Diversify Overcomes Obstacles in Whitney Stakes

Diversify in the winner's circle after winning the Suburban Stakes (gr. II) - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography A sloppy, sealed track. A 45-minute weather-related delay. A fast pace. A quality field. You certainly can’t claim that Diversify had things easy in Saturday’s $1.2 million Whitney Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Quite to the contrary, the Richard Violette, Jr.-trained runner faced challenges and obstacles at seemingly every turn, both before and during the running of the prestigious nine-furlong [...]

How to Bet the Whitney Stakes

Diversify in the winner's circle after winning the Suburban Stakes (gr. II) - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography He may have been a last-minute entrant, but #6 Diversify certainly looms as the horse to beat in Saturday’s $1.2 million Whitney Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, a prestigious “Win and You’re In” prep race on the road to the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I). Simply put, Diversify has been a beast in his home state of New York. Trained [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 10 – 7/16/18

West Coast winning the Travers Stakes (gr. I) - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photos/Chris Rahayel Suffice to say, a lot has happened since I published my first ranking of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) contenders back in June. With the uncertainty surrounding the racing future of Triple Crown winner Justify, I have decided to at least temporarily remove him from my Top 10. He’ll rejoin my list when or if he resumes serious training. In the meantime, here’s [...]

Top Programs for 2yos, 3yos Highlight 2018 Saratoga Stakes Schedule

Saratoga - Photo by Adam Mooshian/Coglianese Photos Summer may have officially arrived in June, but for horsemen, racing fans, and bettors, the season doesn’t truly begin until the annual summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga open for business in mid-July. Both meets are packed with rich stakes races that are expected to attract some of the most accomplished runners in the nation, as well as some of the most promising two-year-olds with 2019 Triple Crown aspirations. We’ve [...]

How to Bet the Stephen Foster Handicap

Backyard Heaven winning the Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) - Coady Photography An excellent 11-race card is on tap on Saturday for the second “Downs After Dark” this spring at legendary Churchill Downs.  Five graded stakes events are slated over the course of the evening headlined by the Grade 1 Stephen Foster. The mile and an eighth race for three year olds and upward is #6 Backyard Heaven’s race to lose. The son of Tizway got off to a [...]

Backyard Heaven Looks Tough in Stephen Foster Handicap

Backyard Heaven winning the Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) - Coady Photography It’s certainly possible that someone could upset #6 Backyard Heaven in Saturday’s $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) going nine furlongs at Churchill Downs. But just because it’s possible doesn’t mean that it’s likely, and indeed, Backyard Heaven looks so good on paper that he’s been installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite despite the fact that he’s facing a quality field of eight rivals. With just [...]