Oscar Performance Returns in Poker Stakes

Oscar Performance winning the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Zoe Metz/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup It’s only a Grade 3 on paper, but you’re forgiven if you examine the field for Sunday’s $300,000 Poker Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park and mistake the one-mile race for a Grade 2 or even a Grade 1 event. After all, the majority of the eight horses entered in the Poker have already achieved a high level of success, [...]

World Approval, Ribchester head Breeders’ Cup Mile

World Approval shows his class at a mile by winning the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher The Breeders’ Cup Mile history is full of classic trans-Atlantic battles, and it should be more of the same again at Del Mar on November 4th. Leading American horse World Approval, who has been revitalized since being switched to a mile, faces seven European-trained horses, including two with consistent group one form: Ribchester and Roly Poly. Godolphin’s Ribchester would [...]

Miss Temple City Seeks Shadwell Turf Mile Repeat

It took until the 31st running of the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) for Miss Temple City to become the first female to win the Keeneland feature. On Saturday she’s out to ensure the next gap is only one year. The Graham Motion-trained mare is the 3-1 morning-line favorite to win the Shadwell Turf Mile and make it three grade one victories against the boys at Keeneland. She also won the Maker’s 46 Mile last year. The race is a Breeders’ [...]