How to Bet the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes

Hi Happy winning the Pan American Stakes (gr. II) - Photo by Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography Handicapping major turf races in New York is often a question of identifying the horse with the most brilliant burst of acceleration, since slow early paces tend to place a premium on the ability to finish fast down the homestretch. With this in mind, how can I side with any horse other than #1 Robert Bruce in Saturday’s $1 million Woodford Reserve [...]

Keying Synchrony in the Old Forester Turf Classic

Synchrony winning the Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. III) - Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. The Kentucky Derby is undoubtedly the highlight of the Saturday card at Churchill Downs, but the stakes-packed day of racing includes many other competitive races as well, with one of the best being the $500,000 Old Forester Turf Classic Stakes (gr. I). Ten horses have been entered in the nine-furlong turf race, with the 5-2 morning line favorite being #10 Beach Patrol. Trained by Chad [...]

2017: A Year in Reflection

Gun Runner after winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo by Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) With only a few days remaining in 2017, now seems like a great time to look back at a memorable year of racing from coast to coast and throughout the world. From best bets to favorite races, here are some of my most memorable moments from 2017…. Best Bet of the Year When I look back at 2017, I think my best bet [...]

O’Brien, Stoute look for more Breeders’ Cup Turf glory

Highland Reel should enjoy a firm track as he tries to defend his Breeders' Cup Turf crown.   The first place to look for the winner of the 1 ½-mile Breeders’ Cup Turf is, quite clearly, the European contingent. European horses clearly excel at this trip on turf, and with nine of the last 12 editions of this race being won by trans-Atlantic raiders, their connections know how to cope with the journey. Six of the 14 runners [...]

Breeders’ Cup Bearings at Belmont: Handicapping the BC Challenge Races

El Deal wins the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (Coglianese Photos) Belmont Graded Stakes Preview for September 30, 2017 by Alastair Bull Belmont Park’s fall meeting gets serious this weekend with four graded stakes races, all of which could have a bearing on the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Del Mar in early November. Two of the races are official Breeders’ Cup Challenge contests, meaning the winner automatically earns a berth in the relevant Breeders’ Cup race. The first is the [...]