Keeneland: 9 Breeders’ Cup preps on the agenda for opening week

Elate winning the Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) - Coady Photography On a huge opening weekend of racing at Keeneland, nine “Win and You’re In” qualifiers for the November 1-2 Breeders’ Cup will be conducted. With the action spread across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you won’t want to miss a single day of racing. To help you stay up to speed, here’s a quick rundown of all Keeneland’s Breeders’ Cup preps, including race numbers and post times (all [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Picks and Plays for Keeneland Opening Weekend

Keeneland Photo Get ready, everyone! The much-anticipated Keeneland fall meet kicks off on Friday, and opening weekend is packed with top-class stakes races featuring some of the best horses in the country. With high-class competition, large fields, and low-takeout wagers, Keeneland is always popular among horsemen and handicappers alike. Looking to get in on the action? Here are a few prospective picks and plays to get you started…. Friday, October 5 Race 8: Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes [...]

Restless Rider Faces Full Field in Keeneland’s Alcibiades Stakes

Restless Rider winning the Debutante Stakes - Coady Photography Just as the Saratoga and Del Mar race meets are synonymous with summer in the sport of horse racing, Keeneland’s annual October race meet is synonymous with the arrival of fall. This year’s much-anticipated fall meet kicks off on October 6th, and as usual, the stakes schedule is packed with “Win and You’re In” prep races for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The feature race on the opening-day [...]

How to Bet the Regret Stakes

The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography For a race that drew thirteen entrants, I’m surprised at how little early speed there appears to be in Saturday’s $100,000 Regret Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. The majority of the three-year-old fillies entered in this nine-furlong turf event have never shown any inclination to race on the lead. In fact, you can make a case that #11 Romantic Moment is the only true front-runner in this race, [...]

Horizontal Plays on Risen Star Stakes Day at Fair Grounds

Principe Guilherme winning an allowance race at Fair Grounds (Hodges Photography) Fair Grounds takes center stage on Saturday afternoon as the stakes laden card in Louisiana is headlined by the $400,000 Risen Star. The mile and a sixteenth event is the first prep race that offers competitors 50 qualifying points on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” leaderboard. The stakes action over the twelve-race slate gets started in Race 4 with the $50,000 Colonial Power and concludes with [...]

Open look about Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Separationofpowers is too strong in the Frizette Stakes (Coglianese Photos) Successive grade one victories in California have hurled Moonshine Memories into favoritism for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 4th, but it’s still a race where the form lines aren’t easy to establish. Moonshine Memories won both the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1) and the Chandelier Stakes (G1) in a very professional manner – getting into a stalking position quickly, attacking on the final turn, and extending [...]

Intriguing Mix of Runners in Alcibiades Stakes

You’d be forgiven for thinking the Alcibiades Stakes was a turf race rather than a grade one dirt event carrying direct entry to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) judging by the form book of the runners. Of the 10 entries, five last raced on grass, and another, Bet She Wins, last raced on Arlington’s all-weather track. This may explain why the morning-line odds are so tight, with six horses assessed at odds between 7-2 and 6-1. The switch to [...]

Race Preview: Alcibiades Stakes – Keeneland, October 4, 2013

The second of the graded stakes on opening day at Keeneland on Friday is the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes for two-year-old fillies. This race could produce a starter for either the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf or the Juvenile Fillies as it will be run on the Polytrack. Morning line favorite for the race is My Conquestadory, who is coming off a smashing win in her debut at Woodbine. Winning the debut is tough for any horse, but there [...]

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