Lazy Daisy digs deep to win Pocahontas Stakes

Reiterating the strength of the juvenile fillies division in California, Lazy Daisy shipped east off a fourth-place finish in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) and sprung a 7-1 upset in the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs.

McPeek filly to follow winning formula in Pocahontas Stakes

You can take your pick of fillies who recorded maiden victories on dirt at Saratoga, Del Mar, Gulfstream Park, Colonial Downs, Ellis Park or Indiana Grand, but I’m going to play outside the box and favor #6 Morning Gold, whose maiden victory came on grass at Saratoga.

Keying a 6-1 shot in the 2019 Spinaway Stakes

#6 Risky Mischief might not be the fastest filly on paper in Sunday’s $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, but I believe this daughter of Into Mischief might be better than she appears at first glance. Although Risky Mischief’s debut victory on July 31 at Saratoga didn’t yield big speed figures (67 Beyer and 82 Brisnet), she made a terrific visual impression. Facing nine New York-bred rivals in a six-furlong sprint, Risky Mischief broke slowly from the rail before rushing [...]

Stakes spot plays for opening day at Saratoga

Saratoga - Photo by Adam Mooshian/Coglianese Photos The 2019 Saratoga meet kicks off Thursday, with a competitive ten-race card featuring two graded stakes events. All but one race attracted nine or more entrants, and the stakes races offer plenty of viable contenders to consider. Let’s kick off the much-anticipated meet with a couple of graded stakes spot plays. Race 8: Schuylerville Stakes (G3) There are a bunch of speedy juvenile fillies entered in this six-furlong sprint, so it’s [...]

Churchill Downs Single 6 Jackpot: The filly to single Saturday

Magic Dance winning her debut at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The Single 6 Jackpot went unclaimed Friday at Churchill Downs, leaving a huge carryover pool of $327,613 to be dispersed Saturday. On days like these, when a mandatory dispersal of a jackpot pool is on the agenda, it’s wise for bettors to shift their strategy a bit. It’s no longer necessary to scour the card for potential longshots winners in hopes of holding the lone winning ticket—in [...]

Spot plays for the Debutante, Bashford Manor and more

Magic Dance winning her debut at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The 2019 Churchill Downs spring meet wraps up Saturday, with a 12-race card that features three stakes races. Juveniles will take the spotlight in the $125,000 Debutante Stakes and $125,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (G3), while older sprinters will shine in the $120,000 Kelly’s Landing Stakes. Let’s put together a few spot plays for the stakes races. Race 8: Kelly’s Landing Stakes #8 Warrior’s Club looms as the [...]

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 [...]

Jaywalk Cruises to Victory in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Jaywalk winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) - Coady Photography Once upon a time, an increasingly long time ago, a filly named Jaywalk demonstrated that she is indeed mortal by finishing second in her debut at Monmouth Park. But since that day in June, Jaywalk has looked less and less like a typical racehorse and more and more like a top-notch talent in the making. And on November 2nd at Churchill Downs, Jaywalk brought her game to [...]

How to Bet the Multi-Day Breeders’ Cup Doubles

Serengeti Empress winning the Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography A two-day double wager linking the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) with the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) has been a staple of the Breeders’ Cup wagering menu for nearly a decade, but with changes to the race schedule for 2018, the wager has been replaced with three new multi-day doubles that offer plenty of options and excitement for handicappers. With the Distaff moving to [...]

Bellafina Favored in Deep Renewal of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Bellafina winning the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO At some point in the lengthy history of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), there has probably been a better field than the one that has assembled for Friday’s renewal of the race at Churchill Downs. But I’d be hard-pressed to tell you which field that might have been, because quite frankly, the 2018 Juvenile Fillies is shaping up to be [...]