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 [...]

Mia Mischief Wins Humana Distaff with Rapid Mid-Race Move

Mia Mischief winning the Humana Distaff (G1) - Coady Photography Mia Mischief has always shown talent, but on racing’s biggest days she’s had trouble delivering on her potential. But everything changed on Kentucky Derby Day, when Mia Mischief delivered a dominant victory in the $500,000 Humana Distaff (G1) going seven furlongs at Churchill Downs, the first top-level win of her career. Considering the manner in which she prevailed, additional grade 1 wins could well be in her future. Disregarded [...]

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 [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Saturday Spot Plays

Divisidero winning the 2016 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) - Coady Photography As usual, the Breeders’ Cup Saturday card is packed with large fields, competitive races, and exciting wagering opportunities. When you pit this many talented horses against each other, you’re bound to find an abundance of live contenders offering appealing odds. With this in mind, I’ve gone through the Saturday card gathering up a few “spot plays.” Basically, I’m just looking for non-favorites and longshots that [...]

2018 Breeders’ Cup Race Order, Post Times, and Wagering Menu

On the same day that pre-entries for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships were released, the Breeders' Cup also revealed the official schedule of races and wagering opportunities for the two-day event. The action will kick off on Friday, November 2nd at 12:55 p.m. Eastern, with five Breeders’ Cup races among the ten events on the Churchill Downs card. The following day, a twelve-race card featuring nine Breeders’ Cup races will get underway at 10:45 a.m. Eastern. $2 WPS, $1 exactas, [...]

Why I’m Betting Amy’s Challenge in the Raven Run Stakes

Amy's Challenge winning the Dixie Belle Stakes - Coady Photography As handicappers and racing fans, we all have horses that we follow and support for better or worse. Usually it’s because, at some point early on, we saw them flash significant talent that suggested the future was bright, pushing our expectations so high that we’re tempted to offer up our wagering dollars every time they run. One such horse of mine is running in Saturday’s $250,000 Lexus Raven [...]

Charles Town Oaks the Highlight of Seven-Stakes Card at Charles Town

Take Charge Paula winning the House Party Stakes at Gulfstream Park - Photo by Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography With seven stakes races on the agenda, the Saturday card at Charles Town is shaping up to be a memorable day of racing with large fields and some very talented horses in action. Let’s take a quick look at all the action…. Race 5: West Virginia-bred two-year-olds will sprint 4 ½ furlongs in the Henry Mercer Memorial Stakes, in which #1 [...]

Marley’s Freedom Impresses in Ballerina Stakes

Marley's Freedom winning the Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography The Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has won a lot of big races through the years, but one that has proven elusive is the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), the season-ending championship race for female sprinters. However, it appears that Baffert will have a very strong chance to check off that box in November thanks to Marley’s Freedom, [...]

How to Bet the Ballerina Stakes

Finley'sluckycharm winning the Chicago Handicap (gr. III) - Coady Photography There certainly aren’t many speed horses entered in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday at Saratoga, which means that the pace of the seven-furlong race could be on the slow side. It might not be as slow as last year, when By the Moon got away with turtle-like fractions of :24.05 and :47.81 on her way to a gate-to-wire victory, but with #5 Finley’sluckycharm looming as the [...]

How to Bet the Test Stakes

Classy Act winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography What do you do when four of the top contenders in a given race seem certain to engage in an all-out battle for the lead, but you don’t really care for the chances of their late-running rivals? That’s the question I’m faced with when handicapping Saturday’s $500,000 Longines Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. The seven-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies has attracted nine starters, and four [...]