Enable, Crystal Ocean clash in King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

Enable winning the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) - Coady Photography It’s a showdown of top-class caliber at one of the world’s oldest Thoroughbred racetracks. It’s one of the most prestigious races in all of Europe. It’s the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1), scheduled to be held for the 69th time Saturday at Ascot Racecourse in England. Every year the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the [...]

Can Enable be defeated in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes?

Magical (purple cap) battles with Enable (pink cap) in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) - © Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup When the two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) winner Enable makes her much-anticipated 2019 debut in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes (G1) at Sandown Park Racecourse in England, she might not be a shoo-in to prevail. Racing for the powerful team of trainer John Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori, #6 Enable will be favored to defeat seven rivals [...]

Women’s World Cup: England, Sweden playing for pride Saturday

The Women's World Cup enters its final stages this weekend, and the third-place match kicks things off Saturday in Nice. It's the match neither team wants to be in, but one will have to settle for third in the tournament with a win. England vs. Sweden (England -135, Sweden +345, Draw +285) World Cup free pick: Draw Both teams have recent history in the third-place game. England won it in 2015, and Sweden did the same in 2011. England will [...]

Women’s World Cup semifinals preview: Americans take on England

The scene shifts to Lyon on Tuesday for the semifinal round of the Women's World Cup. The four remaining teams will fight to see who makes it to Sunday's title game in Lyon, while the losers will have to settle for the third-place match in Nice on Saturday. England vs. United States, Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET (England +340, USA -130, Draw +270) The United States might be the defending champion, but England has made back-to-back World Cup semifinals. The Americans [...]

Women’s World Cup quarterfinals preview

We have reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 Women's World Cup, and all of Europe is having a party that America is trying to crash. Seven of the eight quarterfinal teams come from Europe, while the lone team trying to spoil the European fun is the United States Women's National Team. The winners move onto the semifinals in Lyon for a shot at playing for the trophy. Thursday Norway vs. England (Norway +230, England +100, Draw +215) Norway enters the [...]

Royal Ascot spot plays: Sands of Mali in the Diamond Jubilee

Royal Procession. Queen Elizabeth the Second arriving at Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com It’s been a fun run, but the five-day Royal Ascot meet wraps up Saturday with one last stakes-filled card, highlighted by the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (G1). To celebrate the final day of racing, let’s examine the three group races on the agenda and try to end the meet on a winning note. Race 2: Jersey Stakes (G3) #13 Space Blues has yet to compete [...]

Royal Ascot: Spot plays for Day 4

Racing at Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com The penultimate day of racing at the 2019 Royal Ascot meet features four more group stakes races, including a high-quality renewal of the Coronation Stakes (G1). Favorites have struggled during the first three days of the meet, perhaps in part because of the soft ground, but with the course drying out, the action might be a bit more predictable Friday. Let’s dig in and come up with a few spot [...]

Royal Ascot: Spot plays for Gold Cup day

Horses and jockeys during the 2017 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com The highlight of the racing action on Day 3 of the 2019 Royal Ascot meeting is the Gold Cup (G1), a 2 1/2-mile test of stamina that ranks among my favorite races anywhere in the world. I’m also intrigued by the much shorter Norfolk Stakes (G2) for 2-year-olds, so let’s come up with a few plays for these two competitive events. Race [...]

Royal Ascot spot plays for a magical day of racing Wednesday

Magical (purple cap) battles with Enable (pink cap) in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) - © Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup The second day of racing at Royal Ascot brings the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1), arguably the most anticipated race of the meet, thanks to its high-quality international field. Three other group stakes races support the Prince of Wales’s, with the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (G2) for fillies and mares my main interest from a handicapping [...]

Royal Ascot: Three spot plays for opening day

Imprimis winning the Shakertown Stakes (G2) at Keeneland - Keeneland Photo On Tuesday racing fans around the globe will turn their attention to Ascot Racecourse in England, where the five-day Royal Ascot race meet will take place June 18-22. The prestigious and much-anticipated meet will feature high-class horses from around the world in 30 races, including 19 group stakes. The opening-day card is particularly deep, with three group 1 races on the agenda. Want to get in on [...]