Why I’m Betting River Boyne in the Rainbow Stakes

The field breaks from the gate in the 2018 American Turf Stakes - Coady Photography While five-horse fields aren’t usually where you look to find good betting value, if you have a strong opinion on one of the runners, why not try to capitalize? That’s my feeling when handicapping Saturday’s $100,000 Rainbow Stakes at Santa Anita. The field is small, but I’m confident that the 1-1 morning line favorite #4 River Boyne will be very tough to beat [...]

Good Magic Returns to the Spotlight Following Blue Grass Victory

Good Magic winning the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) - Keeneland Photo A champion racehorse is back in the spotlight, and not a moment too soon. The horse in question is Good Magic, the champion two-year-old male of 2017 based off a powerful win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I). Long viewed as one of the main contenders for the upcoming Kentucky Derby, Good Magic disappointed his backers when third in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) [...]

Blended Citizen Prevails in Competitive Jeff Ruby Steaks

Blended Citizen winning the Jeff Ruby Steaks (gr. III) at Turfway Park - Coady Photography As expected, the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (gr. III) on March 17th at Turfway Park produced a thrilling and competitive finish, with the result remaining in doubt until a few strides before the finish line. However, it remains to be seen how much of an impact the nine-furlong race will have on the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown. Despite being a Road to the [...]

Even Field Contests Dixiana Bourbon Stakes

Punters will have few more challenging tasks at Keeneland this weekend than trying to sort out the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (G3). A full field of 14 is set to contest the 1 1/16-mile contest for 2-year-olds on turf. It’s a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, earning the winner automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Few black type races are held on turf in the United States prior to September, and the vast majority of the field has had no [...]