Longshot Century Dream has a chance in Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

The key to handicapping Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) at Ascot in England is determining which runner will prove quickest at slogging through the rain-soaked, “heavy” turf course.

Ground should suit Magical in Champion Stakes

Although Saturday’s Champion Stakes (G1) at Ascot in England is open to all runners 3 and older, fillies and mares appear poised to dominate the prestigious 1 1/4-mile grass race.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Top 10: Wicked Whisper at the top

Wicked Whisper winning the Frizette Stakes (G1) at Belmont - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photography The race to the finish line in the November 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita will be more than just a race for the winner’s share of a $2 million purse. Championship honors will also be waiting at the finish line. Through the years, 31 of the 35 Juvenile Fillies winners have been named champion 2-year-old filly at the Eclipse Awards. [...]

Ziyad, Desert Encounter stand out in Canadian International

Trainer David Simcock has made a habit of shipping horses from Europe to snatch victories in major North American stakes races, and on Saturday he’ll stand a strong chance to nab the $800,000 Canadian International (G1) at Woodbine with #4 Desert Encounter.

Castle Lady a formidable foreigner in QEII at Keeneland

The nine sophomore fillies entered in Saturday’s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at Keeneland are a quality bunch. Eight of them are stakes winners, and six have prevailed at the graded stakes level.

2019 Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” Qualifiers

Code of Honor (outside) and Vino Rosso hit the wire together in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) - Photo by Janet Garaguso/Coglianese Photography/NYRA The 2019 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series officially wrapped up Wednesday, October 9, when Sweet Melania cruised to a decisive victory in the $200,000 Jessamine Stakes (G2) at Keeneland. The 86-race series saw 83 different horses secure “Win and You’re In” berths to the November 1-2 Breeders’ Cup. Fourteen championship races will be held over [...]

Which Arc runners might wheel back for Breeders’ Cup Turf?

Magical (purple cap) battles with Enable (pink cap) in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf - © Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup The results of the October 6 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) at Longchamp in France weren’t quite what racing fans were hoping for, but the historic race nevertheless produced a thrilling, competitive finish. Now we can turn our attention to the November 2 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) at Santa Anita, the most prestigious grass race in [...]

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Top 5: Eight Rings on top

Eight Rings winning the American Pharoah Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita - © BENOIT PHOTO The $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) is shaping up to be a stellar race. There are plenty of promising 2-year-olds targeting the November 2 championship race at Santa Anita. Just last week we witnessed a couple impressive performances from up-and-coming youngsters with the pedigrees to succeed over classic distances. It’s a testament to the quality of the division that a horse as [...]

Maxfield tops early Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard

The first four prep races on the 2019-2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby have been contested, so the qualification leaderboard is slowly taking shape.

Belmont: Action-packed weekend features four Breeders’ Cup preps

Four weeks out from the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, Belmont Park will host an action-packed weekend of Breeders’ Cup prep races.