Spot plays for Natalma Stakes, Summer Stakes at Woodbine

Turf racing at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) A big weekend of Breeders’ Cup prep races at Woodbine continues Sunday, with the $250,000 Summer Stakes (G1) and the $250,000 Natalma Stakes (G1). These one-mile grass events for juveniles offer “Win and You’re In” qualifying berths to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), respectively. Two competitive fields are the result. Let’s add our own rooting interests to the action with a couple [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

How to Bet the Jessamine Stakes Trifecta

My Gal Betty winning the Catch a Glimpse Stakes (Michael Burns Photo) After nine months of racing in a dozen countries, the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series will reach its annual conclusion with the running of the $200,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (gr. II) on October 10th at Keeneland. The 1 1/16-mile turf test is the last of the 85 “Win and You’re In” prep races that comprise the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, and with a free berth to [...]

La Pelosa Ships In, Runs Away With Natalma Stakes

La Pelosa winning the Natalma Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) La Pelosa has talent—that much has been clear since she won her debut back in May. And following a series of frustrating defeats in Great Britain, Godolphin Racing and trainer Charlie Appleby pulled off a major coup when they shipped La Pelosa to contest the Natalma Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine and came away with a top-level prize. Not even breaking from post eleven in [...]

Skitter Scatter Proves Much the Best in Moyglare Stud Stakes

On paper, Sunday’s prestigious Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh in Ireland appeared to be a wide-open event destined to produce a very close finish. The seven-furlong “Win and You’re In” prep race for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I) attracted a field of ten promising two-year-old fillies, the majority of whom could boast solid form lines filled with potential. But in the end, it was the experienced Skitter Scatter—with six starts prior starts under her [...]

How to Bet the Moyglare Stud Stakes

The field breaks from the gate at the start of the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita (Photo by Michael McInally/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) The Moyglare Stud Stakes Can we have anything resembling a firm opinion on Sunday's race? I’ll be honest, it’s hard to have anything resembling a firm opinion of who might win Sunday’s Moyglare Stud Stakes (Eng-I) at the Curragh in Ireland, a “Win and You’re In” prep race for the 2018 Breeders’ [...]

My Gal Betty Seeks Fourth Straight Win in Natalma Stakes

My Gal Betty winning the Catch a Glimpse Stakes (Michael Burns Photo) If you think that Sunday’s Summer Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine is shaping up to be a competitive race, just wait until you see the entries for the $250,000 Natalma Stakes (gr. I) earlier on the card! The one-mile “Win and You’re In” prep race for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I) proved so popular among horsemen that fifteen fillies were entered, requiring [...]

Huge Weekend of Racing Set for September 15-16 at Woodbine

Divisidero winning the 2016 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) - Coady Photography On the weekend of September 15-16, the attention of the racing world will turn to Woodbine in Canada, where a top-class series of eight stakes races worth nearly $2.2 million will take center stage. Among the highlights of this action-packed weekend are three official prep races for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. Kicking off the slate is the $800,000 Woodbine Mile [...]