Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint Top 10 – 7/27/18

Chief Cicatriz winning the Aristides Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography As part of my ongoing “Breeders’ Cup Top 10” series, I decided this week to rank my Top 10 contenders for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Given the large number of talented sprinters in North America, this was not an easy list to compile. I chose to leave off such prominent runners as Mind Your Biscuits, who might be [...]

Wilbo Should Receive Winning Trip in Aristides Stakes

Wilbo winning the King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography The field for the $100,000 Aristides Stakes (gr. III) on Saturday at Churchill Downs might not be huge, but it’s certainly not lacking in early speed. Four of the seven horses entered in this six-furlong sprint—#1 Smart Spree, #2 Shadow Tracer, #5 Mr. Crow, and #7 Chief Cicatriz—prefer to race on or very close to the lead, which should ensure that the pace of the Aristides [...]