Preakness Stakes Make the Case – Anothertwistafate & Owendale

The Preakness Stakes takes place this Saturday on May 18. Although neither Country House nor Maximum Security will run in the race, the field should be deep. That means a horse offering overlay odds could take it. Two possible overlay odds horses could be Anothertwistafate and Owendale. Keep reading for the case for and the case against both. Preakness Stakes Case For & Against Anothertwistafate & Owendale Preakness Case for and against Anothertwistafate After his impressive win in [...]

Potential Derby Contenders Line Up March 2 at Fair Grounds

Racing at Fair Grounds - Photo by Hodges Photography Most handicappers this weekend will understandably be turning their attention to the stakes-packed Saturday card at Gulfstream Park, but players on the lookout for up-and-coming Kentucky Derby contenders are advised to check out the action at Fair Grounds as well. The nine-race Saturday card includes a trio of intriguing races for three-year-olds. The action kicks off with the $75,000 Black Gold Stakes, a one-mile turf event scheduled as the [...]

Is War of Will Vulnerable in the Risen Star?

War of Will winning the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds - Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir If horses always ran to form and everyone always received a perfect trip, handicapping races would be easy. Certainly handicapping Saturday’s $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds would offer no meaningful challenge. After all, doesn’t #14 War of Will loom as a standout on paper? The son of War Front is 2-for-2 on dirt and was [...]

Eight Fillies Seek Graded Victory in Comely Stakes

Blamed galloping at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Calling all three-year-old fillies! Friday’s $200,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III) might not be the most anticipated race on Thanksgiving week, but the nine-furlong event at Aqueduct does represent the penultimate opportunity for sophomore fillies to seek a graded stakes victory on dirt this year. Suffice to say, someone is definitely going to benefit from this opportunity, because none of the eight entrants in the Comely have previously won at the [...]

Why I’m Betting Mr. Misunderstood in the River City Handicap

Mr. Misunderstood winning the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. III) - Coady Photography He’s arguably the fastest horse on paper, he has a perfect record over the local turf course, and he’s dropping in class out of a Grade 1 race. What’s not to like about #3 Mr. Misunderstood in Saturday’s $100,000 River City Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs? I certainly don’t see any convincing reasons to oppose him. Trained by Brad Cox, the four-year-old son of Archarcharch [...]

Monomoy Girl Keeps On Winning in Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Monomoy Girl winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) - Coady Photography Just how good is the three-year-old filly Monomoy Girl? Well, between February and November, she crossed the wire first in seven straight graded stakes races, including six Grade 1 events, and she proved her mettle against older mare by winning the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) on November 3rd at Churchill Downs in professional fashion. That’s pretty remarkable, no? On several occasions, Monomoy Girl has [...]

How to Bet the Hagyard Fayette Stakes

Hofburg training at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography When seven accomplished runners line up to contest the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday at Keeneland, the feature race on the last day of the meet, most eyes will be focused on the lone three-year-old in the field, #6 Hofburg. That’s certainly understandable, since the Bill Mott-trained son of Tapit has compiled a promising record this year, most notably finishing second in the Florida Derby (gr. I) [...]

Covfefe Makes Stakes Debut in Frizette Stakes

Covfefe winning her debut at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography There are some pretty good fillies entered in Sunday’s $400,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. That’s not surprising with a “Win and You’re In” berth to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) available, along with 17 qualification points for the 2019 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). But truth be told, most eyes will be focused on one filly, and that one filly is #6 Covfefe, [...]

Restless Rider Faces Full Field in Keeneland’s Alcibiades Stakes

Restless Rider winning the Debutante Stakes - Coady Photography Just as the Saratoga and Del Mar race meets are synonymous with summer in the sport of horse racing, Keeneland’s annual October race meet is synonymous with the arrival of fall. This year’s much-anticipated fall meet kicks off on October 6th, and as usual, the stakes schedule is packed with “Win and You’re In” prep races for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The feature race on the opening-day [...]