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. [...]

War of Will holds early edge in race for Eclipse Award

Maximum Security and Country House battle to the wire in the Kentucky Derby (G1) - Coady Photography The rules are simple. Sweep all three legs of the Triple Crown, and you will be named champion 3-year-old male at the Eclipse Awards. Win two of the three races and you’d have to really mess up the second half of the season to lose the title. But when three different horses win the three Triple Crown races, it’s anyone’s guess [...]

How to play the all-stakes Pick 4 on Belmont Stakes Day

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography Belmont Stakes Day Pick 4 There will be no shortage of wagering options on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park, but one of the most appealing bets is the Pick 4 that kicks off in Race 8. The all-stakes sequence has a guaranteed pool of $1.5 million, so with the right combination of longshot winners, the potential exists for a huge [...]

Why I’m betting Firenze Fire in the 2019 Met Mile

Firenze Fire winning the Champagne Stakes (G1) - Photo courtesy of NYRA/Coglianese Photography The Belmont Stakes (G1) is going to be an exciting race, but from a sporting standpoint, the highlight of the spectacular June 8  card at Belmont Park is the $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap (G1). The field for this prestigious one-mile race is packed with some of the best older horses in training. There’s #2 McKinzie, a two-time grade 1 winner entering off a dominant performance in the Alysheba Stakes [...]

Where Will Bodexpress Run Next?

Bodexpress (far left) vies for the early lead in the 2019 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography Handicappers and racing fans can endlessly argue the merits of top 3-year-olds like Maximum Security, Country House and War of Will, but I don’t think anyone will deny that Bodexpress has surpassed them all in the eyes of the general public. After losing his rider at the start of the May 18 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico, Bodexpress put on a show for [...]

Lanier Stamps Synthetic Credentials With Hanshin Cup Triumph

Lanier wins the Hanshin Cup at Arlington International (Coady Photo/Arlington) With the sharp decrease in the number of synthetic racetracks in the U.S. over the last decade, there are few high-class options remaining for horses who excel on artificial surfaces. But you can bet Lanier will make the most of those limited opportunities. Just look at how he shredded nine rivals in the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (G3) on May 11 at Arlington Park, turning a seemingly competitive [...]

How to Bet the Steve Sexton Mile Stakes

Chances are strong a new graded stakes winner will emerge in Sunday’s $300,000 Steve Sexton Mile Stakes (G3) at Lone Star Park. Only one starter in the ten-horse field—#10 Shotgun Kowboy—has ever broken through at the graded level, but the 7-year-old gelding is a 12-1 shot on the morning line. He has finished no better than third in his last five starts, including three allowance races at Oaklawn Park this year. Can Shotgun Kowboy rebound to his winning form? Possibly—he [...]