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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