Spot plays for Breeders’ Cup Friday

Kimari winning the Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland - Keeneland Photo The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies might be the highlights on “Future Stars Friday” at Santa Anita, but they’re not the only Breeders’ Cup races scheduled for November 1. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf will play supporting roles on the action-packed card. I’ve already shared my plays for the two feature [...]

How to bet the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography Through the years, Europe has dominated the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), providing 17 of the last 21 winners. But when the 1 ½-mile grass race heads to Santa Anita on November 2, the home team might just steal the show thanks to the sensational #9 Bricks and Mortar. This son of Giant’s Causeway has shown serious talent and [...]

Breeders’ Cup Turf Top 5: It it Bricks and Mortar’s year?

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography While the field for the November 2 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) at Santa Anita remains in flux, one thing seems certain—it won’t be the strongest renewal ever contested. With defending winner Enable passing the race—and with fellow European standouts Waldgeist, Sottsass and Japan seemingly unlikely to run—the potential field has lost some of its star power. On the other hand, [...]

Gosden holds strong hand in British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes

Trainer John Gosden will hold a strong hand in Saturday’s British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes (G1) at Ascot in England, where he'll saddle the top two betting choices in the 1 7/16-mile turf test.

Stradivarius stands out in British Champions Long Distance Cup

It’s hard to envision a scenario in which heavy favorite Stradivarius loses Saturday’s 1 15/16-mile British Champions Long Distance Cup (G2) at Ascot.

Ground should suit Magical in Champion Stakes

Although Saturday’s Champion Stakes (G1) at Ascot in England is open to all runners 3 and older, fillies and mares appear poised to dominate the prestigious 1 1/4-mile grass race.

Which Arc runners might wheel back for Breeders’ Cup Turf?

Magical (purple cap) battles with Enable (pink cap) in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf - © Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup The results of the October 6 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) at Longchamp in France weren’t quite what racing fans were hoping for, but the historic race nevertheless produced a thrilling, competitive finish. Now we can turn our attention to the November 2 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) at Santa Anita, the most prestigious grass race in [...]

Innisfree earns Kentucky Derby points in Beresford Stakes

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography He had to work harder than expected, but odds-on favorite Innisfree gallantly wore down pacesetting Shekham to win Sunday’s Beresford Stakes (G2) at the Curragh in Ireland by a neck. The Aidan O’Brien-trained 2-year-old faced challenging circumstances in the one-mile European Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race, which awarded qualification points to the top four finishers on a 10-4-2-1 basis. Rain reduced the course to “heavy,” which caused O’Brien to withdraw Innisfree’s [...]

Royal Dornoch edges Kameko in Royal Lodge Stakes

Under urging from jockey Wayne Lordan, Royal Dornoch re-rallied to win Saturday’s Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) at Newmarket in England.

Formidable Challengers stand between Enable and Arc three-peat

Can a talented challenger take down Enable in her bid for a third win in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe? We'll find out October 6.