Speed Horses Could Have Advantage in Amsterdam Stakes

Promises Fulfilled winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) - Photo by Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography There are plenty of reasons why bettors might be drawn to the chances of #3 Engage and #5 Strike Power in Saturday’s $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga. Their credentials are obvious. Engage won the Futurity Stakes (gr. III) last fall and has never finished out of the exacta in six starts for top trainer Chad Brown; in addition; he finished [...]

Breeders’ Cup opens up discussion on 2018 Kentucky Derby

Firenze Fire (left) and Good Magic are both in the conversation about potential 2018 Kentucky Derby prospects. Photo: Coglianese Photos. Before the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, it seemed clear that Bolt d’Oro was not only going to win, he’d be a clear favorite for the 2018 Kentucky Derby. Now, with the race run and Bolt d’Oro finishing third, it’s not so obvious. Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) may have been suffering for his huge FrontRunner Stakes (G1) performance, and with [...]

Plenty to think about for Belmont Futurity

Measuring up a number of different races will be the key to betting on the Belmont Futurity Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park Oct. 14. Mojovation and Happy Like a Fool head a small but intriguing group of 2-year-old sprinters contesting the 6-furlong dash on dirt, but all six deserve some consideration. Mojovation will appreciate the cut back in class after finishing seventh in the Hopeful Stakes (G1). That’s proved to be a good form race, with the second-place finisher Free [...]