Eight Europeans Face Six Americans in 2018 Breeders’ Cup Mile

Oscar Performance winning the Woodbine Mile (gr. I) (Michael Burns Photo) It’s looking like a classic North America vs. Europe showdown in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I) on November 3rd at Churchill Downs, and while the raiders hold a slight advantage in numbers, the Americans appear far from being overmatched. Fourteen horses plus two also-eligibles have been entered in this competitive one-mile turf race, which is arguably the most wide-open of any Breeders’ Cup race this [...]

Guineas Winners Could Have Advantage in Coronation Stakes

Photo by Horsephotos.com It usually takes a very good filly to win the one-mile Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot. And in my opinion, #5 Billesdon Brook fits the bill as, indeed, a very good filly. Considering that four of the last five winners of the Coronation (Winter, Ervedya, Rizeena, and Sky Lantern) had previously prevailed in a Group 1 race, it’s encouraging that Billesdon Brook fits the profile of past winners. Trained by Richard Hannon, the daughter [...]