Why I’m betting Come Dancing in the Ballerina Stakes

Several accomplished female sprinters will square off in Saturday’s $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, but they’re all running for second behind the lightly raced 5-year-old #2 Come Dancing.

Who Do Ya Like Podcast: Travers Day at Saratoga with Travis Stone

On this week's episode of the Who Do Ya Like Podcast over the BetAmerica Radio Network, Scott Shapiro welcomes in the voice of Churchill Downs, Travis Stone. Travis and Scott chat about the 2019 summer meeting at Saratoga and then dive head first into the loaded card in Upstate New York on Saturday afternoon. The guys begin with a deep look at the Midsummer Derby, including a discussion of whether 5-2-morning line favorite Tacitus is worth using as a key [...]

Marley’s Freedom Impresses in Ballerina Stakes

Marley's Freedom winning the Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography The Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has won a lot of big races through the years, but one that has proven elusive is the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), the season-ending championship race for female sprinters. However, it appears that Baffert will have a very strong chance to check off that box in November thanks to Marley’s Freedom, [...]

Price Horses to Consider on the Travers Day Card at Saratoga

Logical horses are likely to win the majority of Grade 1 events at Saratoga on Saturday afternoon, but it is also possible that the “graveyard of favorites” will produce a longshot or two on the Travers Stakes Day card. Here are a few runners that are listed at double digit odds on the morning line and are worth consideration in your exotic wagers if not on the Win end: Ballerina Stakes (Race 8) #5 Finley’sluckycharm, #6 Lewis Bay and #7 [...]

How to Bet the Ballerina Stakes

Finley'sluckycharm winning the Chicago Handicap (gr. III) - Coady Photography There certainly aren’t many speed horses entered in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday at Saratoga, which means that the pace of the seven-furlong race could be on the slow side. It might not be as slow as last year, when By the Moon got away with turtle-like fractions of :24.05 and :47.81 on her way to a gate-to-wire victory, but with #5 Finley’sluckycharm looming as the [...]

Highway Star, Holiday Disguise Face Off in Critical Eye Stakes

Highway Star winning the Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) - NYRA/Coglianese Photography Monday’s $200,000 Critical Eye Stakes at Belmont Park might be restricted to New York-breds, but don’t let that distinction trick you into thinking that the race is among the less significant events on the holiday weekend. Actually, the one-mile race has attracted a talented group of fillies and mares that includes two graded stakes winners, so it’s entirely possible that the Critical Eye Stakes could produce [...]

Demoiselle runner-up returns in Go For Wand Handicap

Highway Star (right) scores a narrow victory in the 2016 Go For Wand Handicap. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Joe Labozzetta. After an abbreviated 2017 campaign, Jamyson ‘n Ginger is out to score her first graded stakes win in the one-mile Go For Wand Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct Dec. 2. Jamyson ‘n Ginger was one of the better 2-year-old fillies last year, finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and then finishing runner-up in the Demoiselle Stakes (G2) 12 [...]

Tough challenge for Unique Bella in Filly and Mare Sprint

Unique Bella is aiming to become the first 3-year-old to win the Filly & Mare Turf. Pic: Benoit Photo. We’ll know a lot more about the ability of boom filly Unique Bella after the seven-furlong Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) on Nov. 4. Unique Bella was a popular early pick for the Kentucky Oaks after winning three graded stakes races in California early this year. But an injury struck and she was forced out for most [...]

Saturday stakes highlight Mid-Atlantic cards

This Saturday afternoon and evening a pair of thoroughbred tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region will offer several lucrative stakes, while a harness oval in that region kicks off its 2015 fall meet. Saturday afternoon Laurel Park will host a pair of lucrative, Grade II stakes basically on loan from idle Colonial Downs. Laurel will offer the $250,000 Commonwealth Cup for older horses early on the card and then focus its attention to the three-year-olds several races later when it presents [...]

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