Spot plays for Breeders’ Cup Saturday

Sistercharlie (left) winning the 2018 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) - © Kaz Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup There’s an unwritten rule about watching and wagering on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships—you have to play every race. Oh sure, there are folks who confidently -- and perhaps wisely -- play only the races in which they have strong opinions. But half the fun of the Breeders’ Cup is having a rooting interest in every championship race, so [...]

Spot plays for Breeders’ Cup Friday

Kimari winning the Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland - Keeneland Photo The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies might be the highlights on “Future Stars Friday” at Santa Anita, but they’re not the only Breeders’ Cup races scheduled for November 1. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf will play supporting roles on the action-packed card. I’ve already shared my plays for the two feature [...]

Breeders’ Cup Turf Top 5: It it Bricks and Mortar’s year?

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography While the field for the November 2 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) at Santa Anita remains in flux, one thing seems certain—it won’t be the strongest renewal ever contested. With defending winner Enable passing the race—and with fellow European standouts Waldgeist, Sottsass and Japan seemingly unlikely to run—the potential field has lost some of its star power. On the other hand, [...]

California shipper might spring mild upset in Raven Run Stakes

Horses based in California enjoyed plenty of success on opening weekend at Keeneland. We'll wager on the Californians to extend their success in Saturday's $250,000 Raven Run Stakes (G2).

Castle Lady a formidable foreigner in QEII at Keeneland

The nine sophomore fillies entered in Saturday’s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at Keeneland are a quality bunch. Eight of them are stakes winners, and six have prevailed at the graded stakes level.

Belmont: Action-packed weekend features four Breeders’ Cup preps

Four weeks out from the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, Belmont Park will host an action-packed weekend of Breeders’ Cup prep races.

Keeneland: 9 Breeders’ Cup preps on the agenda for opening week

Elate winning the Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) - Coady Photography On a huge opening weekend of racing at Keeneland, nine “Win and You’re In” qualifiers for the November 1-2 Breeders’ Cup will be conducted. With the action spread across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you won’t want to miss a single day of racing. To help you stay up to speed, here’s a quick rundown of all Keeneland’s Breeders’ Cup preps, including race numbers and post times (all [...]

Belmont Park: Spot plays for Kelso Handicap, Noble Damsel Stakes

Graded stakes racing returns to Belmont Park on Saturday, September 21, with the $200,000 Noble Damsel Stakes (G3) and the $300,000 Kelso Handicap (G2).

Keying a 6-1 shot in the 2019 Spinaway Stakes

#6 Risky Mischief might not be the fastest filly on paper in Sunday’s $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, but I believe this daughter of Into Mischief might be better than she appears at first glance. Although Risky Mischief’s debut victory on July 31 at Saratoga didn’t yield big speed figures (67 Beyer and 82 Brisnet), she made a terrific visual impression. Facing nine New York-bred rivals in a six-furlong sprint, Risky Mischief broke slowly from the rail before rushing [...]

Chad Brown holds strong hand in Glens Fall Stakes

There isn’t much speed entered in Saturday’s $250,000 Glens Falls Stakes (G2) at Saratoga, which could be the ticket to success for #8 Night of England.