Royal Ascot: Three spot plays for opening day

Imprimis winning the Shakertown Stakes (G2) at Keeneland - Keeneland Photo On Tuesday racing fans around the globe will turn their attention to Ascot Racecourse in England, where the five-day Royal Ascot race meet will take place June 18-22. The prestigious and much-anticipated meet will feature high-class horses from around the world in 30 races, including 19 group stakes. The opening-day card is particularly deep, with three group 1 races on the agenda. Want to get in on [...]

Battaash, Blue Point Face Off in Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes

Royal Ascot - Photo by The Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I) has been run on ten occasions, and thus far, no horse based in Europe has prevailed in the rich turf sprint. Whether that changes in November at Churchill Downs remains to be seen, but on Friday we’ll get a chance to see some of Europe’s top contenders in action when York Racecourse hosts the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I), a five-furlong sprint that offers a “Win [...]

How to Bet the King’s Stand Stakes

Lady Aurelia winning the 2017 Giant's Causeway Stakes - Keeneland Photo/Coady Photography The prestigious five-day Royal Ascot meeting in England kicks off with a bang on June 19th, with three Group 1 events among the six races on the opening-day card. Royal Ascot has seen a marked increase in participation from North American runners over the last decade or so, and arguably no horse has carried the North American banner better than Lady Aurelia, the Wesley Ward-trained filly [...]

2017 Year in Review: 10 Best Horses

  Everyone who follows racing will have their ideas about who the best horses in the world are. No two lists will be alike. Ignoring my unfortunate black spot regarding horses in South America and South Africa, these are my top 10 for the year.   Gun Runner topped off a wonderfully consistent season with a Breeders' Cup Classic triumph. (Photo by Steve Dalmado/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images) Arrogate It’s a shame Arrogate ended 2017 so badly. He lost a [...]