Why I’m betting Admission Office in the Wise Dan Stakes

Admission Office winning a Keeneland allowance race - Keeneland Photo A wide post draw in a large field is less than ideal, but when 14 horses assemble for Saturday’s $250,000 Wise Dan Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs, my money will be on #12 Admission Office. This lightly raced 4-year-old son of Point of Entry has never missed the exacta in six starts, and he’s shown particular promise this year. In his 2019 debut—his first run for current trainer [...]

Award Winner Looks Prize-Worthy in Gulfstream Maiden Race

Gulfstream Park (Coglianese Photos) It’s well known that Todd Pletcher is tough to beat at Gulfstream Park, where he has been the leading trainer at the winter/spring Championship Meet on fifteen occasions. Pletcher is particularly tough with his two-year-olds and three-year-olds, which is why it comes as no surprise to see Pletcher with two entrants in Saturday’s seventh race at Gulfstream, a one-mile maiden special weight for two-year-olds. But does this mean that handicappers should simply concede that [...]

Asmussen, Pletcher Ready With Top 2yos for Saratoga Meet

Strike Silver (dark bay) edges Nitrous (gray) in a maiden race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Saratoga… they call it the “Graveyard of Favorites,” but it could also be considered the “Birthplace of Champions.” After all, with its terrific program of races for two-year-olds—seven graded stakes races supported by literally dozens of maiden races—Saratoga has been a major step on the road to success for many of racing’s biggest stars. Over the last five years, the Triple [...]

Quality Field Assembles for Ruffian Stakes

Highway Star winning the Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) - NYRA/Coglianese Photography The field for Sunday’s $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park might be small, but it’s certainly not lacking in quality. Five of the six fillies and mares entered in the one-mile event are graded stakes winners, including Unchained Melody, who could be among the favorites. The four-year-old daughter of Smart Strike opened her career with three wins from four starts last season, including an [...]