Why I’m Betting Against the Favorites in the Bold Ruler Handicap

Belmont Park - Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography A turf horse switching to dirt and a lightly-raced runner making his first start off a 13-month layoff ensure that Saturday’s $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park will offer handicappers a tricky challenge despite attracting just six starters. The turf horse in question is #6 Delta Prince, who has spent the vast majority of his career as a capable turf miler. The Shug McGaughey-trained five-year-old does have a reasonably [...]

Practical Joke out to extend one-turn record in Cigar Mile

Practical Joke wins the 2017 H. Allan Jerkens Stakes at Saratoga. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand. With stallion duty at Ashford Stud looming next year, leading 3-year-old Practical Joke aims to end his career unbeaten around one turn in the Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct. Practical Joke has run well without winning in two-turn races all year, his efforts including a third-place finish in the Haskell Invitational (G1) and finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Nov. [...]

Seymourdini steps up in quality in Bold Ruler Handicap

Seymourdini is on his own at the finish of the State Dinner Stakes at Belmont Park. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand.   The exciting Seymourdini looks to graduate to graded stakes company in the seven-furlong Bold Ruler Handicap (G3) at Belmont Park Oct. 28 against a group of high quality and resilient sprinters. Seymourdini (Bernardini), a $900,000 purchase at the 2015 OBS April sale, has won five of his nine starts. His only attempt at graded stakes company came [...]