Ward Fillies Look Competitive in Mamzelle Stakes

Trainer Wesley Ward - Coady Photography If there’s a trainer in North America more successful than Wesley Ward at conditioning young turf sprinters, I don’t know who it would be. So it should come as no surprise Ward has prepared a trio of 3-year-old fillies to contest Saturday’s $100,000 Mamzelle Stakes at Churchill Downs, a five-furlong turf sprint with a dozen entries. The most accomplished of the Ward trio is #5 Chelsea Cloisters, and while this daughter of [...]

Restless Rider Faces Full Field in Keeneland’s Alcibiades Stakes

Restless Rider winning the Debutante Stakes - Coady Photography Just as the Saratoga and Del Mar race meets are synonymous with summer in the sport of horse racing, Keeneland’s annual October race meet is synonymous with the arrival of fall. This year’s much-anticipated fall meet kicks off on October 6th, and as usual, the stakes schedule is packed with “Win and You’re In” prep races for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The feature race on the opening-day [...]

From Last to First, Sippican Harbor Wins the Spinaway

Sippican Harbor winning the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography It might seem like a difficult task to rally from last-to-first in the final three furlongs of a seven-furlong sprint, but Sippican Harbor certainly made the task look easy enough in Saturday’s $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. The first Grade 1 of the year for two-year-olds attracted eleven starters, but not even a large field and a wide trip could stop Sippican [...]

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 [...]

Why I’m Keying Restless Rider in the Spinaway Stakes

Restless Rider winning the Debutante Stakes - Coady Photography The East Coast, Midwest, and West Coast will all be well represented in Saturday’s $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, so there’s no guarantee that the East Coast’s first major prize for two-year-old fillies will be won by a local runner. Twelve promising juveniles have turned out to contest this seven-furlong "Win and You're In" prep race for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), with #4 Catherinethegreat [...]

Saratoga 2yos Analysis: Pletcher Off to Fast Start, Loaded for Week Two

Saratoga certainly knows how to open with a bang! For racing fans and bettors, one of the main highlights of Saratoga is the numerous races for two-year-olds held throughout the summer, so it was delightful to see a large number of these races contested during the first few days of the meet. In terms of class, the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III) on Friday and the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. III) on Saturday were the best juvenile races on opening [...]

Saratoga 2yos Analysis

Saratoga Starting Gate (Horsephotos.com) Get ready! The much-anticipated Saratoga meet opens on Friday, and with the opening of Saratoga comes another fantastic summer of top-notch two-year-old racing. Will we see the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner in action? Or the 2019 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner? Only time will tell, but there’s no doubt we’ll see plenty of promising young horses race at Saratoga this summer, so let’s kick things off by looking at some of [...]