Breeders’ Cup Mile top 5: International flair

One Master training at Churchill Downs - © John Voorhees/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup The Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) annually ranks among the most competitive races at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The one-mile grass event typically attracts a strong field of North American representatives and a high-class contingent of international challengers. The 2019 Mile figures to be no exception, and in attempting to compile a ranking of the top five contenders, I’ve scoured the globe in search of [...]

Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 10: A new name at the top

Preservationist winning the Suburban Stakes (G2) - © NYRA/Coglianese Photography/Susie Raisher When was the last time we were four months out from the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and the division lacked anything resembling a clear-cut group of top contenders? This year’s Classic division is among the most wide-open in recent memory, thanks to an inconclusive Triple Crown season and a lack of standout older males. The Classic contenders have not been running particularly fast on the Beyer speed [...]

How to bet the Belmont Derby Day Pick 4

Turf racing at Belmont Park - Photo by Coglianese Photography Racing fans will turn their attention to New York on Saturday, when Belmont Park hosts an action-packed card featuring five graded stakes. One of the most intriguing wagers of the day is the Pick 4 that kicks off in the seventh race. The all-stakes sequence is filled with competitive races and finding the right combination of winners could trigger a generous payoff. Let’s go through the Pick 4 [...]

Can Enable be defeated in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes?

Magical (purple cap) battles with Enable (pink cap) in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) - © Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup When the two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) winner Enable makes her much-anticipated 2019 debut in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes (G1) at Sandown Park Racecourse in England, she might not be a shoo-in to prevail. Racing for the powerful team of trainer John Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori, #6 Enable will be favored to defeat seven rivals [...]

Why I’m betting Pavel in the 2019 Suburban Stakes

Pavel winning the 2017 Smarty Jones Stakes (G3) at Parx Racing - Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO Once in a while, the world-traveling #11 Pavel steps up and runs a big race against top-class competition. I believe he could be ready to deliver one of his peak efforts in Saturday’s $700,000 Suburban Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park. Pavel might be 0-for-3 this season, but his last couple of runs have been deceptively good. In the Dubai World Cup (G1)—held [...]

How to bet the 2019 Belmont Derby

Digital Age winning the American Turf Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography How should we go about narrowing down the main contenders in Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park? Fifteen horses (one an also-eligible) have been entered in the 1 1/4-mile turf race for 3-year-olds, and you can make a case for pretty much any of them. Determining which horses warrant inclusion in deep exotic wagers like the trifecta or superfecta [...]

Promises Fulfilled stands out in John A. Nerud Stakes

Promises Fulfilled (right) edges Whitmore in a thrilling renewal of the Phoenix Stakes (G3) - Keeneland Photo Following a series of troubled defeats against tougher company, it appears #9 Promises Fulfilled has found the perfect spot to rebound in Saturday’s $300,000 John A. Nerud Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park. This seven-furlong sprint serves as a “Win and You’re In” qualifier to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita Park, a race in which Promises Fulfilled finished [...]

Why I’m betting Newspaperofrecord in the Belmont Oaks

Newspaperofrecord winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) - Coady Photography It’s safe to say trainer Chad Brown has been dominant in the $750,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. Brown has won three of the first five editions of the Belmont Oaks (as well as the final two editions of its predecessor, the Garden City Stakes), and he swept the Oaks trifecta in 2017. When the 2019 Belmont Oaks is contested Saturday, there’s a [...]