Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 5: Who’s left?

Code of Honor (outside) and Vino Rosso hit the wire together in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) - Photo by Janet Garaguso/Coglianese Photography/NYRA Every few weeks throughout the summer, I’ve ranked the top 10 contenders for the November 2 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita. But this week I’ve elected to cut my list down to five. With injuries and defections weakening the division, I’m having trouble coming up with a full list. Two-time Dubai World [...]

Spot plays for the 2019 “Super Saturday” Breeders’ Cup preps

Vino Rosso winning the Wood Memorial (gr. II) - Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography Five weeks out from the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, eight “Win and You’re In” prep races will be conducted September 27-29, including a quartet of prestigious events Saturday. A pair of grade 1 races at Belmont Park will be followed by two more top-level prizes at Santa Anita. Some of the most heralded Breeders’ Cup contenders will take the spotlight in these [...]

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 [...]