Enable, Crystal Ocean clash in King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

Enable winning the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) - Coady Photography It’s a showdown of top-class caliber at one of the world’s oldest Thoroughbred racetracks. It’s one of the most prestigious races in all of Europe. It’s the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1), scheduled to be held for the 69th time Saturday at Ascot Racecourse in England. Every year the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the [...]

Breeders’ Cup Turf top 5: An American at the top

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography European shippers have dominated the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), so much so that 17 of the last 20 winners were trained overseas. But once in a while a high-class U.S. runner comes along and successfully defends their home turf. Could we see an American winner in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf? The field remains very much in flux with [...]

Which Royal Ascot runners could compete in the Breeders’ Cup?

Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com The five-day Royal Ascot meet showcased Thoroughbred racing on an international stage and produced plenty of standout performances from established and rising stars. With luck a few of the big-name runners will make their way to Santa Anita Park in November for the Breeders’ Cup. Who could we see make the trip? Here are four Royal Ascot competitors who seem possible to target the greatest two days in American racing. Bangkok The 3-year-old [...]

Cracksman, Roaring Lion Among Stars on British Champions Day

Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com The 2018 racing season in Great Britain will reach its climax this Saturday with the eighth-annual British Champions Day at Ascot, a top-class afternoon of racing featuring five prestigious stakes races across a variety of distances and divisions. The day could be especially memorable for trainer John Gosden, who conditions the favorite in four of the five races. Here’s a quick rundown of what to watch for on Saturday…. Race 1: QIPCO [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Top 10: Sorting Out the Euros

Robert Bruce winning the Arlington Million (gr. I) - © Arlington Park/Coady Photography Getting an early start handicapping the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) is always a challenge, since European runners tend to have the advantage, but determining which ones might make the trip is easier said than done. That said, with less than seven weeks remaining until the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs, here’s my preliminary attempt at ranking some of the top contenders, which [...]

Poet’s Word Rallies to Victory in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

By winning the King George, Poet's Word has earned a "Win and You're In" berth to the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs. Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011 Gallant? Determined? Unwavering? Pick any similar adjective and you’ll have a word that roughly describes the relentless late rally turned in by Poet’s Word to win the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) on Saturday at Ascot Racecourse in England. Even knowing the outcome, it [...]

Cracksman Seeks Redemption in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The talented Cracksman is looking to bounce back from a surprising defeat at Royal Ascot last month - Photo by Horsephotos.com Isn’t it funny how fast things can change in the sport of horse racing? Barely more than a month ago, Cracksman was the toast of Europe’s racing scene, a three-time Group 1 winner viewed as a budding superstar and a nearly unbeatable force for trainer John Gosden. Now, he’s just the third choice in an eight-horse field [...]