Promises Fulfilled stands out in John A. Nerud Stakes

Promises Fulfilled (right) edges Whitmore in a thrilling renewal of the Phoenix Stakes (G3) - Keeneland Photo Following a series of troubled defeats against tougher company, it appears #9 Promises Fulfilled has found the perfect spot to rebound in Saturday’s $300,000 John A. Nerud Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park. This seven-furlong sprint serves as a “Win and You’re In” qualifier to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita Park, a race in which Promises Fulfilled finished [...]

How to bet the 2019 Princess Rooney Stakes

Stormy Embrace winning the 2018 Princess Rooney Stakes (G2) - Coglianese Photos Handicapping Saturday’s $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park boils down to one pivotal question—can anyone stop #6 Stormy Embrace from winning this seven-furlong sprint for the second straight year? It’s going to be a difficult task. Stormy Embrace is 5-for-11 at Gulfstream and crushed the 2018 Princess Rooney in gate-to-wire fashion, when she prevailed by six effortless lengths with a 105 Brisnet speed figure. [...]

Why I’m betting Tom’s d’Etat in the 2019 Stephen Foster Handicap

Tom's d'Etat winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography There will be no shortage of quality horses for handicappers to choose from in Saturday’s $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8-mile event is the highlight of the racing weekend in North America, offering a hefty purse and a “Win and You’re In” berth to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). On five occasions, the Stephen Foster winner has gone on to [...]

How to bet the 2019 Fleur de Lis Handicap

Blue Prize winning the Falls City Handicap (gG1) - Coady Photography Three fillies and mares stand above the others in Saturday’s #250,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs. #2 She’s a Julie, #3 Elate and #5 Blue Prize are all grade 1 winners who figure to put on a show in this 1 1/8-mile “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). In terms of Brisnet speed figures, they’re significantly faster than their [...]

An Introduction to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011 A new Breeders’ Cup race is set to debut this year at Churchill Downs, and while it might not be the type of championship race you’d typically expect from the Breeders’ Cup, there’s no doubt that it will offer bettors an intriguing handicapping challenge with the possibility for big payoffs. The race in question is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, a 5 ½-furlong grass race somewhat reminiscent of the short-lived [...]

How to Bet the Jessamine Stakes Trifecta

My Gal Betty winning the Catch a Glimpse Stakes (Michael Burns Photo) After nine months of racing in a dozen countries, the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series will reach its annual conclusion with the running of the $200,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (gr. II) on October 10th at Keeneland. The 1 1/16-mile turf test is the last of the 85 “Win and You’re In” prep races that comprise the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, and with a free berth to [...]

Knicks Go Posts Stunning 70-1 Upset in Breeders’ Futurity

Knicks Go winning the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) - Keeneland Photo If you had stated prior to the running of Saturday’s $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland that Knicks Go would not only win, but do so by 5 ½ lengths, the majority of handicappers would have scoffed at the notion. After all, the Maryland-bred son of Paynter had previously finished a distant third in the Arlington-Washington Futurity and appeared to be overmatched against his [...]

Complexity Uses His Speed to Dominate Champagne Stakes

Complexity winning the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography Pure speed is one of the greatest tactical advantages a racehorse can possess, and based on the results of Saturday’s $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, there’s no doubt that Complexity has more than his fair share of pure speed. How can you beat a horse who can sprint you off your feet and just keep going? It isn’t easy, as Complexity’s nine [...]

Rhododendron Seeks Repeat Win in Prix de l’Opera Longines

Rhododendron breaks from the starting gate in the 2017 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf - Photo by Michael McInally/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup Fans of international horse racing are well aware that the first Sunday in October is the date of the much-anticipated Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) at Longchamp, the most prestigious race in Europe and—perhaps—the entire world. The Arc is a great attraction in and of itself, but for North American racing fans with an eye [...]

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, [...]