Laurens Upsets Huge Favorite Alpha Centauri in Matron Stakes

It’s a fact that when a heavy favorite is upset in a major sporting competition, more attention is typically focused on the performance of the loser than the winner, and this is especially so when extenuating circumstances surround the defeat of the favorite. As an unfortunate side effect, the victorious effort of the underdog is frequently overlooked, which has been precisely the case in the aftermath of Saturday’s one-mile Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes (Ire-I) at Leopardstown in Ireland. From [...]

Alpha Centauri Seeks “Win and You’re In” Berth to Breeders’ Cup Mile

Will Alpha Centauri secure a "Win and You're In" berth to the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs ? - Coady Photography First, she defeated fellow three-year-old fillies with complete authority. Then, she dismissed old rivals with equal disdain. Now, on Sunday, the budding superstar filly #10 Alpha Centauri will attempt to defeat older males in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville racecourse in France. At first, it sounds like a challenging [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Mile Top 10 – 7/2/18

World Approval winning the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) - Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup Every year, one of the most exciting and competitive races of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships is the Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I), which typically pits the best milers in American against a top-class group of invaders from Europe. With four months remaining until the race, who are some of the major players to keep an eye on? Here’s how I rank the top [...]

Guineas Winners Could Have Advantage in Coronation Stakes

Photo by It usually takes a very good filly to win the one-mile Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot. And in my opinion, #5 Billesdon Brook fits the bill as, indeed, a very good filly. Considering that four of the last five winners of the Coronation (Winter, Ervedya, Rizeena, and Sky Lantern) had previously prevailed in a Group 1 race, it’s encouraging that Billesdon Brook fits the profile of past winners. Trained by Richard Hannon, the daughter [...]