Picks and Plays for the Las Cienegas and La Canada Stakes

Santa Anita - Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Todd Buchanan 2014 Although most of the attention at Santa Anita this time of year is focused on three-year-olds and Kentucky Derby prep races, the upcoming Saturday card is a bit different, aimed at showcasing older mares on both dirt and turf. The 6.5-furlong $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes (gr. III) over the unique downhill turf course is first on the agenda, and will be followed two hours later by the 8.5-furlong [...]

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 [...]

Three-Year-Olds Might Have the Edge in Flying Five Stakes

Sunday’s Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (Eng-I) at the Curragh in Ireland might not be the toughest Group 1 sprint you’ll ever find, but the race is nevertheless a “Win and You’re In” prep race for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I) and is worth watching for that reason alone. British bookmakers perceive a pair of three-year-olds as having an edge over their older rivals in this five-furlong sprint, ranking Havana Grey as the favorite over fellow sophomore [...]

Battaash, Blue Point Face Off in Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes

Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com The Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I) has been run on ten occasions, and thus far, no horse based in Europe has prevailed in the rich turf sprint. Whether that changes in November at Churchill Downs remains to be seen, but on Friday we’ll get a chance to see some of Europe’s top contenders in action when York Racecourse hosts the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I), a five-furlong sprint that offers a “Win [...]

Long On Value Make Triumphant Rally in Highlander Stakes

Long On Value winning the Mighty Beau Stakes at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Since his debut back in 2013, Long On Value has seemingly done it all. There was a time when he appeared to have a bright future as a sprinter on dirt; then, he underwent a transformation and turned into an effective miler on turf. Now, at the age of seven, Long On Value has combined his two fortes and reemerged as a sprinter on [...]

Keying Longshot Holding Gold in the Highlander Stakes

Holding Gold winning the Colonel Power Stakes at Fair Grounds - Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir Thanks to the creation of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I) in 2008, the turf sprint division of North America’s racing scene has been gaining in prestige over the last ten years. There’s no greater evidence of this than Saturdays $250,000 Highland Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine, a six-furlong “Win and You’re In” prep race for the Breeders’ Cup Turf [...]

How to Bet the Diamond Jubilee Stakes

Bound for Nowhere winning the Shakertown Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland - Keeneland Photo There’s something for everyone in Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot, and maybe—just maybe—there’s an opportunity for an American runner to secure a Group 1 victory. As the final group stakes race of the Royal Ascot meet, the Diamond Jubilee offers one last chance for horsemen and bettors alike to make a big score, and the race figures to be a dash [...]

How to Bet the Commonwealth Cup

Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com With only three previous renewals, Friday’s Commonwealth Cup (Eng-I) is one of the newest stakes races held at Royal Ascot each summer, but the six-furlong event has already earned a reputation as an exciting race that provides a stage on which future star sprinters can shine. An impressive 22 horses have been entered in this year’s Commonwealth Cup, so bettors will have plenty of promising horses to choose from. Trainer Aidan O’Brien [...]