Why I’m Betting Moonlit Promise in the Ontario Fashion Stakes

Moonlit Promise winning the 2018 Sweet Briar Too Stakes at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) Generally speaking, 2018 has been a pretty tough year for #1 Moonlit Promise, who will be among the favorites in Sunday’s $125,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes (gr. III) at Woodbine. The daughter of Malibu Moon started her career with such promise, winning six of her first nine starts over the synthetic track at Woodbine, a streak that included three straight stakes victories at the end [...]

Synthetic to Dirt: A Valuable, Overlooked Angle

Wonder Gadot winning the Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography Although the glory days of synthetic racetracks seem to be over in North America—tracks like Santa Anita, Del Mar, and Keeneland have all gone back to dirt in recent years—many synthetic racing surfaces remain installed at tracks across the continent and can provide tricky challenges for handicappers. Everyone understands that dirt and turf are two very different racing surfaces, but where do [...]

Betting Exactas With the “All” Button

Bar of Gold defeating Ami's Mesa in the 2017 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (Photo by Ting Shen/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) The “all” button. Sometimes, you’ll hear handicappers refer to the “all” button when they’re betting on a particularly tough race. For example, they might be playing a Pick 4 in which the last leg looks wide-open with a chance for a longshot winner, so rather than try to split hairs and bet on just a few horses, [...]

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 [...]

Melmich looks to continue unbeaten year in Autumn Stakes

Melmich seeks to enhance his Canadian Horse of the Year claims in the Autumn Stakes. Pic: Michael Burns Photography. Melmich is out to extend his unbeaten 2017 run to six starts, and possibly enhance his Canadian Horse of the Year claims, when he takes on four opponents in the Autumn Stakes (G2) on the Woodbine Tapeta track. The Ontario-bred 6-year-old has had a very good career, but it’s gone to new heights this year. After an allowance victory [...]

Tough challenge for Unique Bella in Filly and Mare Sprint

Unique Bella is aiming to become the first 3-year-old to win the Filly & Mare Turf. Pic: Benoit Photo. We’ll know a lot more about the ability of boom filly Unique Bella after the seven-furlong Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) on Nov. 4. Unique Bella was a popular early pick for the Kentucky Oaks after winning three graded stakes races in California early this year. But an injury struck and she was forced out for most [...]