Accelerate vs. West Coast in the Awesome Again: Who Will Prevail?

Accelerate winning the Pacific Classic (gr. I) - © Benoit Photo There might be six horses entered in the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday at Santa Anita, but from all appearances, the race is shaping up to be more of a match race between #5 West Coast and #6 Accelerate. On paper, these two Grade 1 winners pretty much tower over the field in this 1 1/8-mile “Win and You’re In” prep race for the [...]

Derby contenders likely to emerge from Street Sense Stakes

Renaissance Frolic wins the Armed Forces Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Coglianese Photos/Lauren King. The Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs may not be a graded stakes race, but it’s proved to be a useful guide to the Kentucky Derby preps. Several horses that ran prominently in the past four years would qualify for the Kentucky Derby: 2013 third-place finisher Ride On Curlin, 2014 third-place finisher Far Right, the first two in 2015 (Mo Tom and Tom’s Ready), and [...]

Handicapping Big Breeders’ Cup Preview Day Saturday at Santa Anita

Cupid wins the Harry F Brubaker Stakes (Benoit Photo) Santa Anita Graded Stakes Preview for September 30, 2017 Breeders’ Cup preview days don’t get much bigger than at Santa Anita Sept. 30. Five grade one races are being staged at the Southern California track, and all carry direct entry into the relevant Breeders’ Cup contest for the winners. Perhaps the most even contest is the Awesome Again Stakes, run at 1 1/8 miles, which carries direct entry into [...]