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 [...]

Keying War Heroine in the Starlet Stakes

War Heroine winning her debut at Del Mar (Benoit Photo) The $300,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I) might be a Grade 1 race, but from a handicapping perspective, the December 9th feature at Los Alamitos hasn’t come up very tough. Just five fillies have turned out to contest the 8.5-furlong race, with the likely favorite being the experienced #2 Piedi Bianchi. Trained by Doug O’Neill, the daughter of Overanalyze has already run in three Grade 1 races, running second in [...]

Open look about Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Separationofpowers is too strong in the Frizette Stakes (Coglianese Photos) Successive grade one victories in California have hurled Moonshine Memories into favoritism for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 4th, but it’s still a race where the form lines aren’t easy to establish. Moonshine Memories won both the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1) and the Chandelier Stakes (G1) in a very professional manner – getting into a stalking position quickly, attacking on the final turn, and extending [...]

Handicapping Big Breeders’ Cup Preview Day Saturday at Santa Anita

Cupid wins the Harry F Brubaker Stakes (Benoit Photo) Santa Anita Graded Stakes Preview for September 30, 2017 Breeders’ Cup preview days don’t get much bigger than at Santa Anita Sept. 30. Five grade one races are being staged at the Southern California track, and all carry direct entry into the relevant Breeders’ Cup contest for the winners. Perhaps the most even contest is the Awesome Again Stakes, run at 1 1/8 miles, which carries direct entry into [...]

Baffert Has a Strong Hand Going into 2016 Breeders’ Cup

A year removed from winning the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic with American Pharoah, Bob Baffert returns to the Breeders' Cup with a strong hand. Not only does Baffert have two horses with a shot to take down California Chrome in the BC Classic, he also has one of a chalks in the BC Sprint and one of the chalks in the BC Juvenile. Noted and Quoted, BC Juvenile Fillies Noted and Quoted should be one [...]