Enable, Magical meet again in Yorkshire Oaks

Magical (purple cap) battles with Enable (pink cap) in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf - © Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup The August 22 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (G1) at York in England is always a prestigious event, but this year, the presence of superstar mare #1 Enable has elevated the race to a new level. With nine group 1 victories under her belt, including back-to-back triumphs in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), Enable is already a [...]

Letmeno steps up in TwinSpires Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes

Trainer Ian Wilkes isn’t known for sending out ready-to-win first-time starters, which is why his 2-year-old #2 Letmeno looms as an intriguing contender in Saturday’s $100,000 TwinSpires Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes at Ellis Park.

Why Point of Honor won’t lose the Alabama Stakes

A mile and a quarter is a distance fillies and mares rarely run on dirt in North America, which makes the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (G1) at Saratoga an intriguing handicapping challenge.

Will Uni defeat males in the Fourstardave Handicap?

Don't be afraid to bet Uni just because she is taking on males at Arlington.

Bricks and Mortar stands out in 2019 Arlington Million

A leading candidate for Horse of the Year honors will take center stage in Saturday’s $1 million Arlington Million (G1) at Arlington Park.

A longshot to consider in the West Virginia Derby

Mr. Money winning the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography You don’t need me to tell you #9 Mr. Money is the horse to beat in Saturday’s $500,000 West Virginia Derby (G3) at Mountaineer. That much should be apparent to even a casual handicapper glancing at the past performances. Mr. Money has earned a ton of purse money beating up on grade 3 competition this spring and summer. He cruised to victory by 5 [...]

Looking for a longshot in the Test Stakes

Serengeti Empress winning the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) - Coady Photography There are plenty of accomplished fillies to choose from in Saturday’s $500,000 Test Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. The only problem? They all share similar running styles. There’s the frontrunning #1 Serengeti Empress, winner of the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks (G1) and runner-up in the one-mile Acorn Stakes (G1). Trained by Tom Amoss, the daughter of Alternation is a tried-and-true frontrunner, and she’ll be cutting back to seven [...]

Step-by-step: Building an exacta ticket

(Photo by Michael McInally/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) As one of the oldest exotic wagers in horse racing, the exacta is practically as recognizable as the traditional win/place/show wagers the sport has long been known for. The exacta requires bettors to select the top two finishers of a race in the correct order. It’s a little harder than it sounds—an eight-horse field contains 56 possible exacta outcomes—but by employing sound betting strategies, you can increase your chances of hitting this [...]

Why I’m betting Shancelot in the Amsterdam Stakes

Shancelot winning an optional claiming race at Monmouth Park - © Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO “The best horse I’ve ever trained.” Those were the words trainer Jorge Navarro used to describe #12 Shancelot after the son of Shanghai Bobby dominated a June 23 six-furlong optional-claiming race at Monmouth Park by 6 1/4 lengths. Now Navarro’s belief will be put to the test, when Shancelot breaks from the far outside post in Sunday’s $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (G2) at Saratoga. Considering Navarro [...]

Exacta box of the week: Saratoga race 12 for Saturday, July 27

Exacta Box of the day for Saratoga This Saturday at Saratoga is a loaded card headlined by three graded races – the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2), Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) and Bowling Green Stakes (G2). If you make it through the card with some money still in your pocket, make sure you save some money for a bet in the Saratoga’s Saturday finale in Race 12 – a non-winners of two claiming race that is nevertheless one of the [...]