Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf top 10

Sistercharlie (left) winning the 2018 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) - © Kaz Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup Just how many high-class turf mares does trainer Chad Brown have in his stable? In my opinion Brown trains six of the top 10 contenders for the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) at Santa Anita Park. When was the last time a single trainer conditioned half a dozen serious contenders for one Breeders’ Cup race? [...]

BARN Podcast 5/7/19

We continue to discuss Saturday's Kentucky Derby and all the news coming out about it. We also look back at the great Kentucky Derby undercard races and start to look ahead to what looks like a big field in the Preakness Stakes.

Spot Plays for 2019 Louisiana Derby Day

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography A marathon day of racing is scheduled for Saturday, March 23 at Fair Grounds. Thirteen races are on the card, including the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II), a prominent steppingstone toward the 2019 Kentucky Derby. That race is unquestionably the main highlight, but the undercard includes several other interesting stakes races that could offer opportunities to make nice wagering [...]

Derby, Oaks Contenders Star on Stakes-Packed Saturday at Fair Grounds

Hog Creek Hustle winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Up-and-coming two-year-olds with an eye on the 2019 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks are among the many talented horses entered in the six stakes races scheduled for December 22nd at Fair Grounds. It’s yet another action-packed Saturday of high-class racing at the New Orleans track, which opened its annual winter meet on December 1st. In chronological order, the highlights on this massive 14-race card include…. Race [...]

Vasilika, Cambodia Meet Again in Rodeo Drive Stakes

Vasilika winning the John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © Benoit Photo Every year, the $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita serves as the West Coast’s major prep race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I), and this year is no exception, with the 1 ¼-mile race pitting some of the best female turf horses in California against each other in a battle for supremacy. With a “Win [...]

Defending Champion Cambodia the One to Beat in Saturday’s Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar

As usual the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap conducted at a mile and a sixteenth over the Del Mar sod drew a solid field of fillies and mares. The $200,000 event is not only a challenging part of the late Pick 4 on Saturday afternoon “Where the Turf Meets the Surf,” but it also presents a great opportunity for those that like to get involved in vertical wagers. Defending champion #11 Cambodia has failed to hit the board in two [...]

Analyzing the Late Pick 4 on Santa Anita Derby Day

The big day in thoroughbred racing spans from coast to coast on Saturday and that includes a 13-race card in Southern California headlined by the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. The final race is an Arabian event, so the late Pick 4 commences with the Santa Anita Derby in Race 9, includes the Grade 2 Royal Heroine and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and ends with an optional claimer at a mile and an eighth over the lawn in [...]

New Money Honey faces worthy European challenge

Punters will need to assess the form of the European 3-year-old fillies against that of North America when handicapping the 1 1/8-mile Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at Keeneland Oct. 14. The American division, headed by New Money Honey, face two European-trained runners – one of which has strong form against the best on that continent. Wuheida, from the stable of Charlie Appleby, hasn’t won since the Prix Marcel Boussac (G1) last year. But in four group one races [...]