Lessons from tough Breeders’ Cup for punters

World Approval was one of just two favorites to win at the Breeders' Cup. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher. OK, hands up – who out there thought Mor Spirit, Moonshine Memories, Unique Bella, Lady Aurelia, Lady Eli, Drefong, and Bolt d’Oro would all be beaten at the Breeders’ Cup? It’s not often that only two one of the 13 Breeders’ Cup favorites win, as happened at Del Mar this year. But in an unpredictable year, only World Approval and [...]

Drefong a clear favorite in Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Drefong is well clear at the finish of the Forego Stakes at Saratoga. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand Last time Drefong started at Del Mar, he threw his jockey off at the gap shortly after the start of the Bing Crosby Stakes (G1). A repeat of that seems the most likely way he would be stopped from defending his Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) title. Since finishing fifth on debut as a 2-year-old, Baoma Corporation’s Gio Ponti colt has won [...]

Roy H. Seeks Better Luck in Sprint Championship

A clean trip will be the main wish for the connections of Roy H. as he seeks a second chance at grade one glory in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) Oct. 7. Roy H. was carted several horse widths wide on the turn in the Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) at Del Mar July 29 by the riderless champion sprinter Drefong, giving Ransom the Moon a saloon passage along the rail. The eventual margin in Ransom the Moon’s favor was [...]