and the $750,000 Cigar Mile (G1) are just as appealing from handicapping and sporting perspectives. Want to play [...]

Aqueduct: Thanksgiving week spot plays for Comely, Discovery Stakes

An action-packed week of racing at Aqueduct has been diminished slightly with the cancellation of the Thanksgiving Day card because of high wind forecasts, but the schedule for Friday and Saturday remains enticing, with six stakes races on the agenda.

Churchill Downs spot plays for Clark Handicap, Mrs. Revere Stakes

Come November 29, while looking forward to a delicious evening of leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner, be sure to check out the appetizing race card Churchill Downs has assembled.

Churchill Downs stakes spot plays for Thanksgiving Day

Looking to pass some time while you wait for Thanksgiving dinner to finish cooking? Here are a couple of spot plays to spice up the afternoon.

Spot plays for the Kennedy Road Stakes and Bessarabian Stakes

Sprinters will take the stage at Woodbine this weekend. Colts and geldings will contest the $175,000 Kennedy Road Stakes (G2) on Saturday, while fillies and mares will shine in the $175,000 Bessarabian Stakes (G2) on Sunday.

Tiz a Slam brings upset chance to Red Smith Stakes

Tiz a Slam winning the Louisville Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography By most metrics #7 Sadler’s Joy is the horse to beat in Saturday’s $200,000 Red Smith Stakes (G3) going 1 3/8 miles over the grass course at Aqueduct. Sadler’s Joy is certainly the most accomplished competitor. The 6-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy won the 2017 Sword Dancer Stakes (G1) and placed third in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), which clearly demonstrated his ability [...]

Looking for a longshot in the River City Handicap

It’s been a tough year so far for #4 Mr. Misunderstood, the probable favorite in Saturday’s $175,000 River City Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs.

Betting a double on Commonwealth Turf day

Spectacular Gem winning the Jefferson Cup Stakes - Coady Photography Churchill Downs has arranged a competitive afternoon of racing for Saturday, November 9, with the last half of the 11-race card especially appealing. The late Pick 4 sequence starting in the eighth race could feature as many as 42 starters. That kind of sequence can trigger a big payoff, if you’re fortunate enough to uncover the winning combination. Players on a budget will have options, too. The enticing [...]

Rating the Derby potential of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runners

Let’s look back at the eight horses who contested the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and use a 1-to-5 scale to rate their potential to make an impact on the 2020 Kentucky Derby.

The top 5 moments from the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita

Which were your favorite moments and performances from the two-day extravaganza? Looking back after a couple of days, here are the moments that stand out.