How to bet the 2019 Connaught Cup Stakes

Shakhimat winning the 2017 Tropical Turf Stakes - © Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography #1 Shakhimat might not be the most consistent horse in training, but when he starts in Saturday’s $175,000 Connaught Cup Stakes (G2) at Woodbine, I think he’ll be sitting on a winning performance. The 6-year-old son of Lonhro has long been a classy stakes competitor and has even nabbed a couple of high-profile victories at the graded stakes level, including the 2017 Tropical Turf Stakes [...]

Magnum Moon Rises in Rebel Stakes

Magnum Moon winning the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography With a purse of $900,000 and a record of producing top horses, the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) on March 17th at Oaklawn Park promised to be a major stop on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Suffice to say, the race lived up to expectations, with Magnum Moon delivering an impressive performance to defeat a field that included the proven Grade 1 competitors Solomini and Sporting [...]

Keying Magnum Moon in the Rebel Stakes

Solomini (outside) rallies past McKinzie (inside) and Instilled Regard (middle) in the Los Alamitos Futurity(©Benoit Photo) It’s safe to say that the Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert knows how to win the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. Baffert has won the 8.5-furlong Kentucky Derby prep race a staggering six times in the last eight years, including with champions American Pharoah and Lookin at Lucky, so all eyes in the 2018 Rebel will surely be [...]