Raging Whiskey brings strong form lines to Sanford Stakes

At this time of year hardly any stakes races for 2-year-olds have been run, and comparing the form of juveniles from different tracks is a tricky process. But when examining the entries for Saturday’s $150,000 Sanford Stakes (G3) at Saratoga, #2 Raging Whiskey jumps out. Somehow this son of Bourbon Courage has already been beaten by two future stakes winners, which says something about the quality of competition he’s been facing. Raging Whiskey debuted in a seemingly unremarkable 4 1/2-furlong [...]

Four Fillies to Consider in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool

The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The annual Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool opens for action this weekend, with 23 individual fillies plus an “all others” option available for bettors to consider. The Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs is just two months away, but the potential field for the race remains in flux. That’s why it’s tough to consider playing the morning line favorites when there’s no guarantee that they’ll be among the favorites (or [...]

An Introduction to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011 A new Breeders’ Cup race is set to debut this year at Churchill Downs, and while it might not be the type of championship race you’d typically expect from the Breeders’ Cup, there’s no doubt that it will offer bettors an intriguing handicapping challenge with the possibility for big payoffs. The race in question is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, a 5 ½-furlong grass race somewhat reminiscent of the short-lived [...]

Why I’m Betting Serengeti Empress in the Pocahontas Stakes

Serengeti Empress winning the Ellis Park Debutante Stakes - Coady Photography It’s a simple question—will anyone defeat #1 Serengeti Empress in Saturday’s $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs? In my opinion, the answer is pretty simple as well—no. No one will defeat Serengeti Empress. Okay, maybe that statement is a little bit bold, but consider it a concise way of stating that I really like the chances of Serengeti Empress in the Pocahontas Stakes, which serves [...]

Late Pick 4 Analysis for Pacific Classic Day at Del Mar

January 09, 2016: Collected, Evers/ESW/CSM If Accelerate runs his race off a near three-month break he is going to be very tough to beat in Saturday’s one-million-dollar Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar. The five-year-old possesses tactical speed that should allow jockey Joel Rosario to have him in a perfect spot early, he has run over the Del Mar main track, and he has illustrated in 2018 that getting a mile and a quarter is well within his [...]

Del Mar 2yos Analysis: Bellafina Impresses, Instagrand Steps Up

Bellafina winning the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO Bellafina didn’t really look like a star in the making when she finished second in her debut at Los Alamitos last month. But boy, she presented an entirely different appearance in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) on Sunday at Del Mar! The Sorrento, an early prep race on the road to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), was the top juvenile race [...]

A Pair of Maidens In With Significant Chance in Sunday’s Sorrento at Del Mar

The second of two graded stakes events on tap for Sunday’s card at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes for two-year-old fillies. The 2018 rendition is a challenging one for handicappers as 7 of the 10 fillies entered come in with just one start under their belt. While most horseplayers will lean on horses that won their first race, do not be too quick to eliminate a pair of Kentucky breds that come into the [...]

Del Mar 2yos Analysis: Baffert Set to Debut Chasing Yesterday, Roadster

Bob Baffert at Saratoga - Photo by Courtney Heeney/Coglianese Photography The first week of summer racing at Del Mar is complete, and suffice to say there was lots of noteworthy action on the juvenile racing front, with plenty more to come this week. With the main juvenile stakes races coming a bit later in the meet, the most significant events on opening week were the high-class maiden special weights that drew large fields of promising young runners. On [...]

Del Mar 2yos Analysis for July 20-22, 2018

Opening Day racing, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (Horsephotos.com) The Del Mar summer meet kicked off on Wednesday, which means it’s time to start watching the track’s many high-class races for two-year-olds in search of 2019 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders. We’ve already seen one promising debut winner, that being the filly Brill, who was rumored to be something special and favored at 0.70-1 in a five-furlong maiden race on Wednesday. With a top-notch pedigree (she’s by Medaglia [...]

Del Mar Late Pick 4 Analysis- Saturday July 21st

The first Saturday afternoon late Pick 4 of the 2018 Del Mar summer meeting is a good one. The four-race sequence that commences in Race 7 and concludes with the finale in Race 10 gets rolling with the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap followed by an extremely competitive rendition of the Grade 2 San Clemente. Here are my thoughts: Race 7: San Diego Handicap The prep for the one-million-dollar Pacific Classic gets things rolling. The mile and a sixteenth event [...]