Harvey Wallbanger Posts 29-1 Upset in Holy Bull Stakes

Harvey Wallbanger winning the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) - Photo by Adam Coglianese Photography/Leslie Martin Harvey Wallbanger spent much of Saturday’s Fasig-Tipon Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park racing in last place, but the 29-1 shot made the last move and ultimately had the last laugh as he rallied to post a stunning upset victory. The early pace of the 8.5-furlong Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race wound up more contested than expected as Epic [...]

2019 Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Signalman

Signalman winning the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) - Coady Photography Million-dollar yearlings make headlines from the moment they change hands at auction. But what about $32,000 yearlings? They have to wait and let their racing exploits make headlines instead, and suffice to say, Signalman is already making plenty of headlines. When trainer Kenny McPeek purchased the modestly-priced colt out of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall 2017 Yearling Sale on behalf of Tommie M. Lewis, David A. Bersen, [...]

Betting Longshot Signalman in the Breeders’ Futurity

Keeneland Photo What do you do when faced with handicapping a full field of fourteen lightly-raced two-year-olds, the majority of them stretching out around two turns for the first time? Well, pretty much the best you can do is analyze the field, pick a few horses you like, and hope for the best. That’s what I’ll be doing for Saturday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland, a 8.5-furlong “Win and You’re In” prep race for the 2018 [...]

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Cairo Cat

Cairo Cat (left) rallies to defeat Tight Ten in the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Kentucky Derby dreams can begin anywhere, anytime. If not for a rainy day at Saratoga, it’s very possible that Cairo Cat would never have emerged as the early leader on the list of qualifiers for the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Suffice to say, Cairo Cat has come a long way since his debut on July 21st at Saratoga, when he [...]

Keying Restless Rider in the Debutante Stakes

Shanghai Rain (outside) winning her debut at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography You have to admire any horse that overcomes adversity to win a race. And when the horse in question is an unraced two-year-old filly making her debut, you have to wonder if you’re looking at an above-average runner. In handicapping Saturday’s $100,000 Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs, a six-furlong sprint for juvenile fillies, I’m drawn to the chances of #5 Restless Rider. Why? Well, just read [...]

Spot Plays for “Downs After Dark”

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The first “Downs After Dark” card of 2018 is on Saturday in Louisville and the racing office at Churchill Downs put together an extremely strong 11-race card that is headlined by the Grade 3 Aristides run at six panels over the main track. There are several races that present excellent wagering opportunities throughout the evening that commences at 6PM local time, but here are a few horses that I hope will make it [...]

Keying Golden Mischief in the Winning Colors Stakes

Golden Mischief winning at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography After handicapping Saturday’s $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, I have to think that it’s going to take a monstrous effort for anyone to defeat #2 Golden Mischief in this six-furlong sprint. On paper, the four-year-old daughter of Into Mischief appears to be a cut above her five rivals. Owned by Juddmonte Farms and trained by Brad Cox, Golden Mischief is a four-time stakes winner with [...]