Distaff division update: Midnight Bisou, Point of Honor impress

Midnight Bisou (far right) edging Elate (far left) in the Azeri Stakes - Coady Phototgraphy One week after Elate threw down a challenge to her fellow Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) contenders with a sensational victory in the Delaware Handicap (G2), a handful of talented fillies and mares responded with eye-catching performances of their own. The Breeders’ Cup Distaff is shaping up to be among the most exciting and competitive races at the Breeders’ Cup in November at Santa [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint top 10

Stormy Liberal defeating World of Trouble in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) - Photo by John Voorhees/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup With the recent confirmation that the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita will be conducted over five furlongs in distance, we can finally start formulating opinions on the top contenders for this prestigious year-end race. Previous uncertainty surrounding the distance of the race made it difficult to analyze and rank the top contenders. [...]

Why I’m betting Endorsed in the Curlin Stakes

Saratoga - Photo by Adam Mooshian/Coglianese Photos The $100,000 Curlin Stakes on July 26 at Saratoga offers an unusual entry condition that makes the race an appealing target for up-and-coming 3-year-olds. The 1 1/8-mile race is restricted to runners “which have not won a graded sweepstakes over a mile in 2019.” In other words, you won’t find division leaders in the Curlin. Instead you’ll find a blend of horses looking for an easy spot to boost their confidence [...]

Upset candidates to consider in the Prince of Wales Stakes

One Bad Boy winning the Queen's Plate Stakes at Woodbine - Michael Burns Photo A classic race on a Tuesday? It might seem unusual, but July 23 is the day Fort Erie racetrack will run the $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. Although the Prince of Wales has attracted the top four finishers from the June 29 Queen’s Plate Stakes, the first leg of the three-race series, there’s no guarantee the [...]

Spot plays for opening day at Del Mar

Summer has officially arrived at Del Mar, “Where the Turf Meets the Surf.” Del Mar’s anticipated summer race meet gets underway Wednesday with a 10-race card. It’s a can’t-miss event on the racing calendar, so even if you can’t make it out to California to attend in person, we can still take ~$50 and celebrate opening day with a couple of spot plays: Race 7: maiden special weight Call it a hunch, but I’m siding with the 12-1 first-time starter [...]

Tips for betting 2-year-olds at Del Mar

Del Mar - © Benoit Photo Need some tips for handicapping the anticipated juvenile races at Del Mar this summer? BetAmerica has you covered! Betting on competitive races packed with unraced or lightly raced 2-year-old Thoroughbreds can be a challenging task, but it can also be a rewarding one. Who doesn’t want to be the first racing fan to uncover a future champion or Triple Crown winner? Based on data from Statsmaster and Equibase.com, here are a few [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff top 5: Elate takes over

Elate winning the Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) - Coady Photography As we head into summer, the top contenders for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) are beginning to build their credentials for the championship showdown at Santa Anita. Elate has re-emerged as one of the favorites, following an impressive victory in the Delaware Handicap (G2), Midnight Bisou has continued her winning ways with a triumph in the Ogden Phipps (G1) and the 3-year-old Guarana has burst onto [...]

Raging Whiskey brings strong form lines to Sanford Stakes

At this time of year hardly any stakes races for 2-year-olds have been run, and comparing the form of juveniles from different tracks is a tricky process. But when examining the entries for Saturday’s $150,000 Sanford Stakes (G3) at Saratoga, #2 Raging Whiskey jumps out. Somehow this son of Bourbon Courage has already been beaten by two future stakes winners, which says something about the quality of competition he’s been facing. Raging Whiskey debuted in a seemingly unremarkable 4 1/2-furlong [...]

Why I’m betting Homerique in the 2019 Diana Stakes

Homerique winning the New York Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park - © NYRA/Coglianese Photography Just from a mathematical perspective, we can expect trainer Chad Brown to prevail in Saturday’s $500,000 Diana Stakes (G1), the feature race on opening weekend at Saratoga. Brown has won the 1 1/8-mile turf test for fillies and mares on four occasions, including the last three renewals, with Dacita, Lady Eli and Sistercharlie. He’ll saddle four of the six starters in the 2019 Diana, [...]

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 [...]