Keeneland: 9 Breeders’ Cup preps on the agenda for opening week

Elate winning the Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) - Coady Photography On a huge opening weekend of racing at Keeneland, nine “Win and You’re In” qualifiers for the November 1-2 Breeders’ Cup will be conducted. With the action spread across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you won’t want to miss a single day of racing. To help you stay up to speed, here’s a quick rundown of all Keeneland’s Breeders’ Cup preps, including race numbers and post times (all [...]

Bolo springs 32-1 upset in Shoemaker Mile

Bolo winning the Shoemaker Mile (G1) - © Benoit Photo Bolo has always shown talent, but now we can add durability and resilience to his list of desirable traits. How many horses can take two years away from competition, return at the age of 7 and parlay a single prep run into a grade 1 victory? Bolo used his frontrunning speed to dominate the $500,000 Shoemaker Mile Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita on Memorial Day, a victory that [...]

Why I’m Betting Delta Prince in the Shoemaker Mile

Delta Prince winning the Maker's 46 Mile (G1) - Keeneland Photo Six months ago, I penned an article here on BetAmerica titled “Betting Regional Classic Advantages,” in which I noted how turf horses from the East Coast tend to be superior to their West Coast counterparts, a fact handicappers can use to their advantage. Certainly I have enjoyed success betting East Coast shippers in major California turf races, and I’ll follow this lucrative approach once again in the [...]

Why I’m Betting River Boyne in the San Francisco Mile

River Boyne - © Benoit Photo He might not be an obvious standout at first glance, but I believe #10 River Boyne will be tough to beat in Saturday’s $250,000 San Francisco Mile Stakes (G3) at Golden Gate Fields. The Irish-bred 4-year-old has been flat-out classy since arriving in North America a year and a half ago, going 7-for-13 while cracking the superfecta in all but one of his races. With five stakes wins (three of them graded) [...]

Itsinthepost, Hunt Square Off in Eddie Read Stakes

Itsinthepost winning the San Gabriel Stakes (gr. II) - © BENOIT PHOTO If you like grass racing and large, competitive fields, then you won’t want to miss the $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. II) on Sunday at Del Mar. Held at nine furlongs, the Eddie Read has attracted eleven starters that pretty much represent a “who’s who” of California’s top turf horses. Of course, that includes Itsinthepost, who has won seemingly every Grade 2 turf race in California [...]

How to Bet the Oceanside Stakes on Opening Day at Del Mar

Photo: Benoit Photo. The Oceanside Stakes may not be a graded event, but as usual the restricted $100,000 contest drew a strong field of three-year-old colts looking to get the summer meet started with a visit to the Del Mar winners’ circle. The pace in this year’s Oceanside should be quick given the presence of several horses that have done their best running in sprints or on the front end of two-turn races. With #10 Calexman, #12 Soltero, [...]

World Approval Stands Out in Frank E. Kilroe Mile

World Approval winning the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) - Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup To put it simply, World Approval is a beast. The six-year-old gelding has long been a tough competitor at the Grade 1 level, even while running as far as 1 ½ miles, but when trainer Mark Casse cut World Approval back in distance to a flat mile last summer, the son of Northern Afleet became a force to reckon with. His decisive victories in [...]

Return to Turf Makes B Squared Appealing in Mathis Brothers Mile

Big Score winning the Transylvania Stakes (gr. III) - Keeneland Photo/Coady Photography What do you do when the majority of the horses in a given race have taken turns beating each other all year long? There are a couple of options. You can try to split hairs and predict which one is on the rise and ready for a winning effort on this particular day, or you can try to beat them all with a newcomer. I’ll take [...]

Samurai looks Sharp for Hollywood Derby

Sharp Samurai beats Big Score to win the Del Mar Derby. Pic: Benoit Photos. Sharp Samurai has had the wood over the West Coast turf 3-year-olds this year, but he’ll have to beat some eastern invaders to win the 1 1/8-mile Hollywood Derby (G1) at Del Mar Nov. 25. The First Samurai gelding has won four consecutive stakes races, and convincingly beat five of his nine rivals in the Twilight Derby (G2) while conceding weight to all of [...]

Sharp Samurai the one to beat in Twilight Derby

Sharp Samurai beats Big Score to win the Del Mar Derby. Benoit Photos.Sharp Samurai will need to beat a good field as he tries to win his fourth consecutive stakes race in the 1 1/8-mile Twilight Derby (G2) for 3-year-old turf runners at Santa Anita Park Oct. 28. The son of First Samurai is one of the leading 3-year-old turf runners on the West Coast, a ranking earned after winning the La Jolla Handicap (G3) and the Del Mar Derby [...]