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 [...]

Royal Ascot: Spot plays for Day 4

Racing at Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com The penultimate day of racing at the 2019 Royal Ascot meet features four more group stakes races, including a high-quality renewal of the Coronation Stakes (G1). Favorites have struggled during the first three days of the meet, perhaps in part because of the soft ground, but with the course drying out, the action might be a bit more predictable Friday. Let’s dig in and come up with a few spot [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Royal Lodge Stakes Could Have Breeders’ Cup, Kentucky Derby Implications

Whether you’re interested in the Breeders’ Cup, the Kentucky Derby, the 2019 European classics, or all of these combined, you absolutely won’t want to miss Saturday’s Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Eng-II) at Newmarket in England. Won in the last decade by such talented horses as Frankel, Roaring Lion, Joshua Tree, and Daddy Long Legs, the one-mile Royal Lodge offers abundant options for the winner. In addition to being a logical stepping stone toward Europe’s major prizes in 2019, the race [...]

Fog of War Rallies to Victory in Summer Stakes

Fog of War (left) rallies to victory in the Summer Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) When Fog of War rallied to win his debut at Saratoga this summer with a determined late run, it seemed clear that trainer Chad Brown had yet another promising turf horse in his barn. That belief was vindicated on Sunday when Fog of War proved to be a most impressive winner of the $250,000 Summer Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine, [...]

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Berth Available in KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes

This weekend is going to be a big one in terms of “Win and You’re In” prep races for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. The attention of North American racing fans will be primarily focused on Sunday’s Summer Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine, but given the impressive history of success by foreign raiders in the Juvenile Turf, it could pay to keep an eye on Saturday’s KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes (Eng-II) at Leopardstown, a [...]

Huge, Competitive Field Assembles for Summer Stakes

Wallace winning the Soaring Free Stakes at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) Turf? Check. Huge field? Check. Two-year-olds? Check. Fantastically competitive and wide-open betting race? You bet! On Sunday, Woodbine racecourse will host the $250,000 Summer Stakes (gr. I), a one-mile grass race that offers a “Win and You’re In” berth to the upcoming Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. With that prize (plus Grade 1 status) on the line, horses ranging from stakes winners to [...]

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 [...]