2020 racing preview: 5 races you won’t want to miss

With 2020 just around the corner, now seems like the perfect time to look ahead at the coming year and examine a handful of the best Thoroughbred races on the agenda.

Ground should suit Magical in Champion Stakes

Although Saturday’s Champion Stakes (G1) at Ascot in England is open to all runners 3 and older, fillies and mares appear poised to dominate the prestigious 1 1/4-mile grass race.

Dubai Turf winner Vivlos favored in Queen Elizabeth II Cup

Crocosmia (right) and Vivlos meet again in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Kyoto. Pic: Japan Racing Association. Dubai Turf (G1) winner Vivlos seeks another grade one victory when she contests the 2,200-meter (about 1 3/8-mile) Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) for fillies and mares at Kyoto Nov. 12. Vivlos (Deep Impact), the winner of last year’s Shuka Sho (G1), the third leg of the fillies triple crown in Japan, went to Dubai and beat Ribchester, the subsequent [...]

Aerolithe a Dominating Favorite in Shuka Sho

There’s 18 horses to choose from in the final leg of Japan’s filly Triple Crown, the $1.6 million Shuka Sho, but there’s likely to be a dominating favorite. Aerolithe (Kurofune) is set to be at short odds for the 2,000-meter (about 1 ¼ miles) classic at Kyoto. She finished fifth in the Oka Sho (G1, Japanese 1,000 Guineas) in April, but has since beaten the colts and geldings in the NHK Mile Cup (G1) despite being four wide for most [...]