Picks and Plays for the Tropical Turf and Marshua’s River Stakes

Heart to Heart winning the Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes (gr. I) - Photo by Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography Gulfstream Park is doing their best to keep us entertained while we wait for the eagerly-anticipated Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) and Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I) on January 26th. The Florida racetrack has packed their upcoming weekend stakes slates with high-class events, including the Tropical Turf Stakes (gr. III) and the Marshua’s River Stakes (gr. III) on Saturday, [...]

Grass Championships Wide-Open at the 2018 Eclipse Awards

Enable winning the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) - Coady Photography When Eclipse Award voters fill out their ballots at the end of the year, they will be faced with several challenging decisions, and while the battle for Horse of the Year is receiving most of the attention, the showdowns to determine the 2018 champion turf horses figure to be just as contested. There certainly won’t be a unanimous choice for Champion Grass Male or Champion Grass Female, [...]

Top 10 Highlights of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships

Enable winning the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) - Coady Photography No matter how you slice it, the 2018 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs was a clear-cut success. Total wagering may have been down slightly from 2017, but the figures were still strong overall, and the racing was nothing less than top-notch. A decision to move all of the juvenile races to Friday (while transferring the historic Distaff back to Saturday) was an inspired idea, giving the two-year-olds [...]

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 Santa Monica in the E.P. Taylor Stakes

Santa Monica winning the Dance Smartly Stakes (gr. II) at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) There’s seemingly something for everyone in Saturday’s $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine, a 1 ¼-mile turf event that is shaping up to be one of the best betting races of the weekend. There are several European shippers… a talented local runner... a couple of three-year-olds… and three contenders trained by Chad Brown, who has surprisingly never won the E.P. Taylor Stakes. [...]

How to Bet the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes

Rushing Fall winning the Jessamine Stakes (gr. III). Photo: Keeneland/Coady Photography This is hardly a creative opinion, but on paper it’s hard to make much of a case against #8 Rushing Fall in Saturday’s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. Need convincing? Let me give you a few reasons why Rushing Fall should not lose this race: She’s undefeated in two starts over the Keeneland turf course, winning the 2017 Jessamine Stakes (gr. [...]

Back for More: Eight Breeders’ Cup Champs Could Seek Repeat Wins

Mendelssohn winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (Photo by Ting Shen/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) As the fields for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup races continue to take shape, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we could see an impressive number of past winners return with an eye on adding additional Breeders’ Cup titles to their records. All told, eight previous Breeders’ Cup winners—six from 2017 and two from 2016—could see action at Churchill Downs four weeks from now. Some will be attempting [...]

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 [...]

Chad Brown Holds Strong Hand in Flower Bowl Stakes

Turf racing at Belmont Park - Photo by Coglianese Photography Ten furlongs on turf? At Belmont Park? For fillies and mares? Those are the conditions of Sunday’s $500,000 Flower Bowl Stakes (gr. I), and if the race seems tailor-made for the deep stable of female turf stars trained by Chad Brown, then it should come as no surprise that Brown has won the race four times since 2011. Naturally, Brown will be well-represented in this year’s renewal of [...]

Vasilika, Cambodia Meet Again in Rodeo Drive Stakes

Vasilika winning the John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © Benoit Photo Every year, the $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita serves as the West Coast’s major prep race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I), and this year is no exception, with the 1 ¼-mile race pitting some of the best female turf horses in California against each other in a battle for supremacy. With a “Win [...]