Belmont Park: Spot plays for Kelso Handicap, Noble Damsel Stakes

Graded stakes racing returns to Belmont Park on Saturday, September 21, with the $200,000 Noble Damsel Stakes (G3) and the $300,000 Kelso Handicap (G2).

Why I’m betting Tom’s d’Etat in the Woodward Stakes

Tom's d'Etat winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Although #9 Tom’s d’Etat has never won a graded stakes race of any kind, he may have found the perfect spot to nab a signature Grade 1 victory in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (G1), the feature race on the final Saturday of the 2019 Saratoga meet. Tom’s d’Etat has long shown flashes of significant talent, and he’s knocked heads with some serious racehorses this year, most [...]

2019 Breeders’ Cup: John Sadler’s contingent coming up strong

Trainer John Sadler is enjoying a banner season, with 13 graded stakes victories. Sadler has a half-dozen potential Breeders’ Cup contenders in his stable, including four that might compete in the Classic.

Six runners who can challenge Maximum Security for division supremacy

Which 3-year-olds could make a run at Maximum Security for the championship title? Here are six challengers who shouldn’t be counted out of the mix.

A longshot to consider in the West Virginia Derby

Mr. Money winning the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography You don’t need me to tell you #9 Mr. Money is the horse to beat in Saturday’s $500,000 West Virginia Derby (G3) at Mountaineer. That much should be apparent to even a casual handicapper glancing at the past performances. Mr. Money has earned a ton of purse money beating up on grade 3 competition this spring and summer. He cruised to victory by 5 [...]

How to bet the 2019 Jim Dandy Stakes

Tacitus (left) defeating Tax (right) in the Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct - © NYRA/Coglianese Photography Talent, durability, consistency, the ability to win big races—these are the traits that define great racehorses. You’ll find all of these traits spread among the six runners entered in Saturday’s $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga. The only problem is identifying the runner who possesses the best blend. You want talent? #4 Global Campaign has shown flashes of brilliance, most recently [...]

Why I’m betting Endorsed in the Curlin Stakes

Saratoga - Photo by Adam Mooshian/Coglianese Photos The $100,000 Curlin Stakes on July 26 at Saratoga offers an unusual entry condition that makes the race an appealing target for up-and-coming 3-year-olds. The 1 1/8-mile race is restricted to runners “which have not won a graded sweepstakes over a mile in 2019.” In other words, you won’t find division leaders in the Curlin. Instead you’ll find a blend of horses looking for an easy spot to boost their confidence [...]

How to bet the 2019 Iowa Derby

Night Ops breaking his maiden at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography Although the $250,000 Iowa Derby lost its graded stakes status a couple years ago, that hasn’t prevented the 2019 edition from attracting a large and competitive field. A dozen 3-year-olds will battle over 1 1/16 miles in the Friday test at Prairie Meadows, including four proven stakes winners and just as many who have placed at the stakes level. After reviewing the field, I believe #7 Visitant [...]

Seeking the Soul rallies late to win Stephen Foster Handicap

Seeking the Soul winning the Stephen Foster Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Some horses bring their "A" game regardless of where they’re running. Others show a distinct preference for certain racetracks. It’s seems clear at this point Seeking the Soul has a special fondness for Churchill Downs, where he scored a gallant victory in the $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G2) on June 15. All three of Seeking the Soul’s graded stakes wins have come at [...]

Pegasus Stakes kicks off summer campaign for Maximum Security

Maximum Security wins Florida Derby (Coglianese Photos) With the disappointment of his Kentucky Derby (G1) disqualification still looming large, Maximum Security will aim to start the summer of his 3-year-old campaign on a bright note when he contests the June 16 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park. Gary and Mary West’s star colt is one of six runners entered in the 1 1/16-mile event, which serves as a local springboard to the July 20 Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth. [...]