Lessons from tough Breeders’ Cup for punters

World Approval was one of just two favorites to win at the Breeders' Cup. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher. OK, hands up – who out there thought Mor Spirit, Moonshine Memories, Unique Bella, Lady Aurelia, Lady Eli, Drefong, and Bolt d’Oro would all be beaten at the Breeders’ Cup? It’s not often that only two one of the 13 Breeders’ Cup favorites win, as happened at Del Mar this year. But in an unpredictable year, only World Approval and [...]

Breeders’ Cup opens up discussion on 2018 Kentucky Derby

Firenze Fire (left) and Good Magic are both in the conversation about potential 2018 Kentucky Derby prospects. Photo: Coglianese Photos. Before the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, it seemed clear that Bolt d’Oro was not only going to win, he’d be a clear favorite for the 2018 Kentucky Derby. Now, with the race run and Bolt d’Oro finishing third, it’s not so obvious. Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) may have been suffering for his huge FrontRunner Stakes (G1) performance, and with [...]

Some Pick 4 thoughts for the Breeders’ Cup

Bolt d'Oro will be a popular anchor in Pick 4 betting. Pic: Benoit Photo. There’s no shortage of ways to play the Breeders’ Cup meet at Del Mar, but one of the most popular is the Pick 4. Trying to select the winner of one Breeders’ Cup race may seem hard enough, let alone four. But there are some ways to go about it. There are three Pick 4 bets offered on Breeders’ Cup races, one on Friday [...]

Bolt d’Oro seeks third grade I in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Bolt d'Oro dominates the field for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Photo: Benoit Photos. There’s one major question heading into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Saturday: is Bolt d’Oro for real? The son of Medaglia d’Oro has swept all before him in three starts in California. He won his maiden well, rallied from well back to win the Del Mar Futurity (G1), and produced an outstanding effort to rout his opposition in the FrontRunner Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita. [...]