Holy Helena, Fahan Mura Bring Win Streaks to New York Stakes

Holy Helena winning the Sheepshead Bay Stakes - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography Two fillies with win streaks against vastly different levels of competition will face off in Friday’s $600,000 New York Stakes (gr. II) going 1 ¼ miles over the inner turf course at Belmont Park. Holy Helena is 3-for-3 this year and enters the New York Stakes off wins in the The Very One Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream and the Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. II) [...]

Closing out the Keeneland Meet Strong- Late Pick 5 Analysis

It is Closing Day at Keeneland Race Course and that means that all pools are mandatory payouts, including the late Pick 5 that commences in Race 6. Horses that possess stamina will be on display on Friday in Lexington as all five races are conducted at least two turns, with three of them at a mile and three-sixteenths or further. Let’s close out the meet strong and help build the bankroll for the start of the Churchill Downs meeting on [...]

Chad Brown Holds Strong Hand in American Oaks

Rymska winning the Sweetest Chant Stakes - Photo by Kenny Martin/Coglianese Photography The final Grade 1 race of 2017 is the $300,000 American Oaks at Santa Anita, a 1 ¼-mile turf event for three-year-old fillies that has attracted a quality field of ten starters. In recent years, horses shipping in from out of state have enjoyed strong success in California’s major turf stakes races, and no trainer has dominated turf racing across the country more thoroughly than Chad [...]

Solid challenge awaits Daddys Lil Darling

Pin Oak Valley View Stakes winner Lovely Bernadette seeks another graded triumph in the Mrs. Revere Stakes. Pic: Keeneland/Coady Photography. After a busy, varied, and at times frustrating year, Daddys Lil Darling is once again seeking her first graded stakes triumph as a 3-year-old. The Scat Daddy filly is the likely favorite for the 1 1/16-mile Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs, a race which has drawn a good field of 3-year-old turf fillies. Daddys Lil Darling [...]

New Money Honey faces worthy European challenge

Punters will need to assess the form of the European 3-year-old fillies against that of North America when handicapping the 1 1/8-mile Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at Keeneland Oct. 14. The American division, headed by New Money Honey, face two European-trained runners – one of which has strong form against the best on that continent. Wuheida, from the stable of Charlie Appleby, hasn’t won since the Prix Marcel Boussac (G1) last year. But in four group one races [...]