Looking for Longshots on the Pegasus World Cup Undercard

Apple Betty winning the Dowager Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland - Keeneland/Coady Photography The $16 million Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) is obviously the highlight of the Saturday card at Gulfstream Park, but four other graded stakes races are scheduled to be run as well. Here are some of my handicapping thoughts on each race…. Race 3: La Prevoyante Stakes (gr. III) In this small field, it’s hard to look past #7 Apple Betty, a 1 ½-mile specialist [...]

Competitive Field Comes Together for H. Allen Jerkens Stakes

Taghleeb winning the 2016 Allen Jerkens Stakes at Gulfstream Park (Photo by Coglianese Photography/Lauren King) If you’re a fan of marathon races held over distances rarely seen in North America, then you won’t want to miss Saturday’s $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Named in honor of the legendary Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, the race is held over a distance of two miles on the turf course, and since so few races are annually [...]

O’Brien, Stoute look for more Breeders’ Cup Turf glory

Highland Reel should enjoy a firm track as he tries to defend his Breeders' Cup Turf crown.   The first place to look for the winner of the 1 ½-mile Breeders’ Cup Turf is, quite clearly, the European contingent. European horses clearly excel at this trip on turf, and with nine of the last 12 editions of this race being won by trans-Atlantic raiders, their connections know how to cope with the journey. Six of the 14 runners [...]

Idaho heads market for Canadian International

European horses have dominated the Pattinson Canadian International in recent years, and there’s every chance of more of the same in this year’s renewal at Woodbine Oct. 15. Aidan O’Brien’s Idaho is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a field of 10 for the $C800,000 race, run over 1 ½-miles on the Woodbine turf. Idaho is a brother of the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) winner Highland Reel, and though he hasn’t reached that level quite yet, he’s shown plenty of talent. [...]