Will Chicago Style Upset the Hollywood Turf Cup?

Bigger Picture (inside) winning the United Nations Stakes (gr. I) at Monmouth Park - Photo By Taylor Ejdys/EQUI-PHOTO In my opinion, one of the most interesting handicapping challenges of the week is the $200,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. II) on Friday at Del Mar, a 1 ½-mile turf race that pits established stars in questionable form against a handful of up-and-comers who have never won at the graded stakes level. By far the most accomplished runners in the [...]

Stella di Camelot Stands Out in Mrs. Revere Stakes

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Technically speaking, Friday’s $200,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs is a Grade 2 event, and understandably so. The 8.5-furlong turf race for three-year-old fillies has been won by some very good horses over the last decade or so, including the Grade 1 winners Acoma, Aruna, Marketing Mix, and Centre Court. Perhaps one of the dozen fillies entered in the 2018 renewal will go on to achieve similar success, though at [...]

Is Seeking the Soul Unstoppable in the Clark Handicap?

Seeking the Soul winning the 2017 Clark Handicap (gr. I) - Coady Photography As we approach the end of 2018 and enter the winter racing season, only two Grade 1 dirt races for older horses remain to be run this year, and one of them—the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs—is coming up this Friday. That said, on paper, this year’s renewal of the nine-furlong event bears a greater resemblance to a quality Grade 2 than [...]

Playing the Exacta in the Cardinal Handicap

Bonnie Arch defeating I Remember Mama in the Ellis Park Turf Stakes - Coady Photography The majority of the entrants in Saturday’s $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs are veterans with more than a dozen races on their records, but the filly that interests me most in this nine-furlong turf test is the most lightly-raced horse in the field. That would be #1 I Remember Mama, a four-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper who has never finished out [...]

Keying Divine Miss Grey in the Falls City Handicap

Divine Miss Grey winning the Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) - Coady Photography From a BRIS speed figure perspective, it’s hard to look past #1 Divine Miss Grey in Saturday’s $200,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. In a race that didn’t draw the toughest field for its grade, Divine Miss Grey appears to have an overwhelming advantage over her seven rivals. The four-year-old daughter of Divine Park won the Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs [...]

BARN Podcast 11/20/18

We discuss yesterday's Steel Valley Sprint from Mahoning Valley and welcome in our guest Terry Finley from West Point Thoroughbreds. We talk about Terry's career in racing, some of his top horses like Awesome Gem, and winning the Kentucky Derby with Always Dreaming. We also talk about partnerships and the current and future states of ownership in racing.

By |November 19th, 2018|Categories: BARN, RacingWire|Tags: , |

Quality racing during week of Thanksgiving

While many Americans will be on the highways on Wednesday afternoon and evening heading toward their Thanksgiving Day destinations, serious racing fans of both breeds will keep a close eye on the action that evening at Penn National and Dover Downs. Wednesday's card at Penn National begins with an intriguing maiden special weight event for two-year-old colts and geldings that could offer a nice start to the weekend. Press Virginia, a West Virginia-bred son of Blame who fetched $55,000 at [...]

By |November 19th, 2018|Categories: RacingWire|

Eight Fillies Seek Graded Victory in Comely Stakes

Blamed galloping at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Calling all three-year-old fillies! Friday’s $200,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III) might not be the most anticipated race on Thanksgiving week, but the nine-furlong event at Aqueduct does represent the penultimate opportunity for sophomore fillies to seek a graded stakes victory on dirt this year. Suffice to say, someone is definitely going to benefit from this opportunity, because none of the eight entrants in the Comely have previously won at the [...]