Keying Longshot Savannah Belle in the Dowager Stakes

Keeneland Photo In handicapping Sunday’s $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland, I find it hard to have a great deal of confidence in any of the ten starters. Actually, it’s hard to even predict who will be favored in this 1 ½-mile turf race, because the most accomplished runners on paper aren’t very consistent. The well-bred #10 Vexatious wasn’t disgraced when finishing seventh against males in the Northern Dancer Stakes (gr. I) last time [...]

Epoca d’Oro Seeks Another Classic Win in Kikuka Sho

Epoca d'Oro winning the Satsuki Sho (Jpn-I) (Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association) A classic winner and an up-and-comer with an impressive recent victory are among the eighteen horses entered to contest Sunday’s Kikuka Sho (Jpn-I) at Kyoto racecourse in Japan. The 3,000-meter turf test serves as the third and final leg of Japan’s Triple Crown, and while the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) winner is skipping the race, the runners that have been entered are a quality [...]

Cracksman, Roaring Lion Among Stars on British Champions Day

Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com The 2018 racing season in Great Britain will reach its climax this Saturday with the eighth-annual British Champions Day at Ascot, a top-class afternoon of racing featuring five prestigious stakes races across a variety of distances and divisions. The day could be especially memorable for trainer John Gosden, who conditions the favorite in four of the five races. Here’s a quick rundown of what to watch for on Saturday…. Race 1: QIPCO [...]

Empire Classic Handicap Leads Stakes-Packed Saturday Card at Belmont

Belmont Park - Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography On a busy day of racing at Belmont Park, with eight stakes races for New York-breds on the agenda, the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap will deservedly serve as the afternoon’s feature race. The 1 1/8-mile event carries the richest purse on an eleven-race card offering a total of nearly $2 million in purse money, and the result is that eleven quality New York-breds have turned out to contest the Empire Classic. That includes [...]

Why I’m Betting Amy’s Challenge in the Raven Run Stakes

Amy's Challenge winning the Dixie Belle Stakes - Coady Photography As handicappers and racing fans, we all have horses that we follow and support for better or worse. Usually it’s because, at some point early on, we saw them flash significant talent that suggested the future was bright, pushing our expectations so high that we’re tempted to offer up our wagering dollars every time they run. One such horse of mine is running in Saturday’s $250,000 Lexus Raven [...]

Shotgun Kowboy Seeks Third Win in Oklahoma Classics Cup

Friday night is Oklahoma Classics night at Remington Park, which means an action-packed evening of high-quality racing featuring eight stakes races worth a combined $1,040,000. The highlight of the evening, at least in terms of purse value, is the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup, an 8.5-furlong event open to Oklahoma-bred runners aged three and older. The sixth of ten races on the card, post time is scheduled for 9:25 p.m. Central. The field might be small with just five starters, but [...]

2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic vs. Distaff: Which Will Be the Better Race?

Monomoy Girl winning the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) - Coady Photography The $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic… the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff… they’re arguably the two most important races of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, but which one is shaping up to be the bigger highlight 2 ½ weeks from now at Churchill Downs? Well, that depends on your point of view—that is, whether you’re primarily a bettor seeking a big wagering score or a racing fan [...]

An Introduction to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011 A new Breeders’ Cup race is set to debut this year at Churchill Downs, and while it might not be the type of championship race you’d typically expect from the Breeders’ Cup, there’s no doubt that it will offer bettors an intriguing handicapping challenge with the possibility for big payoffs. The race in question is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, a 5 ½-furlong grass race somewhat reminiscent of the short-lived [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Top 10

Bellafina winning the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO If you think you’ve still got plenty of time to wait before diving into handicapping the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships… think again! The deadline for pre-entries is October 22nd, just one week away, and the prospective fields will be released to the public shortly thereafter, so we’re definitely in the homestretch of the lead-up to these much-anticipated championship races. Certainly one of the [...]

How to Bet The Everest at Royal Randwick

If you’re a fan of top-class international racing, then you’ll want to get up early on Saturday morning (1:15 a.m. Eastern to be exact) to catch the second renewal of the TAB Everest at Royal Randwick racecourse in Australia. The six-furlong sprint is the richest turf race in the world with a purse of $13 million (AUD), and a dozen horses will line up to contest the event. The favorite in the wagering is #1 Redzel, who won the inaugural [...]