2018 Year in Review: Horse Racing’s Top 5 Biggest Upsets

Knicks Go winning the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) - Keeneland Photo Although 2018 was generally a very productive year for racing’s established stars, that doesn’t mean the season went by without any memorable (and occasionally monumental) upsets. Some upsets featured high-priced winners, while others featured favorites that were defeated at very short prices. Comparing and ranking them is tricky, but after going back through the year’s results, here’s my opinion on five of the biggest racing upsets [...]

Looking for Longshots in the Breeders’ Cup Classic

Yoshida winning the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga - Photo by Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography Unlike the last few years, when a handful of standout runners have made the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) more of a showdown among short-priced favorites than a wide-open betting race, the November 3rd, 2018 edition of the Classic at Churchill Downs is surely among the most puzzling in recent memory. In terms of career-best Beyer speed figures, it’s easy [...]

2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic vs. Distaff: Which Will Be the Better Race?

Monomoy Girl winning the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) - Coady Photography The $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic… the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff… they’re arguably the two most important races of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, but which one is shaping up to be the bigger highlight 2 ½ weeks from now at Churchill Downs? Well, that depends on your point of view—that is, whether you’re primarily a bettor seeking a big wagering score or a racing fan [...]

Triple Crown Veterans Face Off in Pimlico Special

Irish War Cry winning the Wood Memorial - Photo by Viola Jasko/Coglianese Photography One day prior to hosting the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Pimlico Racecourse will put on a stakes-packed Friday card that includes the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III), a 9.5-furlong race that will pit veterans of the 2017 Triple Crown trail against a few accomplished older rivals. In terms of overall achievements, no horse in the race can boast quite the same level of form as [...]

Charles Town Classic Highlights Stakes-Filled Card at Charles Town

Diversify winning the 2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup - Photo by Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand. Although there aren’t any Kentucky Derby prep races to look forward to this Saturday, handicappers are nevertheless in for a treat thanks to a terrific card at Charles Town that includes nine stakes races. Let’s take a quick look at some of the main contenders in each event…. Race 3: Its Binn Too Long Stakes Pure speed could be the most important factor in [...]

Gravesend, Queen’s County Stakes Highlight Quiet Saturday

Green Gratto winning the Carter Handicap (gr. I) - Adam Coglianese Photography Although the major racing action on December 23rd is relatively quiet, with just five stakes races scheduled to be run in North America, Aqueduct racetrack in New York will keep things interesting with a nine-race card that includes two stakes races. The $100,000 Gravesend Stakes, the seventh race on the card, is arguably the highlight of the day. The six-furlong sprint has attracted eight starters, including Threefiveindia, [...]