Bellafina Completes Rare Sweep in Chandelier Stakes

Bellafina winning the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO No matter how you slice it, it takes a pretty special filly to sweep the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II), Del Mar Debutante (gr. I), and Chandelier Stakes (gr. I), California’s three major prep races for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). Over the last 40 years, only four fillies have completed this impressive three-race streak, starting with Arewehavingfunyet (1985) and continuing with the [...]

Will Someone Upset Bellafina in the Chandelier Stakes?

Bellafina winning the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO If you have a strong opinion on who will win Saturday’s $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita, feel free to let me know, because in my opinion you can make a reasonably strong case for every filly in this field! That’s not to say that the race doesn’t have a clear favorite. Actually, #6 Bellafina was much the best in both the [...]

Del Mar and Saratoga 2yos Analysis: Grade 1s Close Out the Meets

Instagrand winning the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO Although we’re nearing the conclusions of the 2018 summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga, there’s still plenty of top-notch juvenile racing still to come. In fact, the meets are going to end with a bang in that respect! Saturday will see fillies take the stage in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) at Del Mar and the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at [...]

A Pair of Maidens In With Significant Chance in Sunday’s Sorrento at Del Mar

The second of two graded stakes events on tap for Sunday’s card at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes for two-year-old fillies. The 2018 rendition is a challenging one for handicappers as 7 of the 10 fillies entered come in with just one start under their belt. While most horseplayers will lean on horses that won their first race, do not be too quick to eliminate a pair of Kentucky breds that come into the [...]

Del Mar 2yos Analysis: Baffert Set to Debut Chasing Yesterday, Roadster

Bob Baffert at Saratoga - Photo by Courtney Heeney/Coglianese Photography The first week of summer racing at Del Mar is complete, and suffice to say there was lots of noteworthy action on the juvenile racing front, with plenty more to come this week. With the main juvenile stakes races coming a bit later in the meet, the most significant events on opening week were the high-class maiden special weights that drew large fields of promising young runners. On [...]

Del Mar 2yos Analysis for July 20-22, 2018

Opening Day racing, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (Horsephotos.com) The Del Mar summer meet kicked off on Wednesday, which means it’s time to start watching the track’s many high-class races for two-year-olds in search of 2019 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders. We’ve already seen one promising debut winner, that being the filly Brill, who was rumored to be something special and favored at 0.70-1 in a five-furlong maiden race on Wednesday. With a top-notch pedigree (she’s by Medaglia [...]