We look back at the weekend action including the Jim Dandy card from Saratoga, the Bing Crosby at Del Mar, the Haskell at Monmouth Park and more!
Ransom the Moon winning the Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO If you were experiencing feelings of déjà vu while watching Saturday’s $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar, it’s certainly understandable. Remarkably, the top two finishers in the six-furlong sprint were the same this year as in 2017, with Ransom the Moon beating favored Roy H to the finish line. But Saturday’s renewal was different in one noteworthy respect—unlike [...]
Roy H winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint - Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup The second Saturday of the 2018 Del Mar summer meeting offers racing fans several great wagering opportunities, including a late Pick 4 that commences in Race 7 with the $150,000 California Dreamin and concludes with a maiden special weight event over the sod for two-year-olds. Here are my thoughts: Race 7: The California Dreamin Stakes This mile and a sixteenth event for California-Bred or [...]
Roy H winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint - Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup A champion will return to the races on Saturday at Del Mar, but his presence certainly hasn’t scared away any opposition. The horse in question is #3 Roy H, named champion male sprinter of 2017 following a near-perfect 5-for-6 campaign that culminated with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I). The race in question is the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I), [...]
Del Mar - © Benoit Photo. Summer may have officially arrived in June, but for horsemen, racing fans, and bettors, the season doesn’t truly begin until the annual summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga open for business in mid-July. Both meets are packed with rich stakes races that are expected to attract some of the most accomplished runners in the nation, as well as some of the most promising two-year-olds with 2019 Triple Crown aspirations. We’ve already taken [...]
Drefong is well clear at the finish of the Forego Stakes at Saratoga. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand Last time Drefong started at Del Mar, he threw his jockey off at the gap shortly after the start of the Bing Crosby Stakes (G1). A repeat of that seems the most likely way he would be stopped from defending his Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) title. Since finishing fifth on debut as a 2-year-old, Baoma Corporation’s Gio Ponti colt has won [...]
Every race on the 2017 Breeders' Cup 2-day card should be competitive. There isn't a single race where the likely morning line favorite is a lock. This includes the Breeders' Cup Sprint where Bob Baffert's 2016 BC Sprint winner, Drefong, could be an odds-on favorite to repeat. There are plenty of horses that could challenge Drefong. My key horse is one who should relish the dirt at Del Mar. He might be coming up to the best race of his [...]
A clean trip will be the main wish for the connections of Roy H. as he seeks a second chance at grade one glory in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) Oct. 7. Roy H. was carted several horse widths wide on the turn in the Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) at Del Mar July 29 by the riderless champion sprinter Drefong, giving Ransom the Moon a saloon passage along the rail. The eventual margin in Ransom the Moon’s favor was [...]