Stormy Liberal Headlines Strong Group in Friday’s Green Flash Handicap at Del Mar

Understandably the Green Flash Handicap will not get the attention that the graded stakes races will receive on Pacific Classic Day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, but the five-furlong event over the sod drew an extremely strong group of turf sprinters for the Friday twilight feature. The field is led by the top two finishers in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) over this course. #2 Stormy Liberal makes his second start of the form cycle after a [...]

Deciphering Track Biases, Part 2

Super Saver and jockey Calvin Borel after winning the 2010 Kentucky Derby (Photo by Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography) Wouldn’t it be nice if we could predict when track biases will appear and wager accordingly, yielding impressive profits while simultaneous gaining some bragging rights? Perhaps it sounds far-fetched, but truthfully, it’s not as hard as it sounds. We already discussed last week how to capitalize on a bias in the weeks that follow its appearance; now we’ll delve into [...]

Sistercharlie Wins Again in Beverly D. Stakes

Sistercharlie winning the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. I) at Arlington Park - Coady Photography If anyone is going to prevent Sistercharlie from earning an Eclipse Award as the champion female turf horse of 2018… well, let’s just say they’ve got their work cut out for them! With just 2 ½ months remaining until the Breeders’ Cup, Sistercharlie is in the midst of assembling an Eclipse-worthy resume that will be hard for anyone to top. Earlier this year, she [...]

Robert Bruce Showcases Terrific Acceleration in Arlington Million

Robert Bruce winning the Arlington Million (gr. I) - © Arlington Park/Coady Photography With just one furlong left to run, victory appeared to be out of the question. There was Robert Bruce, the Chilean-bred sensation, with just one horse beaten and seven horses left to pass in Saturday’s $1,000,000 Arlington Million (gr. I) at Arlington Park. Five lengths separated him from the leader, and to make matters even more challenging, his Grade 1-winning stablemate Almanaar was much closer [...]

Alpha Centauri Seeks “Win and You’re In” Berth to Breeders’ Cup Mile

Will Alpha Centauri secure a "Win and You're In" berth to the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs ? - Coady Photography First, she defeated fellow three-year-old fillies with complete authority. Then, she dismissed old rivals with equal disdain. Now, on Sunday, the budding superstar filly #10 Alpha Centauri will attempt to defeat older males in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville racecourse in France. At first, it sounds like a challenging [...]

Del Mar 2yos Analysis: Bellafina Impresses, Instagrand Steps Up

Bellafina winning the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO Bellafina didn’t really look like a star in the making when she finished second in her debut at Los Alamitos last month. But boy, she presented an entirely different appearance in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) on Sunday at Del Mar! The Sorrento, an early prep race on the road to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), was the top juvenile race [...]

How to Bet the Rancho Bernardo Stakes on Sunday at Del Mar

©Benoit Photo The final graded stakes race of the week at Del Mar is the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap. The six-and-a-half-furlong event over the main track drew a compact field of 6 led by last year’s winner #4 Skye Diamonds. The five-year-old mare put forth a pair of triple digit BRIS speed ratings despite finishing third twice in her first two tries of 2018, but has tailed off considerably since then. The Cal-bred flopped big time over [...]

Playing the Early Pick 4 Around Instagrand in the Best Pal Stakes

Photo: Benoit Photo. Saturday’s feature “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” is the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes. The six- furlong dash over the main track drew a compact group of 5 two-year-olds led by heavy favorite #1 Instagrand. Oxo Equine spent $1.2 million dollars on Instagrand at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream March 2018 two-year-old in training sale and he lived up to expectations in his debut at Los Alamitos on June 29th. The Kentucky bred got hammered at [...]

How to Bet the Beverly D. Stakes

Sistercharlie winning the Diana Stakes at Saratoga - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photography Just how dominant has trainer Chad Brown been in the $600,000 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. III) at Arlington Park? Well, for starters, he’s won the race on four occasions, including the last three renewals. For good measure, his runners earned first and second prize in both 2017 and 2015, so in recent years, handicapping the Beverly D. has been as simple as zeroing in on Brown’s [...]

Why I’m Betting Robert Bruce in the Arlington Million

Oscar Performance winning the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Zoe Metz/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup If you’re handicapping Saturday’s $1,000,000 Arlington Million (gr. I) at Arlington Park, then you’ve probably already concluded—as have I—that there are plenty of talented horses to choose from. The 1 ¼-mile race is a “Win and You’re In” for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, and the quality of the field reflects that status. Some of the [...]