Betting the Exacta in the Buena Vista Stakes

Vasilika winning the John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © Benoit Photo From claim to fame—that’s been the story for #9 Vasilika, who will start as the favorite in Saturday’s $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita. Claimed by Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer just over one year ago, the five-year-old daughter of Skipshot has been almost unstoppable since then. All told, she’s won 11 of her last 13 starts, a [...]

Why I’m Betting Santa Monica in the E.P. Taylor Stakes

Santa Monica winning the Dance Smartly Stakes (gr. II) at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) There’s seemingly something for everyone in Saturday’s $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine, a 1 ¼-mile turf event that is shaping up to be one of the best betting races of the weekend. There are several European shippers… a talented local runner... a couple of three-year-olds… and three contenders trained by Chad Brown, who has surprisingly never won the E.P. Taylor Stakes. [...]

Brown pair head Athenia Stakes field

Off Limits wins the Noble Damsel Stakes at Belmont Park Sept. 23. Photo: Coglianese Photos.   Chad Brown’s runners are always tough to beat in turf races for fillies and mares, and the 1 1/16-mile Athenia Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park Oct. 28 looks to be no exception. Brown trains three of the 12 entries, including the morning-line favorite Off Limits and second favorite Elysea’s World. Off Limits has raced four times in 2017 for three victories. She [...]