2019 Breeders’ Cup: John Sadler’s contingent coming up strong

Trainer John Sadler is enjoying a banner season, with 13 graded stakes victories. Sadler has a half-dozen potential Breeders’ Cup contenders in his stable, including four that might compete in the Classic.

5 runners hindered by the slow rail on Travers Day

While the the Travers Day equine exploits have received plenty of press, significant focus has been placed on the way Saratoga’s main track played during the busy afternoon.

Shancelot’s speed stands out in H. Allen Jerkens Stakes

H. Allen Jerkens conditioned some fast horses during his Hall of Fame career, but I’m not sure any displayed as much raw speed as #1 Shancelot, who will be favored to win the $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes (G1) on Saturday at Saratoga.

Breeders’ Cup Sprint Top 5: A 3-year-old moves to the top

Since we published our first Breeders’ Cup Sprint Top 5 in June, a lot has changed on the road to the championship showdown at Santa Anita.

Why I’m betting Shancelot in the Amsterdam Stakes

Shancelot winning an optional claiming race at Monmouth Park - © Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO “The best horse I’ve ever trained.” Those were the words trainer Jorge Navarro used to describe #12 Shancelot after the son of Shanghai Bobby dominated a June 23 six-furlong optional-claiming race at Monmouth Park by 6 1/4 lengths. Now Navarro’s belief will be put to the test, when Shancelot breaks from the far outside post in Sunday’s $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (G2) at Saratoga. Considering Navarro [...]

Is Mitole unstoppable in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap?

Mitole winning the Churchill Downs Stakes (G1) - Coady Photography Handicapping Saturday’s $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) at Saratoga boils down to one question. Can anyone stop the sensational #1 Mitole from recording his eighth consecutive victory? Mitole showed promise as a 3-year-old in 2018, but he’s been a beast since he returned from a long layoff this winter. After an easy win in an optional-claiming allowance at Oaklawn Park, Mitole fired off consecutive victories in the [...]

How to bet the Belmont Derby Day Pick 4

Turf racing at Belmont Park - Photo by Coglianese Photography Racing fans will turn their attention to New York on Saturday, when Belmont Park hosts an action-packed card featuring five graded stakes. One of the most intriguing wagers of the day is the Pick 4 that kicks off in the seventh race. The all-stakes sequence is filled with competitive races and finding the right combination of winners could trigger a generous payoff. Let’s go through the Pick 4 [...]

Promises Fulfilled stands out in John A. Nerud Stakes

Promises Fulfilled (right) edges Whitmore in a thrilling renewal of the Phoenix Stakes (G3) - Keeneland Photo Following a series of troubled defeats against tougher company, it appears #9 Promises Fulfilled has found the perfect spot to rebound in Saturday’s $300,000 John A. Nerud Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park. This seven-furlong sprint serves as a “Win and You’re In” qualifier to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita Park, a race in which Promises Fulfilled finished [...]

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 [...]

Breeders’ Cup Sprint top 5: Roy H seeks a three-peat

Roy H winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) - Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup Typically one of the most competitive races at the annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships is the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), a six-furlong test of speed and talent. The 2019 Sprint should be no exception. There’s no shortage of top-class sprinters currently targeting the Nov. 2 race at Santa Anita Park, including runners with previous experience in the Breeders’ Cup. Who [...]