2019 Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” Qualifiers

Code of Honor (outside) and Vino Rosso hit the wire together in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) - Photo by Janet Garaguso/Coglianese Photography/NYRA The 2019 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series officially wrapped up Wednesday, October 9, when Sweet Melania cruised to a decisive victory in the $200,000 Jessamine Stakes (G2) at Keeneland. The 86-race series saw 83 different horses secure “Win and You’re In” berths to the November 1-2 Breeders’ Cup. Fourteen championship races will be held over [...]

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 [...]

Churchill Downs spot plays: Is Covfefe vulnerable in the Dogwood?

There are 11 races scheduled for Saturday, September 21 at Churchill Downs, but the most interesting events on the card are the final two of the afternoon. The $125,000 Dogwood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies attracted a small but intriguing field, while the finale is a deep maiden special weight with an abundance of entries.

Betting an 8-1 shot in the Presque Isle Downs Masters

If you toss out Spring in the Wind’s poor showings on dirt, her race record looks encouraging. She also won three straight races over the Woodbine Tapeta track in 2018.

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint top 5: It’s time to dance

Ranking the top contenders for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita is harder than it sounds.

How to bet the exotics in the 2019 Prioress Stakes

Break Even winning the Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) - Coady Photography On paper, Saturday’s $250,000 Prioress Stakes (G2) at Saratoga is shaping up to be a race between two just competitors—#3 Break Even and the clock. That’s how dominant Break Even appears to be in this six-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies. Trained by Brad Cox, the daughter of Country Day has gone undefeated in six starts, repeatedly using her blazing speed to sprint her rivals off their feet. With [...]

Why I’m betting Come Dancing in the Ballerina Stakes

Several accomplished female sprinters will square off in Saturday’s $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, but they’re all running for second behind the lightly raced 5-year-old #2 Come Dancing.

Looking for a longshot in the Test Stakes

Serengeti Empress winning the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) - Coady Photography There are plenty of accomplished fillies to choose from in Saturday’s $500,000 Test Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. The only problem? They all share similar running styles. There’s the frontrunning #1 Serengeti Empress, winner of the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks (G1) and runner-up in the one-mile Acorn Stakes (G1). Trained by Tom Amoss, the daughter of Alternation is a tried-and-true frontrunner, and she’ll be cutting back to seven [...]

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. [...]

May 2019 Breeders’ Cup Overview: Who Leads Each Division?

Bricks and Mortar winning the Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) - Coady Photography Don’t look now, but the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park is just more than five months away, and the first North American leg of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series kicks off this weekend. Handicappers will be happy to know several key Breeders’ Cup divisions look wide open this year, which should make the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races exciting and competitive. Let’s quickly [...]