Saratoga: Notes and horses to watch from Week 2

Guarana winning the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) - © NYRA/Coglianese Photos/Janet Garaguso Although hot weather threatened to spoil the weekend racing action at Saratoga, Week 2 of the prestigious summer meet ultimately went off with minimal interruption. The Saturday card was postponed until Sunday because of the heat, but the 24-hour delay didn’t seem to affect the racing performances, as we witnessed strong runs from a handful of promising horses. Let’s look back at some of the [...]

Spot plays for opening day at Del Mar

Summer has officially arrived at Del Mar, “Where the Turf Meets the Surf.” Del Mar’s anticipated summer race meet gets underway Wednesday with a 10-race card. It’s a can’t-miss event on the racing calendar, so even if you can’t make it out to California to attend in person, we can still take ~$50 and celebrate opening day with a couple of spot plays: Race 7: maiden special weight Call it a hunch, but I’m siding with the 12-1 first-time starter [...]

Tips for betting 2-year-olds at Del Mar

Del Mar - © Benoit Photo Need some tips for handicapping the anticipated juvenile races at Del Mar this summer? BetAmerica has you covered! Betting on competitive races packed with unraced or lightly raced 2-year-old Thoroughbreds can be a challenging task, but it can also be a rewarding one. Who doesn’t want to be the first racing fan to uncover a future champion or Triple Crown winner? Based on data from Statsmaster and Equibase.com, here are a few [...]

Del Mar and Saratoga 2yos Analysis: Grade 1s Close Out the Meets

Instagrand winning the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO Although we’re nearing the conclusions of the 2018 summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga, there’s still plenty of top-notch juvenile racing still to come. In fact, the meets are going to end with a bang in that respect! Saturday will see fillies take the stage in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) at Del Mar and the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at [...]

Del Mar 2yos Analysis: Instagrand Wins Like a Future Superstar

Instagrand winning the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO Budding superstar? Beast in the making? Future Kentucky Derby winner? Perhaps it’s too early to bestow such lofty praise upon Instagrand, but this two-year-old son of Into Mischief was nothing less than breathtaking while winning Saturday’s $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar in a dominant manner strikingly reminiscent of his maiden victory at Los Alamitos. With Drayden Van Dyke in [...]

Saratoga 2yos Analysis: Chad Brown On the Rise

The fourth weekend of the Saratoga meet featured a couple more graded stakes races for juveniles, including one that was essentially the definition of a closer-favoring race. The action kicked off on Saturday with the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II), a 6 ½-furlong sprint for fillies contested over a drying-out main track labeled “good.” The track was a bit tiresome as a result, so you can imagine what happened when race favorite Lyrical Lady and longshot Mucho Amor wound up [...]

Saratoga 2yos Analysis: Steve Asmussen Keeps On Winning

Trainer Steve Asmussen (Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Ben Van Hook 2014) Just how deep is Steve Asmussen’s roster of talented young two-year-olds? No one can say for certain, because seemingly every week—or at times, every day—Asmussen unleashes another promising young runner. Last week at Saratoga, Asmussen won three juvenile races in the span of two days, and he would have won four over three days if not for a disqualification on Thursday. The disqualified runner was Super Simple, [...]

Del Mar 2yos Analysis: Baffert’s Barn is Loaded

Roadster winning his debut at Del Mar - © Benoit Photo If anyone thought that Bob Baffert’s barn might be lacking in star power following the retirement of Triple Crown winner Justify… well, you need not have worried. While it’s too early to say whether Roadster or Chasing Yesterday will achieve remotely the same level of success as Justify, there can be no denying that these two Baffert-trained juveniles looked like future stars while winning their debuts last [...]

Del Mar 2yos Analysis: Baffert Set to Debut Chasing Yesterday, Roadster

Bob Baffert at Saratoga - Photo by Courtney Heeney/Coglianese Photography The first week of summer racing at Del Mar is complete, and suffice to say there was lots of noteworthy action on the juvenile racing front, with plenty more to come this week. With the main juvenile stakes races coming a bit later in the meet, the most significant events on opening week were the high-class maiden special weights that drew large fields of promising young runners. On [...]

Saratoga 2yos Analysis: Pletcher Off to Fast Start, Loaded for Week Two

Saratoga certainly knows how to open with a bang! For racing fans and bettors, one of the main highlights of Saratoga is the numerous races for two-year-olds held throughout the summer, so it was delightful to see a large number of these races contested during the first few days of the meet. In terms of class, the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III) on Friday and the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) on Saturday were the best juvenile races on opening [...]