How to Bet the 2019 Soaring Softly Stakes

Turf racing at Belmont Park - Photo by Coglianese Photography Trainer Chad Brown might be the dominant conditioner of turf horses in North America, but on Saturday, he’ll try something new in the $100,000 Soaring Softly Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park. In essence, he’ll try to win a major turf race with a tried-and-true dirt horse. That’s right. Brown’s entry in this seven-furlong sprint is No. 5 Seek and Destroy, whose lone run on turf to date yielded [...]

How to Bet Keeneland’s Lexington Day All-Stakes Pick 4

Rushing Fall winning the Jessamine Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland. Photo: Keeneland/Coady Photography The second Saturday of the 2019 Keeneland spring meet features another action-packed afternoon of high-class racing, including the Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1) and the Lexington Stakes (G3). Those much-anticipated events comprise the last two legs of an all-stakes Pick 4 that has the potential to yield a nice payoff, but only if you can identify the winners of the Ben Ali Stakes (G3) and the [...]

Early Pick 5 Analysis for Florida Derby Day at Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Park (Coglianese Photos) The Gulfstream Park racing office has put together quite a card on Saturday afternoon headlined by the Grade 1 Florida Derby. The 14-race extravaganza offers horseplayers several opportunities at massive pools with none bigger than the mandatory payout in the Rainbow 6 commencing in Race 9. Before that six-race sequence there is a Pick 5 that we can use to hopefully build our bankroll for the rest of the card. Here are my thoughts [...]

Fast Boat Could Be Too Quick for Kitten’s Joy Rivals

Flameaway (blue and yellow silks) winning the Bourbon Stakes (gr. III) (Photo courtesy of Keeneland/Coady Photography) Few Thoroughbred stallions have achieved as much success in recent years as Kitten’s Joy, and you won’t find a much bigger fan of Kitten’s Joy than me. That’s one reason why I like to give the $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park a close look each year, though there’s another reason as well—it usually draws a very competitive field, and the [...]