Breeders’ Cup Turf Top 5: It it Bricks and Mortar’s year?

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography While the field for the November 2 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) at Santa Anita remains in flux, one thing seems certain—it won’t be the strongest renewal ever contested. With defending winner Enable passing the race—and with fellow European standouts Waldgeist, Sottsass and Japan seemingly unlikely to run—the potential field has lost some of its star power. On the other hand, [...]

Two horses to key in the 2019 Kentucky Turf Cup

Arklow has lost six straight races since he prevailed in the 2018 edition of the $1 million Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) at Kentucky Downs, but the son of Arch should relish the return to Southern Kentucky to defend his title.

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Top 10: Sorting Out the Euros

Robert Bruce winning the Arlington Million (gr. I) - © Arlington Park/Coady Photography Getting an early start handicapping the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) is always a challenge, since European runners tend to have the advantage, but determining which ones might make the trip is easier said than done. That said, with less than seven weeks remaining until the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs, here’s my preliminary attempt at ranking some of the top contenders, which [...]

Why I’m Betting Oscar Nominated in the Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes

Oscar Nominated - Photo by Viola Jasko/Coglianese Photography Although most racecourses in North America are pretty similar in shape and size, Kentucky Downs is a unique and challenging exception. The European-style course is vaguely shaped like an oval, but the first turn is significantly sharper than the wide, sweeping final turn, and in between those two is a mild right-hand bend on the backstretch. The course is also larger than a typical North American racetrack, measuring 1 3/8 [...]

Synchrony Faces Deep Field in Muniz Memorial Handicap

Synchrony winning the Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. III) - Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. One of the best middle-distance turf races so far in 2018 is scheduled to be run on March 24th at Fair Grounds, that being the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. II). Held over a distance of “about” nine furlongs, the Muniz Memorial has attracted eleven starters, ten of which have won or placed in graded stakes company. The field is led by Synchrony, a five-year-old son [...]