Deep Field Assembles for Forego Stakes

Limousine Liberal wins the Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs. Pic: Coady Photography. If you’re looking for a future winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile or Breeders’ Cup Sprint, you are strongly advised to check out the field for Saturday’s $600,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. The prestigious seven-furlong event offers a “Win and You’re In” berth to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, but since the distance of the Forego falls directly in between the distances of [...]

Keying Bee Jersey in the Metropolitan Handicap

Bee Jersey winning an allowance race at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography If you’re looking for a great betting race to play this Saturday, look no further than the $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The historic “Met Mile” has drawn eleven starters, but lacks a clear standout. As a result, the odds on several appealing contenders could be enticing and open up the possibility of making a truly memorable score. Generally speaking, I prefer [...]

Army Mule Steps Up in Carter Handicap

Skyler's Scramjet winning the Tom Fool Handicap (gr. III) - NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography For a seven-furlong Grade 1 sprint with eleven starters, there isn’t a ton of speed on paper in Saturday’s $400,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct. The lack of serious front-runners could play to the strengths of #2 Army Mule and #9 Skyler’s Scramjet, who also figure to start among the favorites. Skyler’s Scramjet, a four-year-old gelding trainer by Michelle Nevin, has been on fire [...]

Mor Spirit the one to beat in Dirt Mile

  Mor Spirit is the early favorite for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. There’s plenty of class on offer in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, but one prep race stands out when trying to work out who might win. Facing a field including two of his Dirt Mile opponents, Mor Spirit romped away with the one-mile Metropolitan Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park June 10. He was 6-1/4 lengths in front of runner-up Sharp Azteca, with Tommy Macho third [...]