May 2019 Breeders’ Cup Overview: Who Leads Each Division?

Bricks and Mortar winning the Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) - Coady Photography Don’t look now, but the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park is just more than five months away, and the first North American leg of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series kicks off this weekend. Handicappers will be happy to know several key Breeders’ Cup divisions look wide open this year, which should make the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races exciting and competitive. Let’s quickly [...]

Mia Mischief Wins Humana Distaff with Rapid Mid-Race Move

Mia Mischief winning the Humana Distaff (G1) - Coady Photography Mia Mischief has always shown talent, but on racing’s biggest days she’s had trouble delivering on her potential. But everything changed on Kentucky Derby Day, when Mia Mischief delivered a dominant victory in the $500,000 Humana Distaff (G1) going seven furlongs at Churchill Downs, the first top-level win of her career. Considering the manner in which she prevailed, additional grade 1 wins could well be in her future. Disregarded [...]

How to Bet the Blue Grass Day All-Stakes Pick 4

Amy's Challenge winning the Dixie Belle Stakes - Coady Photography The first Saturday of the 2019 Keeneland spring meet is a typical stakes-packed card highlighted by the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II), a major prep race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The Blue Grass also serves as the last leg of an all-stakes Pick 4 that features large fields and 13,104 possible outcomes before scratches. It will be a difficult sequence to hit, but [...]

Why I’m Betting Amy’s Challenge in the Raven Run Stakes

Amy's Challenge winning the Dixie Belle Stakes - Coady Photography As handicappers and racing fans, we all have horses that we follow and support for better or worse. Usually it’s because, at some point early on, we saw them flash significant talent that suggested the future was bright, pushing our expectations so high that we’re tempted to offer up our wagering dollars every time they run. One such horse of mine is running in Saturday’s $250,000 Lexus Raven [...]

Is Amy Up to the Challenge in Fantasy Stakes?

Amy's Challenge winning the Dixie Belle Stakes - Coady Photography She might not be a standout at first glance, but I believe that it’s going to take a big effort for anyone to defeat #6 Amy’s Challenge in Friday’s $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park. The 8.5-furlong race serves as a major prep for the upcoming Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, and indeed, Rachel Alexandra in 2009 and Blind Luck in 2010 both used [...]

Good Magic Tops 360 Nominees for the 2018 Triple Crown

Good Magic winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Photo by Carson Denis/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) Good Magic, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and the Eclipse Award champion two-year-old male of 2017, is among the talented young horses that have been nominated to compete in the 2018 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes, the three races that comprise the historic Triple Crown. All told, 360 three-year-olds were made eligible for the Triple Crown at the first [...]

Potential Star Amy’s Challenge Returns in Dixie Belle Stakes

Amy's Challenge winning the Shakopee Juvenile Stakes - Coady Photography Although it’s not a graded stakes, the $125,000 Dixie Belle Stakes on January 20th at Oaklawn Park is a race that I’m very excited to watch. The six-furlong sprint has attracted a small but very talented field of seven three-year-old fillies, including a potential star that I’ve been waiting months to see in action: #6 Amy’s Challenge. Trained by McLean Robertson, the daughter of Artie Schiller was brilliant while [...]