Picks and Plays for the Las Cienegas and La Canada Stakes

Santa Anita - Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Todd Buchanan 2014 Although most of the attention at Santa Anita this time of year is focused on three-year-olds and Kentucky Derby prep races, the upcoming Saturday card is a bit different, aimed at showcasing older mares on both dirt and turf. The 6.5-furlong $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes (gr. III) over the unique downhill turf course is first on the agenda, and will be followed two hours later by the 8.5-furlong [...]

Keying Longshot Holding Gold in the Highlander Stakes

Holding Gold winning the Colonel Power Stakes at Fair Grounds - Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir Thanks to the creation of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I) in 2008, the turf sprint division of North America’s racing scene has been gaining in prestige over the last ten years. There’s no greater evidence of this than Saturdays $250,000 Highland Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine, a six-furlong “Win and You’re In” prep race for the Breeders’ Cup Turf [...]

Cambodia seeks first grade one in Matriarch

Cambodia wins the 2017 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar. Pic: Benoit Photo. Third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, leading mare Cambodia is out for her first grade one victory in the Matriarch Stakes (G1) at Del Mar Nov. 26. Cambodia has improved throughout her 5-year-old season, winning the Gallorette Stakes (G3), finishing third in the Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes (G3), and then coming out on top in the Yellow Ribbon Handicap (G2) and [...]

Seven stakes races highlight Breeders’ Cup undercards

Hard Aces wins the Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita Park. Photo: Benoit Photo. Thirteen Breeders’ Cup races understandably take precedence at Del Mar Nov. 3-4, but punters shouldn’t ignore some excellent racing on the undercards. This is particularly the case on Friday, which features two graded races: the 1 ¾-mile Marathon (G2), and the five-furlong Senator Ken Maddy Stakes for fillies and mares. Hard Aces won a Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) early in his career [...]