How to Bet the Test Stakes

Classy Act winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography What do you do when four of the top contenders in a given race seem certain to engage in an all-out battle for the lead, but you don’t really care for the chances of their late-running rivals? That’s the question I’m faced with when handicapping Saturday’s $500,000 Longines Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. The seven-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies has attracted nine starters, and four [...]

Keying the Favorites in the Kentucky Oaks

Monomoy Girl winning the Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography While it’s not easy to hit the trifecta in any race, let alone a Grade 1 event with fourteen horses, I get the feeling that Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs could provide a great opportunity for bettors seeking to make a big trifecta score. The 144th renewal of the “Run for the Lilies” pits some of the best three-year-old fillies in [...]

Kentucky Oaks Post Position Draw and Odds Analysis

2018 Kentucky Oaks Post Position Draw - Coady Photography Kentucky Derby week at Churchill Downs kicked off with a burst of excitement on Monday morning when post positions were drawn for Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), the prestigious race for three-year-old fillies that is held one day before the Derby. Fourteen horses have been entered in the nine-furlong “Run for the Lilies,” and while the small field compared to the Derby means that the post position [...]

All-Stakes Pick 4 Analysis for Louisiana Derby Day at Fair Grounds

Fair Grounds Race Course takes center stage on Saturday afternoon as the meet’s premier event headlines a superb card of racing that commences at 12:30 PM local time. The Twin Louisiana Derby drew a competitive field of ten colts led by the top two finishers in the Grade 2 Risen Star last month and Southwest Stakes winner My Boy Jack.  The one million dollar event concludes an all-stakes Pick 4 sequence that gets started in Race 8 with the [...]

Classy Act Takes Center Stage in Fair Grounds Oaks

Wonder Gadot winning the Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography If you’re looking for a horse to single in the multi-race wagers on Saturday at Fair Grounds, I would recommend that you check out the field for the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II). The 8.5-furlong Kentucky Oaks prep race has attracted nine starters, and at first glance the race appears very competitive. But upon closer examination, I believe that #1 Classy [...]

Monomoy Girl Stands Out in Rachel Alexandra Stakes

Monomoy Girl winning the Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday at Fair Grounds is a pretty important stop on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. The 8.5-furlong event is the first Kentucky Oaks prep race to offer 50 qualification points to the winner, and in all likelihood those 50 points will go to #8 Monomoy Girl, who looks tough to beat as the clear 8-5 [...]