Spot plays for Breeders’ Cup Friday

Kimari winning the Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland - Keeneland Photo The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies might be the highlights on “Future Stars Friday” at Santa Anita, but they’re not the only Breeders’ Cup races scheduled for November 1. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf will play supporting roles on the action-packed card. I’ve already shared my plays for the two feature [...]

2019 Breeders’ Cup race order, post times and wagering schedule

Santa Anita - Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Todd Buchanan 2014 Pre-entries for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita were revealed on October 23, along with the official order of championship races and the enticing wagering menu. The action will kick off Friday, November 1 at 10:45 a.m. PT, with five Breeders’ Cup races for juveniles among the ten events on “Future Stars Friday." The following day, a 12-race card featuring nine Breeders’ Cup races for older horses will [...]

2019 Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” Qualifiers

Code of Honor (outside) and Vino Rosso hit the wire together in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) - Photo by Janet Garaguso/Coglianese Photography/NYRA The 2019 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series officially wrapped up Wednesday, October 9, when Sweet Melania cruised to a decisive victory in the $200,000 Jessamine Stakes (G2) at Keeneland. The 86-race series saw 83 different horses secure “Win and You’re In” berths to the November 1-2 Breeders’ Cup. Fourteen championship races will be held over [...]

Keeneland: 9 Breeders’ Cup preps on the agenda for opening week

Elate winning the Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) - Coady Photography On a huge opening weekend of racing at Keeneland, nine “Win and You’re In” qualifiers for the November 1-2 Breeders’ Cup will be conducted. With the action spread across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you won’t want to miss a single day of racing. To help you stay up to speed, here’s a quick rundown of all Keeneland’s Breeders’ Cup preps, including race numbers and post times (all [...]

Innisfree earns Kentucky Derby points in Beresford Stakes

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography He had to work harder than expected, but odds-on favorite Innisfree gallantly wore down pacesetting Shekham to win Sunday’s Beresford Stakes (G2) at the Curragh in Ireland by a neck. The Aidan O’Brien-trained 2-year-old faced challenging circumstances in the one-mile European Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race, which awarded qualification points to the top four finishers on a 10-4-2-1 basis. Rain reduced the course to “heavy,” which caused O’Brien to withdraw Innisfree’s [...]

Royal Dornoch edges Kameko in Royal Lodge Stakes

Under urging from jockey Wayne Lordan, Royal Dornoch re-rallied to win Saturday’s Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) at Newmarket in England.

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, [...]