It's Monday and we're looking back at the weekend of racing including opening day cards at Woodbine and Emerald Downs, the Elkhorn at Keeneland, the Charles Town Classic, and more!
Lake Ponchatrain winning the Pink Ribbon Stakes at Charles Town - Coady Photography If you’re planning to watch and wager on the $1 million Charles Town Classic (G2) Saturday at Charles Town, I strongly recommend you tune in early to catch the numerous stakes races earlier on the card. Eight stakes races (the first at 2:17 p.m. ET) are scheduled for the afternoon, and they’re arranged in consecutively, without a single allowance or claiming race stuck in between. The [...]
War Story - Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) The $1 million Charles Town Classic (G2) at Charles Town will be contested for the 11th time Saturday, and the previous ten renewals have produced some clear-cut clues to help us identify the most likely winner. Favorites have not been very successful in the Charles Town Classic, probably because the 1 1/8-mile race features three turns over a six-furlong bullring racetrack, which tends to produce a wild race from [...]
We're looking ahead to the weekend of racing action including the Charles Town Classic as well as racing from Keeneland. The BARN Jury come in to discuss the sporting events that still give them chills when they see them.
War Story - Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) Some major stakes races have a tendency to be dominated by the favorites, while others tend to be a bit more unpredictable. Take, for example, the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita, a race that has never been won by a horse starting at higher than 5.50-1. If you like betting favorites, that’s the type of race you should look for, but if you like longshots, I recommend [...]
Diversify winning the 2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup - Photo by Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand. Although there aren’t any Kentucky Derby prep races to look forward to this Saturday, handicappers are nevertheless in for a treat thanks to a terrific card at Charles Town that includes nine stakes races. Let’s take a quick look at some of the main contenders in each event…. Race 3: Its Binn Too Long Stakes Pure speed could be the most important factor in [...]
Last Saturday a trio of lucrative stakes worth a combined sum of over $2 million were decided on "off" tracks that produced a trio of mild upsets. In the ninth running of the Grade II, $1.25 million Charles Town Classic at nine furlongs, Imperative benefited from an early speed duel that involved favored Stanford, the defending champion of this event, and the razor sharp Matt King Coal down the backside and into the far turn and then rallied widest of [...]
With the exception of a rough trip in last fall's Breeders Cup Classic at Santa Anita when he had to settle for fourth as the 5-2 favorite, Shared Belief has been a dominant force on the west coast. On Saturday afternoon he will take his talents on the road for the first time outside of California when he goes postward as the heavy favorite in the Grade II, $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (race 12). A four-year-old Candy Ride gelding based at [...]